Musician Wyclef Jean is thinking about running for President of Haiti, CNN's Sara Holbrooke reported on a blog post. The Haitian-American told CNN, "I can't sing forever," and that he's already filled out the paperwork required for a presidential run. The French-language Canadian publication Le Droit first reported the story over the weekend, and suggested that Jean could be in a good position to battle the rampant corruption of his Caribbean homeland since he's already wealthy.
And as 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley reported last year, the former Fugee is no "Refugee All-Star" marooned in an adopted land, having frequently gone back to his native country for years, busy providing humanitarian aid to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Yet Jean's charity, Yele Haiti Foundation, has been accused of being a poorly-run organization with lax financial accountability. Gawker has accused Jean of paying his mistress $105,000 through Yele, and The Smoking Gun alleges that Yele has made Jean even richer.
In January, Jean gave an impassioned defense of his work. "Have we made mistakes before? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not," he said.
Whatever you think of Jean, let's hope reality will not fulfill the eerie portents of Jean's own song, "President," if he indeed becomes the leader of Haiti:
If I was president,
I'd get elected on Friday,
assassinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.