Wyclef is taking a page from the digital age and making his run for the Haitian presidency viral.
Wyclef has announced his plans to run for office via a YouTube video that sets up his "Fas A Fas" movement. In the video, the images make it seem as though he has already won the presidency and droves of supporters are shouting his campaign slogan.
The idea, and the type of support he receives from the people, is reminiscent of the campaign that led to President Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 U.S. election.
But there seems to be something missing from Wyclef’s video. As the opening video of his online campaign, it might have been a good idea for him to formally introduce himself and his agenda. This clip makes it seem as though potential voters already know who he is and what he is about.
One person he can’t count on for a vote, though, is his former Fugees group mate Pras. “I just think there are other candidates that are better, more qualified than Wyclef, at this point,” Pras told the Associated Press. “Just because he has the prominence doesn’t mean he has the experience.”
The rapper explained to the AP that a big cause for his concern is that he doesn’t feel Wyclef is taking about any specific ideas to fix Haiti’s problems. Beyond that, Pras doesn’t feel Wyclef has a staff that could help him execute any effort to move the island nation forward.
“I saw him the other day and I didn’t get a sense of what was the real plan for Haiti,” Pras said. “You got 1.2 million people living in tent city right now. What are the plans to get these people out from this tent city and to regular civilization? He didn’t address those issues.”
– Sonya Eskridge