Bill Clinton was visiting Haiti today on an aid mission following last year’s severe floods and he honoured Michael for helping the Democratic Party to raise cash. The former U.S. President, now a special U.N. envoy to Haiti, recalled Michael’s performance at a 2002 fundraiser at New York’s Apollo theatre.
“He basically helped save my party from terrible financial distress, so he was very kind to me personally”. He also recalled that Michael performed at his first inauguration in 1993 and added that he had struggled with the burden of early fame.
“He was an immensely gifted man and I think he basically meant well,” Clinton told The Associated Press. “I know about all the trouble he had in his life and I hope he will be remembered for his contribution as an artist. I hope his children turn out well. That would be the greatest tribute you could have.”