Wyclef Jean -- ex-hip hopper, former Haitian presidential candidate and self-proclaimed "Obama groupie" -- likes Sarah Palin.
Why? "Cause she’s rad. She’s shrewd. She’s cool." And most importantly, "Because at the end of the day, I’m for the people, because this is the United States of America."
Anyone should have the right to say, ‘Look I can do the job and this is what qualifies me to do the job.’ ....Now my wife probably will debate and disagree with me.”
Women's Wear Daily goes on to report that Jean seems to become uneasy at what could be an unpopular association with Palin. He says:
“I’m not saying she could be the next president, you know, but there’s something about her. Heavy debates in my house. Whenever I say Sarah Palin, people think I’m crazy, but I like her, I do. I can like whoever. This is America, right?”
Some may wonder why this camaraderie with Palin resonates with Jean. Perhaps the rapper, who has sought to build his own political career, can relate to the 2008 vice-presidential nominee.
Unlike Palin who has successfully won elections, Jean's 2010 bid for the Haitian presidency was turned down because he did not meet the residency requirements. He had only lived in Haiti up until age 9. Though he said, "I am being drafted to serve my country," legalities got in the way.
We may never know the method to Jean's pro-Palin madness, but it's surely intriguing.