Choosing a Relief czar
September 09, 2005
The number one qualification for a "Katrina relief czar" is ... experience? Nope. Leadership? Nah. Not making George Bush look small? Yes, yes, yes!
There's an intense damage-control debate at the White House over whether President Bush should name a Katrina relief czar, and the idea's backers are pushing former mayor Rudy Giuliani as a dream candidate.
But some top Bush aides think a brand-name disaster boss like Giuliani, dubbed "America's Mayor" for his leadership after 9/11, or former secretary of state Colin Powell would remind Americans of the administration's sluggish initial response to the hurricane.