I found this interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin fascinating. Four years ago, when New York was in the midst of our own national tragedy, Rudy Giuliani -- though incredibly effective in ensuring the city's needs were met -- managed to capitalize on the attention to the point that he is still discussed as a possible presidential nominee for the party of the president who was doling out the aid.
Nagin, on the other hand, will probably not be invited for a photo op at the White House anytime soon. All judgments aside, truly. It's just interesting: things get done a little differently in different parts of the country, I suppose.