Friday, September 02, 2005

North v. South

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.

2 comments:

Pfirsch said...

Thank you for sharing this link.

I am curious to know what you meant by "All judgments aside, truly. It's just interesting: things get done a little differently in different parts of the country, I suppose."

Jen said...

I was just struck by Giuliani's method (political, smooth) vs. Nagin's (very direct, compelling action). Both were leading cities under unimaginable circumstances and immense stress; both needed to accomplish something.