The boy in the bubble

Bush’s personal aides put on a brave face to keep him from suspecting that anything might be going wrong.

Scary quote of the day:

If the aide looks nervous, the President will think there’s something to be nervous about. So you look calm even when everything is going wrong.

No, that wasn’t about Condi Rice and foreign policy, but it might as well have been.

It’s been said that if you can keep your head when those about you are losing theirs, you probably have no idea how bad things are. GWB isn’t the first boss to try to raise that wisecrack to the status of a management principle, but he may be the first President to do so.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

One thought on “The boy in the bubble”

  1. MACBETH (responding to bad news)
    "Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear,
    Thou lily-liver'd boy. What soldiers, patch?
    Death of thy soul! those linen cheeks of thine
    Are counsellors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?"

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