In my This Week interview with the ex-Presidents, I asked President Bush about what lessons from past disaster relief efforts can be applied to Haiti. Mr. Bush said managing expectations is key. He told me, “expectations are never met,” and added “the president is going to have to do his very best to set proper expectations”. “I thought he did so today,” Mr. Bush said of the current President.
President Bush of course was widely criticized for the government's handling of rescue and relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, though he also received many high marks for his emergency relief fund for AIDS.
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