Michelle Wie for President!
Competent and organized, she spends time on the golf course
Oct. 13, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 39
IN THE NEWS
Raising Storm Relief Money, Ex-Presidents Try to Decide Where to Send It
The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2005
With Fanfare and Dollar Signs, Wie Scratches Her Professional Itch
The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2005
Regular readers of this column know that I have a mordant fascination with the juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated news stories.
Such is the case with former presidents Bush and Clinton having no idea where to spend the $108 million they raised for Hurricane Katrina victims, and teenage golfing sensation Michelle Wie turning pro.
When the horrors of Katrina and failure at all levels of government finally dawned on the current administration, President Bush started scrambling to try to make things right.
One high-profile act was to reassemble the Odd Couple from Tsunami Relief--George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton--as point men for a massive fundraising effort.
They raised a ton of money in response to Katrina, but it was never clear for what. In effect they have ripped off many generous donors who were trusting this high-powered, bipartisan duo to get aid to Katrina victims quickly. Otherwise, they would have given to the Red Cross or Salvation Army.
It seems that this was yet one more example of the current administration's philosophy of governance that can be summed up in three words:
Ready. Fire. Aim.
At the opposite end of the competence spectrum is golfing sensation Michelle Wie, who, just before her 16th birthday, announced that she was turning pro. Before making the announcement, everything had been thought through and was in place--$20 million in endorsements from Nike and Sony, making her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, plus representation by Ross Berlin of the William Morris Agency. In order to fulfill school commitments, she has a modest schedule of tournaments lined up that conceivably could include next year's Masters at Augusta.
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