Jan 10, 2005
President Bush picked his brother Jeb, governor of Florida, to be high-profile co-ambassador of "good will" to the tsunami-devastated area of the Indian Ocean.
The cover story was Jeb's "experience" in emergencies like the Florida hurricanes.
The many people in Florida who still haven't gotten the promised relief and replacement housing would probably question Jeb's qualification. But in fact, the important "experience" involved is the raising and polishing of Jeb's political profile as the next-in-line of the Bush dynasty.
Politicians never seem to lose their capacity to snatch self-promotion from the jaws of human tragedy.