5 Ways Obama Can Turn Around the Gulf Crisis

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1. Name a 'Czar'

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(Jim Lo Scalzo for USN&WR)

The president has already named over 30 “czars” for various government projects, why not one for the biggest challenge his administration faces? While National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen has done a great job on the attempts at capping the leak, it’s time to bring in a leader who can take the job from sea-level to 30,000 feet. I’ve blogged before that the president should consider naming Joe Biden his "czar" on this—as vice president, he’s got Obama’s ear and the statutory authority to command the bureaucracy. Add to that a staff and an airplane ready to go, plus goodwill on Capitol Hill. But if the president could reach out to a Republican—like General Colin Powell, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, or former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, for example—that would be even better. It puts the whole thing above politics, and sends a great message about both parties coming together, like former Presidents Clinton and Bush No. 41 did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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