Rahm Emanuel gets credit for saying, in 2008, during the midst of the financial collapse, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
|Members of the SUNY Maritime Academy use row boats to help victims from Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J.
But way back in 1996, it was President Clinton’s FEMA administrator, James Lee Witt, who put it best when he said, “Disasters are very political events.”
Unlike Emanuel, Witt — who was testifying before Congress on corruption in government disaster management — was lamenting the fact that crises are politicized, not celebrating it.
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