Crisis Leadership Quiz
October 2, 2001
Imagine for a moment that you are lucky enough to have a
father and brother who could make you President of the United
States. Do you have what it takes to lead this great nation
of ours during a crisis? Take this handy test and see.
1. During a photo-op with elementary school children,
you are informed a hijacked plane has crashed into one of
the World Trade Center Towers in New York. Do you:
- Immediately stop the photo-op, and return to Washington?
- Immediately stop the photo-op, and head for New York?
- Immediately stop the photo-op, and address the nation?
- Continue the photo-op, placidly reading to elementary
school children about a hungry goat?
2. A second hijacked plane crashes into the other tower,
and you are informed at least two more planes have been hijacked.
You are told you must address the nation. What is the best
thing to tell them?
- "I have scrambled Air Force jets to meet this threat."
- "I have called for a joint session of Congress immediately."
- "I have declared New York City a Federal Disaster Area."
- "I have checked in with the Vice President."
3. The third hijacked plane has crashed into the Pentagon
and the fourth has come down in Pennsylvania. Time to spring
into action. What is the best thing to do?
- Head to New York to provide reassurance and aid.
- Head to the Pentagon to provide reassurance and aid.
- Head to Washington to huddle with Congress.
- Head to Nebraska to hide for ten hours.
4. In the difficult period that follows, what is the most
productive use of your staffers' time?
- Keeping the Mayor of New York City and the Governor of
New York state from phoning you.
- Fabricating a story about a supposed threat to Air Force
- Complaining to a television network about a planned interview
with a former President.
- All of the above.
5. When is the best time to go to New York City yourself?
- As soon as possible.
- As soon as the Secret Service says it is safe.
- The next day
- Two days after the reporters start asking, "Why hasn't
he been there?"
6. Which of these is a productive step in the aftermath?
- Addressing the United Nations and enlisting that body's
help in the effort to round up the terrorists.
- Taking Federal action against the post-crash profiteering
that was widely reported.
- Developing job retraining programs and extended unemployment
and health benefits for the hundreds of thousands who have
lost their jobs.
- None of the above.
Well, if you didnšt answer "d" to all questions, maybe you
didn't have what it takes, i.e., family connections. But don't
feel bad. Here's a bonus question about our arch-enemy, Osama
Bin Laden. Which of these is true about this bastard?
- His brother was an investor in George W. Bush's first
- George's dad helped Osama get set up in his current trade.
- His brother died mysteriously in Texas.
- All of the above.
Once again, the answer is "d."