The next president will be

With a heading, World Bank President- runners and riders, the Guardian UK has listed a few names and comments on some contenders for the upcoming appointment (or race depending how one views it)

Ladbrokes has the following betting odds on these prospective nominees:
Ashraf Ghani (4/5 favourite at Ladbrokes)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (5/2)
Robert Zoellick (7/2)
Robert Kimmitt (5-1)
Stanley Fischer (14/1)
Senator Richard Lugar (14/1)
John Bolton (16/1)
Tony Blair (25/1)
Donald Rumsfeld (100/1)

Personal note: Would have liked to see how Jim Leach or “Hank Paulson” would fare in that list and I don’t think that Rummy, Bolton or Blair should be up there. They carry way too much political baggage.

In this post, an American name has been proposed. Knowing, from past experience, about her  “abilities” as an executive in a Telecomm company (other than where she was a CEO), I wouldn’t give her my vote of approval.

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  1. Comments from different people re-pasted here, Alex

    Ashraf Ghani would be very good. But also, how about Andrew Natsios, former Head of USAID, and someone with a track record in NGOs as well as in Government?

    Simon Maxwell ~ May 18, 2007, 04:07 PM

    So, that WSJ opinion piece ( linked in the article below is not only batshit crazy, but seems to cross the line into prosecutable slandering of Shengman Zhang, Dennis de Tray, and others. You’d think these fools at the WSJ would no better than that.

    Gary ~ May 18, 2007, 04:09 PM

    How about Patricia Dunn, former Chairman of HP, who is an expert at stopping Board Room leaks?

    nin ~ May 18, 2007, 04:10 PM

    describing that wsj muck as ‘batshit crazy’ is being far too kind.

    IFC staffer ~ May 18, 2007, 04:33 PM

    Maybe the NGO’s should think about sponsoring some debates to help Mr. Bush and the Board to draw a short list. (this is 75% a joke).

    This blog should take advantage of its reborn popularity to create its own polling. See if e-polling via bloggers works. Draw up a list and have people vote.
    So, this is my initial list:

    First tier candidates would be Fischer, Zoellick, Paulson and Kimmitt. Do not forget Jim Leach, he knows the institutions and he is a thoughtful and decent man. They are all U.S. citizens.

    The list of foreign nationals should include Kemal Dervis.

    All the other ones should be in a third tier.

    This second phase of the saga should get interesting.

    Debates ~ May 18, 2007, 04:52 PM

    Carly Fiorina? (In the link you provide). Is the point here to continue the Bank’s tradition as being a dumping ground for those who have failed elsewhere? She’s radioactive in the business world after her massive failure at HP, so it seems a bit of a stretch.

    The Bank should expect a thumb in the eye from Bush. It is his style.

    JustTheFacts ~ May 18, 2007, 05:01 PM

    Just… IT IS A JOKE.

    Warning: reading my post can cause serious injury as you roll over the floor laughing.

    Please be sure your heart is in good condition before reading.

    Nin ~ May 18, 2007, 05:04 PM

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker wrote in 2003 in the foreword of Soros’ book The Alchemy of Finance:

    “George Soros has made his mark as an enormously successful speculator, wise enough to largely withdraw when still way ahead of the game. The bulk of his enormous winnings is now devoted to encouraging transitional and emerging nations to become ‘open societies,’ open not only in the sense of freedom of commerce but – more important – tolerant of new ideas and different modes of thinking and behavior.”

    Soros writes on America’s role: “We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity. I go into some detail as to what that entails. Mankind’s power over nature has increased cumulatively while its ability to govern itself has not kept pace. There is no other country that can take the place of the United States in the foreseeable future. If the United States fails to provide the right kind of leadership our civilization may destroy itself. That is the unpleasant reality that confronts us. ”

    Soros will probably not ask for salary increases.

    Annoy the right wingers—-

    George Soros for President of the World Bank.

    Soros is the Man ~ May 18, 2007, 05:06 PM


    Yes I meant Carly. No way I would agree with her appointment. She likes too much to be in the public eyes and be shown with the crowd from Lala Land. There is a difference between sizzle and steak.
    In addition, she would demand to have a private jet at her disposal for her jet-setting whilst she works “hard” for some poor little girls who have to walk miles and miles to get a bucket of water.


    I got your joke 🙂

    The beaver ~ May 18, 2007, 05:22 PM

    Both Andrew Natsios and Peter McPherson are experienced managers, palatable to the White House, demonstrably committed to development, and interested in listening to professional staff. Both are well known at the ministerial level in board-member capitals and should pass muster on that front.

    Both may be slightly to the right of the center of gravity in the WB professional staff, but only slightly. The trick in this process is to get a candidate who:

    * will actually clear the White House & US Treasury
    * meets most of the management/values expectations of the staff, and
    * will take the job seriously

    This is not the moment when the Bank staff can expect their “dream candidate”.

    Natsios and McPherson would do a fine job in completing the current presidential term and helping to get things back on track at 1818 H Street.

    Professor John Stuart Blackton ~ May 18, 2007, 05:26 PM

    I recall one of the Washington Post columnist wrote 2 years ago: having Carly Fiorina runs the World Bank is like having a fail (American) football coach to run a soccer (European football) team.

    Carly ~ May 18, 2007, 05:49 PM

    How about that Professor Robert Wade?

    He supported PW’s continued Presidency.

    See his posting on:

    London School of Economics is where he is from.

    Donald ~ May 18, 2007, 05:51 PM

    Natsios? He believes that Africans do not understand time: “In May 2001, Natsios was sworn in as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Andrew Natsios, then director of the US Agency for International Development dismissed the idea of distributing such drugs (ARV for AIDS in Africa) telling the House International Relations Committee that Africans could not take the combination of drugs in the proper sequences because they did not have clocks or watches and lacked a proper concept of time.”


    x ~ May 18, 2007, 05:55 PM

    Robin Cleveland for President.

    If she is a presidential candidate, it will be possible for her to be throughly investigated, including her previous background at DoD and the deal she tried to cut for her brother in exchange for cutting through the problems OMB had for buying the KC-767 tankers.

    After that is throughly documented, it can be turned over to DoD and she can be cut loose for cause.

    nit ~ May 18, 2007, 08:52 PM

    Soros? I hear Lenin was up for consideration as well. Michael Moore is looking good too, I suppose.

    Not even a Democrat as President would be that insane. Start talking sense.

    DC Worker ~ May 18, 2007, 09:35 PM

    Well, someone got annoyed.
    If you are a right winger that’s OK also.

    The one who is up for consideration is Levin, not Lenin. (Lenin would not be bad, the only problem is that he was russian and died some time ago.)

    Levin is Richard Levin (Google it and then check Wikipedia)

    “Levin became an Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale in 1974 and was elevated to Associate Professor in 1979. In 1982, he was promoted to Professor of Economics and Management at the Yale School of Management. In 1992, he was appointed Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics. Before becoming president, he served as chairman of the Economics Department and dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

    On February 6, 2004, Levin was appointed to the Iraq Intelligence Commission, an independent panel convened to investigate U.S. intelligence surrounding the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. He had previously served on a government panel reviewing the U.S. Postal Service and an independent panel appointed by Major League Baseball to examine the sport’s economics. Levin is a director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, American Express, and Satmetrix.

    Although described in Who’s Who as a Democrat, Levin was one of the first guests of President George W. Bush in the White House during his first term and the president stayed at Levin’s house when he received an honorary degree from Yale in 2001.”

    Soros is the Man (!)

    Soros is the Man ~ May 19, 2007, 02:40 AM

    Soros is a nut, no way. And if you can’t draw my meaning between Lenin (as in the dead guy) and Soros, you’re totally out to sea. Gotta “Move On” from your wish. He would be a disastor.

    DC Worker ~ May 19, 2007, 08:41 AM

    Some other considerations would be Jessica Einhorn, Jeffrey Sachs, Shashi Tharoor, Marian Wright Edelman, Jan Piercy, Jendayi Frazier, Richard Haass, Carla Hills, Craig Stapleton, Bob Tuttle, or Anna Escobedo Cabral.

    On the ridiculous (but possible) side perhaps Tom Delay, Bill Frist, Richard Perle, Peter G. Peterson, Karen Hughes, Jerry Bremer, Paula J. Dobriansky, Nicholas Burns, Zalmay Khalilzad, Eli Whitney Debevois, Rockwell Schnabel or Boyd Gray.

    Remember: the Bush administration tends to do things that both make no sense, and invite bewilderment and anger. I think the best American choices would be Zoellick, Khalilzad, or Frazier. I think the best non-American choices would be Okonjo-Iweala, Tharoor, Malloch Brown, or Blair.

    I think the best choice would be Malloch Brown.

    clair ~ May 19, 2007, 07:24 PM

    It probably takes one to know one.
    Then, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t?.
    How does Lenin fit in this discussion? How does George Soros compare? Are you calling him a bolshevik? It was Lenin who said “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
    A basic bit of advice: Do not to believe all the lies they are telling you about Soros.

    American ~ May 19, 2007, 07:53 PM

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