President Bush's approval ratings have skyrocketed since last Tuesday's terrorist attacks. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is receiving almost universal praise for his leadership in the wake of the disaster. Even one of his biggest critics, former Mayor Ed Koch, says, ""some flawed people, in extraordinary times, lose their defects."
Historian David Halberstam says don't judge President Bush yet: Presidents have always had to learn on the job.
Mara Liasson, NPR's National Political Correspondent
David Halberstam, historian and author of "The Best and the Brightest"
Ronald Heifetz, Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University
This program aired on September 20, 2001. The audio for this program is not available.