Politicians’ Communications Re Mumbai

November 28, 2008

Politicians’ Communications Re Mumbai

Could not help but notice the reactions of leaders in my search of how countries, politicians, hotels and so forth were being impacted by the tragic events in Mumbai. I went to the web sites of US President George Bush, British Prime Minister Gordon Browne, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Zardari. Not all have dedicated sites so I would then wander over to the government sites. No doubt these leaders were extremely busy as this crisis unfolded over days. However , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (naturally), British Prime Minister Gordon Browne and President Elect Barrack Obama were the only leaders that mentioned the crisis on their respective home pages and blog (Obama has a blog). A few of the dedicated government sites mentioned the events but not many. As mentioned in a previous post, Indian Prime Minister Singh had a stirring message. I was surprised that Sarkozy did not have a dedicated site but maybe I could not find it on Google. Medevev has a dedicated area on the government site but there was no mention of the tragedy. There was nothing yesterday (27th) or today (28th) from Pakistan’s Mr. Zardari. Maybe there is some protocol that I am missing but dedicated web sites make sense in today’s unpredictable and fast-moving world.

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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