Three days after tying up at Manhattan’s Pier 90 with1000 beds and 1200 medical personnel USNS Comfort had received 20 patients. On learning this, an FDR or Harry Truman would dial up the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of the Navy, and Governor Cuomo, “Gentlemen, in twenty-four hours I expect to see a column of ambulances delivering patients to that ship. When I visit in seventy-two hours, I expect to see every bed occupied. If anyone frustrates you in this effort send them to me. The buck stops here!

Impossible? Hell no! Damn the red tape and regulations! In times of crisis Presidents make things happen! It’s what they do.