March 7, 2005
Treasury Secretary John Snow on Sunday would not rule out the idea of Irish singer Bono, an activist on debt relief and AIDS, making the short list of potential candidates to lead the World Bank even though an American is expected to get the job.
Okay, this is never going to happen, but if it did, let me just say for the record that I would be so behind it. Seriously.
In reality I think the next World Bank prez is going to be Peter McPherson, former president of MSU and, before that, Bank of America honcho and chief of USAID, the foreign-aid divison of the State Department. (He’s also the one not paying attention in this picture.) Recently he served as interim finance minister for the first-wave American government in Iraq. McPherson is a super-smart administrator but frankly not a strong public presence, which I suspect is fine by the Bush administration for this role.