The magazine scored the coup when its editor, Jon Meacham, contacted Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod to see if the president was interested in weighing in on the Haitian situation, according to published reports.
No doubt the president will get his share of critics for writing the piece. They will say that with the ongoing health care debate, lagging economy and looming battles over immigration reform, the president has better things to do with his time than write an essay for Newsweek.
For my money, however, writing the piece is the right call. The disjointed, disorganized rescue effort in the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Katrina teaches us that a strong guiding voice at the early stages of a disaster is needed to help galvanize public and private help efforts.
I, for one, look forward to reading what President Obama has to say.