2/26/2005

Ridge joins Board of Duct Tape and Plastic Sheeting

Former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge has joined the board of Home Depot, Inc., announced CEO Bob Nardelli (who is also a big Bush fund-raiser).
You may recall that Ridge is quite familiar with home-improvement projects. He was instrumental in a short-lived run on duct tape in early 2003, when he encouraged Americans to turn to the sticky substance and plastic sheeting as protection against terrorists using chemical and/or biological agents. The move, which drew criticism from many corners, motivated many across the country to stock up -- to the extent that some retailers reported widespread shortages.
Both Home Depot and rival Lowe's were among the big beneficiaries of the buying binge. Home Depot, in fact, went so far as to set up special Homeland Security displays nears it entrances to tout sales of duct tape, plastic sheeting, batteries and bottled water, among other safe-room supplies.

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