Shaking my head at the sheer idiocy of this man’s statements.
Michael Brown, the former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief under President George W. Bush — best known for his pivotal role in the bungled federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — said Monday night that President Barack Obama’s disaster response effort has been so quick, it might just raise questions.
Brown, who Bush famously called “Brownie” and said he was “doing a heckofajob” while thousands struggled to survive for days in the flooded streets of New Orleans, is today no longer in government. He instead spends his day opinion-making on an AM news radio station in Colorado, where he’s been obsessing about the attack on America’s embassy in Libya for the last several weeks.
Speaking to Denver alt. weekly Westworld for an interview published Monday night, Brown criticized New York officials for what he called a “premature” decision to shut down the public transportation infrastructure. “I don’t object…they should be doing all of that,” he reportedly said. “But in the meantime, various news commentators…[and others] in New York are shrugging their shoulders, saying, ‘What’s this all about?’ It’s premature [when] the brunt of the storm won’t happen until later this afternoon.”
Brown added that he felt Obama’s press conference on Sunday, just one day before Hurricane Sandy barreled into the eastern seaboard, was politically driven. “My guess is, he wants to get ahead of it — he doesn’t want anybody to accuse him of not being on top of it or not paying attention or playing politics in the middle of it. He probably figured Sunday was a good day to do a press conference.”
For the disgraced former FEMA director, that’s the rub: “[Obama] probably could’ve had a little more impact doing it today,” Brown said, failing to note that Obama did hold yet another press conference on Monday.
“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” he asked, trying to equate an isolated terrorist attack with the largest storm to every hit the U.S. mainland. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.
- Bush’s disgraced FEMA director stunned at Sandy response: ‘Why was this so quick?’ (rawstory.com)
- Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown: Obama Reacted to Hurricane Sandy Too Quickly (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Bush’s FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy ‘Too Quickly’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Katrina FEMA Director Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly (thinkprogress.org)
- Bush’s FEMA Director, Michael Brown, Criticizes Obama for Responding to Sandy Too Quickly (alternet.org)
- Storm Victims, Obama’s Leadership in FEMA’s Fugate Hands – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)