Monday, September 12, 2005

A heck of a resignation

With 63 percent of Americans saying the federal government's response in Hurricane Katrina's immediate aftermath was poor, it was only a matter of time before a Bush administration official was out of a job.

Today, that someone turned out to be Michael Brown, who somehow became the Federal Emergency Management Agency's director two years ago despite little prior background in emergency response and some discrepancies in his online profiles.

Brown's resignation comes about a week and a half after a truly disturbing sequence of events in which he said on Sept. 1 that the federal government didn't know about the thousands of hurricane survivors in New Orleans' convention center until three days after the city flooded. Then he claimed those survivors were receiving at least one meal a day despite on-the-ground reporting that clearly disproved that assertion. The next day, President Bush said Brown was "doing a heck of a job."

No, he wasn't. Brown's resignation is a good start, but if our nation is to be more prepared in the event of another catastrophe, the federal housecleaning in Katrina's wake can't stop there.


Blogger kissmyotts said...

The fact that Bush stood there and said "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," and Brown's memo to Chertoff mentioning that when deployed, FEMA reps will be instructed to make the agency look good, convince me that this administration absolutely does not care about what actually happens. It's only goal to appearit's doing something good.

1:23 AM  
Blogger watchman said...

I'm glad that Brown had enough sense of honor to step aside. However, I'm taken aback by your comment that due to the failures related to Katrina it was only a matter of time before a Bush Administration official was out of a job.

Bush has not been well-known for removing those officials who make mistakes or botched programs.

And even in this case, the Bush Administration is putting out the word that Bush did not ask Brown to resign.

11:10 AM  
Blogger King Cockfight said...

Oh goodie, someone to manage my family's yearly equestrian event.

In between that, maybe he can do what Sean O'Keefe did after the shuttle disaster, get a cushy job managing some university down in Louisia...



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