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Bush’s FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly

2:19 pm - 10/30/2012

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama’s early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration’s response to last month’s attack in Libya.

Yesterday, ahead of the storm’s pummeling of the eastern seaboard, Brown gave an interview to the local alternative paper, the Denver Westword, on how he believed the Obama administration was responding to Sandy too quickly and that Obama had spoken to the press about Sandy’s potential effect too early.

Brown turned then to a reliable right-wing attack on the President’s response to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans:

One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

Conservatives have been hitting Obama for weeks on his attendance at a fundraiser in Nevada following the assault in Benghazi, claiming at alternate times that the President either cared more about politics than lives lost or that he was trying to downplay the attack’s significance. Now the critique has mutated into a belief that Obama is currently “playing President” to score points during disaster relief in the run-up to the election, in contrast to his actions in September.

Brown is not the only one making the insinuation that Obama and his administration are responding too quickly to Sandy only for political reasons. He’s joined in his accusations by such prominent right-wing commentators as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and columnist Charles Krauthammer.

However, Brown’s comments carry a special irony due to the role he played during the Hurricane Katrina debacle in 2005. As director of FEMA during the legendarily botched response, Brown, famously dubbed “Brownie” by President Bush, was in the center of criticism from both sides of the aisle that the Bush administration was too slow to respond. An internal review by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector-General following the disaster concluded, “Much of the criticism is warranted.” Brown resigned from his position as director less than two weeks after Katrina hit.


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ms_mmelissa 30th-Oct-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)

shortsweetcynic 30th-Oct-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
sio 30th-Oct-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
what a dumbass.
sihaya09 30th-Oct-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
intrikate88 30th-Oct-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)

Had to seriously check this wasn't the Onion. Because. Seriously.
rkt 7th-Nov-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
bushy_brow 30th-Oct-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Maybe add the "excuze me wtf r u doin" tag? 'Cause ... yeah, WTF r u doin', Brownie?
shortsweetcynic 30th-Oct-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Now the critique has mutated into a belief that Obama is currently “playing President” to score points during disaster relief in the run-up to the election, in contrast to his actions in September.

this is so goddamn rude i cannot even. I CANNOT.
masakochan 30th-Oct-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
a belief that Obama is currently “playing President”

These utter disrespectful fuckwads. HE IS THE PRESIDENT. GET THE FUCK OVER IT.

Obama really is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't. If he waited any longer- Conservatives would be blasting him for responding to slowly.

Edited to add: Sorry, this was meant to be a response on the main thread. ^^;;

Edited at 2012-10-30 06:51 pm (UTC)
kitanabychoice 30th-Oct-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
carmy_w 30th-Oct-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)

What, was the President supposed to go jetting off to a war zone outside the US when the Benghazi attack happened?

Likewise, was he supposed to sit on his hands like you and Bush did when Katrina happened and NO nearly got wiped off the map? Was he supposed to learn from your stellar example??

mollywobbles867 30th-Oct-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
People died because of you, you piece of shit. DIAF. You should be in jail.

moonshaz 30th-Oct-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
lamardeuse 30th-Oct-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Why the fuck this guy thinks he has a right to offer an opinion on responses to disasters is beyond me. He should be the last person to open his goddamn mouth.
roseofjuly 30th-Oct-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
THIS! Thousands of people died on your watch, so fuck you, Michael Brown. That's enough.
executivehpfan 30th-Oct-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
...He isn't allowed to say shit.

darlahood 30th-Oct-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
42months 30th-Oct-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Is this guy kidding? Doesn't he realize he is quite possibly the least qualified person in the world to comment about disaster response, specifically responding TOO QUICKLY to disasters? .... I can't even wrap my head around the stupidity/arrogance here
aviv_b 30th-Oct-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
You are responsible for the pathetic response to Katrina that resulted in the death of hundreds of people and you criticize the President's handling of Sandy. I guess since most of the dead were minorities and/or poor people, they don't count. Add this to the count of 'fuck you Brown' responses.
bestdaywelived 30th-Oct-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Well, many people died because of you, so .... it's not like you are the one to talk, shitface.
ecrivais 30th-Oct-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
WHAT>!?!?!??!?! How is Benghazi even remotely comparable to a fucking hurricane ripping through almost the entire upper east coast--an area that does not (normally) have hurricanes????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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