Brownie gone

FEMA Chief Michael Brown resigned today, saying

“It has been the best job in the world to help Americans in their darkest hours.”

The anger that wells up in my throat when I read those words is choking me — I thought my rage over the government’s handling of New Orleans had passed, but it has not. FEMA responded to many emergencies during Brown’s tenure, but when it really, really counted — FEMA didn’t step up. I won’t go so far as to say FEMA failed, because they have done something. But the response was too slow, too little, and too uncoordinated.

Bush (who is in the Gulf states again*) said he hadn’t spoken to Brown today, but that he’d talk to Chertoff tonight from Airforce One.
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*Dude, this is called “too little, too late.” No matter how many times you tour the areas affected by Katrina now, we are not going to forget that you and your administration badly fumbled this play.

Posted on September 12th, 2005 by Katxena