Former FEMA director: Obama moved too quickly in Superstorm Sandy crisis

Former FEMA director Michael Brown: Stupid is as stupid does

Former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown — who lost his job for sitting on his butt in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — says President Barack Obama is acting too fast in responding to the Superstorm Sandy crisis.

Says Brown:

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? Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.

As FEMA director under former President George W. Bush, Brown sat on his hands and did not respond quickly when Katrina devastated New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast.  Bush told Brown that he was “doing a heckava job” but Brown later lost his job under intense pressure.

Brown isn’t the only way slamming Obama for a rapid response to the storm that has left at least 30 people dead and caused billions in damage.  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and failed Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich criticised the President for cancelling campaign trips.

You’ll notice he’s canceling his trips over the hurricane. He did not cancel his trips over Benghazi.

Where is this line of thinking headed?  Rod Serling said it best:

This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you’re on a through route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable…Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are only those of mind itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re entering the wondrous dimension of imagination. Next stop….The Twilight Zone.

And so it goes…

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4 Responses to "Former FEMA director: Obama moved too quickly in Superstorm Sandy crisis"

  1. Jim B.  October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Bravo, Bravo, CHB Staff!! Amazing article in more ways than one, and I loved your Serling quote (this from a Serling fan).

    When I first saw the headline to this article and began reading, I thought you might’ve stolen a piece from the Onion satirical newspaper, but it’s real.

    Quoting “Doing a heckava job” Brown grabbed my funny bone and threw it down the hall. I can’t believe Brown and Gingrich will do and say anything anything to keep the Benghazi issue alive during a time of this great natural disaster, loss of life, and property destruction. They’re pulling out all the stops.

  2. Sandy Price  October 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

    This is no time for humor.

    • Jim B.  October 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Hi Sandy!…I hope you realize the humor is, of course, directed at Brown and Gingrich and no one else. Brown is especially ridiculous here saying now what he says given his track record in the top FEMA spot during the Katrina disaster.

      Both men unfortunately are mult-flawed — they were failures in the past, and they should be the last ones to tell Obama or anyone what to do or say.

  3. sherry  November 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    You know, if I was “heckuvajobBrownie”, I would just keep my big pie hole shut!
    Thanks Doug for the good humor on such a wretched day.

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