09-05-2005, 01:01 PM #1
The guy Bush appointed to head FEMA is officially an idiot . . .
Looks like the guy Bush picked to run FEMA couldn't even run a horse show . . . lousy administrator, out of touch with reality -- like Bush himself . . .
I saw on TV last night that Canadian relief workers were in New Orleans before any FEMA people got there. And that FEMA people turned away a truckload of bottled water that WalMart sent for the thirsty people in the Superdome.
Brown pushed from last job
Horse group: FEMA chief had to be `asked to resign'
By Brett Arends
Saturday, September 3, 2005 - Updated: 02:01 PM EST
The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows.
And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position.
The Oklahoman got the job through an old college friend who at the time was heading up FEMA.
The agency, run by Brown since 2003, is now at the center of a growing fury over the handling of the New Orleans disaster.
``I look at FEMA and I shake my head,'' said a furious Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday, calling the response ``an embarrassment.''
President Bush, after touring the Big Easy, said he was ``not satisfied'' with the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation.
And U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch predicted there would be hearings on Capitol Hill over the mishandled operation.
Brown - formerly an estates and family lawyer - this week has has made several shocking public admissions, including interviews where he suggested FEMA was unaware of the misery and desperation of refugees stranded at the New Orleans convention center.
Before joining the Bush administration in 2001, Brown spent 11 years as the commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association, a breeders' and horse-show organization based in Colorado.
``We do disciplinary actions, certification of (show trial) judges. We hold classes to train people to become judges and stewards. And we keep records,'' explained a spokeswoman for the IAHA commissioner's office. ``This was his full-time job . . . for 11 years,'' she added.
Brown was forced out of the position after a spate of lawsuits over alleged supervision failures.
``He was asked to resign,'' Bill Pennington, president of the IAHA at the time, confirmed last night.
Soon after, Brown was invited to join the administration by his old Oklahoma college roommate Joseph Allbaugh, the previous head of FEMA until he quit in 2003 to work for the president's re-election campaign.
The White House last night defended Brown's appointment. A spokesman noted Brown served as FEMA deputy director and general counsel before taking the top job, and that he has now overseen the response to ``more than 164 declared disasters and emergencies,'' including last year's record-setting hurricane season.
09-05-2005, 02:17 PM #2
People are trying to find a scapegoat, and it seems like the FEMA leader is the scapegoat. But the fact is no one knew what to do. The governor of the State the Mayor of the city, the President of the US, and the military personel. No one really knew what to do.
Its quiet normal, because of the "fog of war situation". But people need someone to blame so they blame him.
Its not an easy task to organize a relief effort as massive as this, with dozens of levels of bureaucracy.
09-05-2005, 10:07 PM #3
Well, whoever is responsible for having a non-functioning bureaucracy is to blame.
The guy running FEMA got run out of one organization for incompetance, whoever interviewed him for his job should have checked him out and discovered this. Instead, he got the job because he had a pal in the Bush administration who got him hired. Consequently, an incompetant administrator took over FEMA, the organization was not prepared, did not know even know what was common knowledge to news media, the recovery efforts suffered, and people in New Orleans died.
Ok, so efforts right now have got to focus on fixing the problems. But afterwards, the government bunglers have got to be rooted out and replaced, and better ways to hire qualified administrators have got to be implemented.
09-06-2005, 12:32 AM #4
[QUOTE=CAUSASIAN]People are trying to find a scapegoat, and it seems like the FEMA leader is the scapegoat. But the fact is no one knew what to do. The governor of the State the Mayor of the city, the President of the US, and the military personel. No one really knew what to do.
This is possibly the worst response to a thread that I have ever seen. Dude -ITS HIS FUKN JOB TO KNOW WHAT TO DO.
And its not like it was really significant>> people only DIED because of his incompetence.
No one knew what to do is not an acceptable answer.
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