I ain't going down alone
Read the shirt, Brownie, read the
Ex-FEMA Leader Faults Response by White House
By ERIC LIPTON
Published: February 11, 2006
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 — Michael D. Brown, the former federal emergency management chief who became a ridiculed symbol of the Bush administration's flawed response to Hurricane Katrina, returned in anger to Capitol Hill on Friday and lashed back at his former superiors.
Mr. Brown said that he told a senior White House official early on of the New Orleans flooding, and that the administration was too focused on terrorism to respond properly to natural disasters.
Testifying before a Senate committee, Mr. Brown said he notified a senior White House official — who he said was probably Joe Hagin, the deputy White House chief of staff, but might have been Andrew H. Card Jr., the chief of staff — on the day the hurricane hit to report that it had turned into his "worst nightmare" and that New Orleans was flooding.
It was the first public identification of any White House official who was said to have directly received reports of extensive flooding on Monday, Aug. 29, the day Hurricane Katrina hit.
In the aftermath of the storm, administration officials said they were caught by surprise when they were told of the levee breach on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Mr. Hagin was the senior staff member with President Bush on the day the hurricane hit, when Mr. Bush was traveling in California.
Let me be brief here: why did this happen?
Because Bush's staff is frightened to give him bad news, even if the situation is critical. This also slows down the response.
Bush is the least flexible and responsive president in modern times.
Despite Brownie's flaws, of which there were many, the WH refused to react,even in the face of a crisis.
posted by Steve @ 1:43:00 AM