Friday, November 04, 2005

CNN ran an article today on how the e-mails of Michael Brown, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reflected his attitude when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

One e-mail in particular illustrates just how indecisive Brown was:

Two days after Katrina hit, Marty Bahamonde, one of the only FEMA employees in New Orleans, wrote to Brown that "the situation is past critical" and listed problems including many people near death and food and water running out at the Superdome.

Brown's entire response was: "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"

And yet another demonstrates his flippant attitude during the crisis:

On August 29, the day of the storm, Brown exchanged e-mails about his attire with Taylor, Melancon said. She told him, "You look fabulous," and Brown replied, "I got it at Nordstroms. ... Are you proud of me?"

An hour later, Brown added: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god," according to the congressman.

I really don't usually comment on politics and government, but... seriously, WTF was Bush thinking when he appointed someone whose prior experience was with the International Arabian Horses Association as the head of a disaster response unit? And my gawd, just how f***ing useless do you have to be to be worrying about your appearance in a time of crisis?

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