Wednesday, September 07, 2005

How long do you have?

At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had ''absolutely no credentials.''
She related that she had urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Michael Brown.
''He said 'Why would I do that?''' Pelosi said.
'''I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'''

Wow. We are either taking isolation to an extreme not seen since Bubble Boys, or outright denial not seen since "Mission Accomplished". Either way, guys, this man - this man who sees nothing that went wrong on New Orleans at all - is in charge. And will be overseeing efforts to find out what didn't go wrong.

Here's a place to start:

WASHINGTON - The three top jobs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Bush went to political cronies with no apparent experience coping with catastrophes, the Daily News has learned.


While Brown ran horse shows in his last private-sector job, FEMA's No. 2 man, deputy director and chief of staff Patrick Rhode, was an advance man for the Bush-Cheney campaign and White House. He also did short stints at the Commerce Department and Small Business Administration.


In addition, the agency's former third-ranking official, deputy chief of staff Scott Morris, was a PR expert who worked for Maverick Media, the Texas outfit that produced TV and radio spots for the Bush-Cheney campaign. In June, Morris moved to Florida to become FEMA's long-term recovery director.

All three of these unqualified, inexperienced men were appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Bush in 2002. I guess all the ambassadorships had been filled already.

Incredible. These were the BEST men, in Bush's opinion, to run FEMA.

I am speechless here.

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