FEMA Chief to Be Relieved of Storm Duties
Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — and dead man walking. (Allen Fredrickson/Reuters). Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen will be taking the reins from the pathetic, lying, bogus “Brownie.”
[UPDATE: Freeper commentary below…]
And now Scottie’s “blame game” is realized by the masters in the dawghouse…I’m sure that even a partial fall on the sword will come at a price (Medal of Freedom?).
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown is being relieved of his duties in managing the Bush administration’s Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts, The Associated Press has learned.
Brown is being sent back to Washington from Baton Rouge, where he was the primary official overseeing the federal government’s response to the disaster, according to two federal officials who declined to be identified before the announcement.
Brown will be replaced by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, who was overseeing New Orleans relief and rescue efforts.
Brown has been under fire because of the administration’s slow response to the magnitude of the hurricane. On Thursday, questions were raised about whether he padded his resume to highlight his previous emergency management background.
Less than an hour before Brown’s removal came to light, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Brown had not resigned and the president had not asked for his resignation.
McClellan did not directly answer a question about whether the president had full confidence in Brown.
This NYT story makes it pretty clear that it was the light sabre of Darth Cheney that took out “Brownie.” You know the Chimp couldn’t do it.
There were recent signs that Brown’s status was about to change. When Vice President Dick Cheney received a briefing in New Orleans on Thursday on recovery efforts by FEMA and other governmental agencies, it was Allen — not Brown — who led the briefing.
And even though Brown was present at least during part of Cheney’s visit, he was not seen publicly with the vice president.
I love this quote from the freshly demoted Brown:
Asked if he was being made a scapegoat for a federal relief effort that has drawn widespread and sharp criticism, Brown told The Associated Press after a long pause: “By the press, yes. By the president, No.”
I smell a medal, payoff, or lucrative consulting gig around the corner.
“Sigh. A drop of blood in the water. The sharks are inbound en masse.”
“I will be pissed if Brown is forced to leave. The stupid LA mayor and brainless LA gov need the boot though. Brown did a great job with all the other recent disasters…he served under Allbaugh, didn’t he? Where the heck is that experience in the media reports? GWB: Keep Brown as FEMA head. Don’t allow the stupid demodimwits to deflect the blame OR rearrange your administration appointments which they keep wanting to do.”
“My opinion? Good riddance. He wasn’t qualified.”
“FEMA is a multitasking agency and there are other disasters to plan for.”
“Pray for the USCG Admiral. He will be the next target.”
“I’m thinking sacrificial lamb. I’m not totally convinced this was warranted, but it’s no surprise.”
“I think Michael Brown is an attorney. He’ll probably go back to the private sector. He’ll write a book in about three years imo. Everybody writes “their story” at some point.”
“One down. Two to go: Mike Brown, Kathleen Blanco, Ray Nagin”
“Yes, but with these ‘Rats, all it will take is one tiny thing in his past before he’s the next target. Hope he never dunked little Janie’s pigtail into the inkwell.”
“I don’t know about his staying. The discrepancies on his resume may be the kiss of death. It give the administration a pretext to get rid of him since he has become a lightining rod for what went wrong in the relief efforts.”
“Attention media lurkers…..celebrate your great victory you got your Bush Admin scalp….but did this HELP one person in Houston or MS…. or NOLA.”
“With another hurricane poised to strike the coast of FL/GA/SC, should the head of FEMA be in Washington, or mired in a swamp in Louisiana?”
“He’s being replaced by Military??? There must be more to this story”
“On the one hand this is a smart move for Bush to show he’s in a take-charge, serious mood on recovery…however in some ways this is like turning and running from an angry dog. The Left and the press are going to be all over Brown in the coming weeks to devour what’s left of him.”
“That’s a darned shame. Nothing but scapegoating.”
“Memo to Brown … don’t let the door hit you on the ….”
“He lied on his resume. We cannot discount that fact. He is a liability and must be removed. Harsh and correct.”
“Bush will give him a medal and retire him.”
“A more appropriate title might be ‘FEMA Chief Relieved to Unload his Hurricane Duties’. A huge job few would want. Bush looking to put the best person in place to lead the efforts going foward.”
“Thanks! I thought maybe I’d heard the Fox report wrong! This guy will be good, but that won’t stop Bush-haters from going after his career, too–whatever it takes to make the President look bad, y’know. He’ll need our prayers.”
“Brown was fine during Florida’s 4 hurricanes because Jeb bush had evacuation 3 days before hand, was visable everywhere, asked for outside guard help, didn’t block red cross and fema supplies like Blanco. The responsibility lies with the governor with state rights. Why is no one talking about the ruthless efficiency of Jeb Bush vs Blanco’s incompetence. Fema is not a first responder. Blanco blocked firefighters from DHS. The governor in the U.S has veto power in her state. The state rat machine in Baton Rouge is incompetent. You could have George Washington as head of Fema with Blanco and Nagin and no difference would be made.”
“I click several local and cable news and each looked gleeful as they began the announcement and then their faces changed as they read on and realized he hadn’t been fired at all.”
“Well, GWB has closed rank before with the attempts made to can Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rove, etc., and I hope he will do it again now. Close rank, Mr. President. You can still deal with Brown but on your OWN terms and not those of the rabid demodimwits and their puppet media players.”
“The President has cast off his “dead wood” as his symbolic sacrifice of good faith to act in a non-partison fashion. I would hope that the President will now expect the same from the Democrats. Maybe this is the “shot across the bow”.”
“He had to go. He was an embarrassment on camera and generally out of his depth.”
“He lied about being on a board of directors that never existed. He lied about being an assistant manager. He lied about being fired from his horse show duties. Plus other problems. Look I realize that MSM and lefties have overly focussed on FEMA, but in the lone case of this individual, he really is a bum steer. Get rid of him. Then on to Nagin and Blank-o.”
“I say replace him w/ Colon (sic) Powell.”