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Katrina FEMA Mismanager Michael 'Heckuva Job Brownie' Brown Criticizes Obama on Response to Sandy

Michael "heckuva job Brownie" Brown, George W. Bush's head of FEMA who famously mismanaged Katrina, had the balls to criticize Obama yesterday for taking action too early on Sandy:

Brown"Here's my concern," Brown says. "People in the northeast are already beginning to blow it off.... [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg has shut down the subway...[launched] evacuations.... I don't object...they should be doing all of that. But in the meantime, various news commentators...[and others] in New York are shrugging their shoulders, saying, 'What's this all about?' It's premature [when] the brunt of the storm won't happen until later this afternoon."

Brown says he understands why the president might have chosen to have a news conference earlier rather than later.

"My guess is, he wants to get ahead of it -- he doesn't want anybody to accuse him of not being on top of it or not paying attention or playing politics in the middle of it," he says. "He probably figured Sunday was a good day to do a press conference."

Obama will be visiting storm victims with New Jersey governor Chris Christie today while Romney campaigns in Florida, the AP reports:

After tamping down his partisan tone Tuesday at an Ohio event that chiefly emphasized victims' relief, Romney planned three full-blown campaign events Wednesday in Florida, the largest competitive state. Sandy largely spared Florida, so Romney calculates he can campaign there without appearing callous.

Obama's revised schedule is a political gamble, too. Rather than use the campaign's final Wednesday to woo voters in tossup states, he will go before cameras with New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie. Christie is one of Romney's most prominent supporters, and a frequent Obama critic. But Christie praised Obama's handling of superstorm Sandy, a political twist the president's visit is sure to underscore.

(h/t David Mixner)

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  1. Another jerk "anyone-but-Obama" loser.

    Way to be supportive during a time of crisis.

    Romney's way to take care of the victims is to apparently pretend like it didn't happen. Could he not have at least made an appearance in Massachusetts? I guess not...they're more likely to throw bricks at his head.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Oct 31, 2012 10:41:11 AM

  2. Shut up Brownie.

    Posted by: J. Alan | Oct 31, 2012 10:42:07 AM

  3. Why is this incompetent fool not in jail ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 31, 2012 10:47:27 AM

  4. "so Romney calculates he can campaign there without appearing callous."

    As he did in Ohio. Americablog points out that Red Cross helpers had to be diverted by Romney's ill-concieved stumping in Ohio which was billed as a relief effort--but turned out to be a campaign stump: giving people "Obama, you're fired" t-shirts and cordoning off a very small area of the event to give cans of food. This is what his "me, me, me" presidency will look like: a heightened version of Barbara Bush's "we don't want them in our backyard" meme.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Oct 31, 2012 10:52:35 AM

  5. OK. Help me out on this one and make sure I get my allegory/metaphor/whatever correct.

    But, isn't Michael "Heckuva Job Brownie" Brown criticizing President Obama and FEMA's so far excellent and competent response to the disaster of Hurricane Sandy a little bit like, uh, the pot calling the kettle black?

    Just wondering.

    Posted by: MikeInQueens | Oct 31, 2012 10:53:11 AM

  6. Please tell me why some reporter actually thought Brown was worth quoting.

    Posted by: Butch | Oct 31, 2012 10:55:37 AM

  7. Cause it's much better to be fashionably late to a storm disaster. Heckuva spin, Brownie!

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 31, 2012 10:56:53 AM

  8. wow - just wow - Brown needs to STFU

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 31, 2012 11:02:19 AM

  9. Actually Mike, I think it's like the pot calling the Silver tin. Brownies handling of Katrina has become the standard of how NOT to deal with an emergency. I can't think of anyone less qualified to be commenting on the governments response.

    Posted by: e.c. | Oct 31, 2012 11:02:37 AM

  10. They closed down the subways early so that they could move all the subway cars above ground. Had they not done so, the subway cars would have been destroyed by flooding. New York saved billions of dollars with the proactive steps they took to protect the infrastructure. Mike Brown, imbecile isn't a strong enough word.

    Posted by: KML | Oct 31, 2012 11:07:31 AM

  11. Talk about hypocrisy and tactlessness. It's practically become a rule that when some zealot tries to call someone out, they're even more guilty of the same charge.

    Who's really playing politics? Obama's still President, he's keeping on top of it because it's his job. What a concept.

    Posted by: kerwot | Oct 31, 2012 11:08:33 AM

  12. I'm pretty impressed that Brown has been able to embarrass himself without actually having an official role or any responsibility for what's going on.
    That's talent.

    Posted by: Abie | Oct 31, 2012 11:14:41 AM

  13. He didn't even criticize Obama! What a bunch of knee-jerking! Nothing he said was even remotely interpretable as critical of Obama. Andy, you were doing better with no power, son.

    Posted by: Still In the Dark? | Oct 31, 2012 11:32:02 AM

  14. @Jackfkntwist: Agreed. If there were justice, Brown would serve a long time in prison.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Oct 31, 2012 11:33:51 AM

  15. My response to "heckuva job Brownie" is LOL!

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 31, 2012 11:35:31 AM

  16. A storm like this is a gift from above for Obama. He needs the press distracted from the Benghazi fiasco.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 31, 2012 11:42:50 AM

  17. @Anon: The only people still obsessed by Benghazi, even before Sandy, were our friends at FOX news. The rest of the "press" and certainly most Americans had moved on. And FOX is still using it as a distraction from the storm, never mind that Americans are directly affected by Sandy, because FOX knows Obama's efficient response to the storm (as opposed to Mitt's goofy football analogies) goes against their election talking points.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 31, 2012 12:16:29 PM

  18. I read the Westword, love it, can't believe they actually gave voice to this guy.

    However, if you feel like I do that he's out of line here is his website contact page:


    that way you can let him know what you think about him and his statements.

    I know I will be.

    Posted by: mason | Oct 31, 2012 12:21:48 PM

  19. This gave me the best laugh I've had all morning. Thanks for posting this story.

    Posted by: Ryabn | Oct 31, 2012 12:30:31 PM

  20. Okay, we've now heard what Michael Brown has to say about the response; so, what does Honey Boo Boo say?

    Posted by: chris | Oct 31, 2012 1:00:31 PM

  21. OK, let me get this straight: Brownie, B*sh's flunky, with all the credibility and discretion of a famished flea, is jumping all over Obama for getting it right? Um, once a loser, always... right? Even Faux wouldn't touch this one, would they?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Oct 31, 2012 1:03:28 PM

  22. Shall we compare casualties Katrina vs. Sandy, Mr. Brown?

    What an idiot.

    Posted by: hugo | Oct 31, 2012 1:44:15 PM

  23. You're the last person to call anyone out on emergency response, Brownie. You're just butthurt because Obama didn't wait until several people drowned before taking action.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 31, 2012 2:09:46 PM

  24. Republicans: arrogant, evil and infuriating.

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Oct 31, 2012 2:29:18 PM

  25. Your doin a Heckuva job at uniting the Liberal base just before the election Brownie. Thanks for the awesome gift. And thanks for reminding America about the dismal failures of the Bush Admin and Republican Party. You sir have outraged most of America with your fox news filth. Now go away!

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 31, 2012 3:58:06 PM

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