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)


  1. Sean in Dallas says

    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.

  2. woodroad34 says

    “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.

  3. MikeInQueens says

    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.

  4. e.c. says

    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.

  5. KML says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. Abie says

    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.

  8. Still In the Dark? says

    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.

  9. anon says

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

  10. says

    @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.

  11. mason says

    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.

  12. chris says

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

  13. Onnyjay says

    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?

  14. says

    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.

  15. Matt says

    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!

  16. Redebbm says

    Guys like Brown and the Republicans are angry because The President showing the country and reminding us that government works when you actually put effort into it and put the right individuals in charge. Brown & Bush represented how government fails because they hate government and want to make it look bad. To bring him out and attach any credibility to him is just a terrible way to cover this. Also really anons and others? Libya? Are you still beating that dead horse? I know FOX is all over the faux controversy, but outside the bubble there is no scandal.

  17. Icebloo says

    I agree with one of the posts above. This idiot should be in jail. His incompetence cost LIVES. There needs to be justice for those people who died.

  18. Diogenes Arktos says

    Libya is a non-issue outside of the Faux News realm. Yes, McCain compared Libya to Watergate – which just shows how much he remembers what Watergate really was about. Yes, Brown mentioned Libya in the article, including the Las Vegas line. Outside of the Faux News realm, however, it has been well established that POTUS really had a press confrerence 9/12 where he mentioned terrorist acts. Further evidence has detailed just how royally the Faux News reconstruction of the events is false.

  19. ThomT says

    Brown was an incompetent loser during Katrina and he’s still an incompetent loser. One would think that with of the ridicule and negative press Michael Brown received he would be happy to simply slink away into oblivion. Instead he has decided to put himself back out there and subject himself to further humiliation. There is absolutely no such thing as acting too soon when a disaster is imminent but then again it is quite obvious from past actions (or lack of actions) Mr. Brown wouldn’t know anything about being prepared.

    And, by the way, Romney’s Kettering Ohio food drive was nothing more than a photo-op (I know I live there). His team went to the local Wal-Mart and spent almost $5K in order to give the appearance of collecting much more than they actually did and the entire thing lasted just about an hour.

  20. Abraham Yeshuratnam says

    Begging beggars of India
    Bloomberg is an opportunist and he changes according to weather. Will Bloomberg’s endorsement remove steep recession, massive unemployment, $16 trillion national debt and shame in the murder of American ambassador? Obama was deriving sadistic pleasure by visiting Sandy victims – sadism to gain votes at the sufferings of the victims. Obama is not in pain; but the pain of the victims is used as a sadist to gain political mileage. Naked sadism of Obama! In India beggars kidnap beautiful children, amputate their legs or hands and even pull out their eyes and these handicapped and maimed children are kept with them in public places and are shown as their children to get money for them. In the same manner Obama has used Sandy victims to get votes for him.