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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. 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.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Oct 31, 2012 4:56:18 PM

  2. these 'people' (if they can be called that) have absolutely, positively NO SHAME - period

    Posted by: ACe | Oct 31, 2012 7:22:46 PM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 31, 2012 8:18:14 PM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 31, 2012 10:58:25 PM

  5. The difference between Bush's director of Fema and Obama's could be summed up with slogans...
    Bush's would be... Better late then never, and Obama's would be... Better safe then sorry!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Nov 1, 2012 7:38:51 AM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: ThomT | Nov 1, 2012 9:49:43 AM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: Abraham Yeshuratnam | Nov 2, 2012 3:10:20 AM

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