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John McCain and President Bush on August 29, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina was tearing into New Orleans
Michael Brown's preferred form of presidential disaster response?
Current FEMA director Craig Fugate gave former Bush FEMA director Michael "Heckuva job, Brownie" Brown's criticism of President Barack Obama for acting too quickly in response to Hurricane Sandy exactly as much respect as it deserves:
"It’s better to be fast than to be late."
That really could be expanded to "it's better to be fast and competent than late and incompetent," but people will probably get the point, anyway. But Brown, who is apparently now a talk radio host, seems to be taking the view that getting his name into the news is good, even if it mostly serves to remind people of his inaction as an American city drowned. So he doubled down:
"In the context of the election, I simply said he should have waited," Brown said. "The storm was still forming, people were debating whether it was going to be as bad as expected, or not, and I noted that the president should have let the governors and mayors deal with the storm until it got closer to hitting the coastal areas along the Washington, D.C.-New York City corridor."
In the context of the election? No, see, disaster response is something you do not in the context of elections but in the context of disasters that need responding to. What Brown is trying to argue here is that Obama responded quickly because of the election, I think, but that would be an example of the soft bigotry of expecting Obama to respond to disasters at the level Brown's old boss did. As for letting the governors and the mayors deal with the storm, New Jersey governor and fierce Republican partisan Chris Christie has praised Obama's response.

Some people really have no shame.

Please sign our petition telling House Republicans to not take Hurricane Sandy relief hostage in lame duck negotiations.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM PDT.

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