Heckuva Job Brownie Criticizing Obama for Preparing Too Quickly

And this is what you call chutzpah:

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama’s early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration’s response to last month’s attack in Libya.

Yesterday, ahead of the storm’s pummeling of the eastern seaboard, Brown gave an interview to the local alternative paper, the Denver Westword, on how he believed the Obama administration was responding to Sandy too quickly and that Obama had spoken to the press about Sandy’s potential effect too early.

Brown turned then to a reliable right-wing attack on the President’s response to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans:

“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

And now’s a good time to be reminded of the dumbfuck emails this guy was sending out as Katrina drowned New Orleans:

“Can I quit now? Can I come home?” Brown wrote to Cindy Taylor, FEMA’s deputy director of public affairs, the morning of the hurricane.

A few days later, Brown wrote to an acquaintance, “I’m trapped now, please rescue me.”

“In the midst of the overwhelming damage caused by the hurricane and enormous problems faced by FEMA, Mr. Brown found time to exchange e-mails about superfluous topics,” including “problems finding a dog-sitter,” Melancon said.

Melancon said that on August 26, just days before Katrina made landfall, Brown e-mailed his press secretary, Sharon Worthy, about his attire, asking: “Tie or not for tonight? Button-down blue shirt?”

A few days later, Worthy advised Brown: “Please roll up the sleeves of your shirt, all shirts. Even the president rolled his sleeves to just below the elbow. In this [crisis] and on TV you just need to look more hard-working.”

On August 29, the day of the storm, Brown exchanged e-mails about his attire with Taylor, Melancon said. She told him, “You look fabulous,” and Brown replied, “I got it at Nordstroms. … Are you proud of me?”

An hour later, Brown added: “If you’ll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you’ll really vomit. I am a fashion god,” according to the congressman.


  1. He’s right. You really can’t get a good body count until all the bodies float to the surface. You have to let things settle a little bit.

  2. Biiiiig brass ones, Brownie! I’ll be sure to tell my family that more of us should’ve died so you could make VERY sure you were as late as inhumanly possible. And may I suggest you change your first name to….oh, anything starting with ‘D’? That way, the monograms on your Nordie’s cuffs will suit you much better.

  3. So let me get this straight, Brown is going out on a limb (and what a fragile limb for him) and comparing Benghazi, which killed four Americans (and hundreds of native citizens) to a hundred year storm headed for the most densely populated urban center in the country.

    If Obama screws up Sandy like Brown boned Katrina the death toll won’t be in the hundreds or even the thousands but it could be in the tens of thousands.

    How blind does Brown have to be to not see that the life’s blood of one of our greatest cities is something that should be protected abnd cared for?

    Oh wait, this is the guy who sat around with his hand on his dick and his thumb up his ass while New Orleans drowned.

    What a tool.

    1. Maybe I’m being a bit too harsh, after all, maybe if “Heck of a job” Brownie hadn’t screwed up so bad in Louisiana, we wouldn’t know today how badly you can fuck up during a natural disaster.

      Good job Brownie, if all those poor people in Louisiana hadn’t been killed or displaced we wouldn’t have the low water mark for natural disaster response failure.

      Congratulations for your grand achievement in failure.

  4. He wasn’t saying the response was to “too quick”, or at least that’s not what he meant. He was trying to say that the response to the Benghazi attacks was too slow by choice since the quick reaction to this crisis proves that he can react very fast when he wants to. He was clearly just trying to help the right wing media by offering another possible angle of attack on the whole bullshit Benghazi “coverup” story that they’ve been pushing for what seems like forever now.

    Please understand this is not a defense of the guy at all. I think that what he meant was nearly as reprehensible as what he actually said, especially since it was said in the furtherance of a conspiracy theory. I just don’t like seeing people attacked for things they didn’t mean.

    1. I’ll go a step further and suggest he didn’t mean anything. He’s simply saying whatever he can to drum up support for the Republican candidate for President. Either he’s being coached to utter GOP talking points, or he’s a true believer, putting politics ahead of patriotism. I question his sincerity. As you can see from his e-mails to his own staff during the Katrina aftermath, Michael Brown’s main concern is Michael Brown. Like his former employer, Mr. Brown’s lack of clarity is probably due to indifference.

  5. We need to appreciate Brown more for his standard-setting behavior. He seemed to create a floor under which no performance of public responsibility however corrupt or incompetent could slip below. He’s the benchmark the “Golden Brown” Standard of total fuckups. Patton would have slapped him into the prior century. But his example does allow us to judge the difference between Republican performance and Democratic performance and serves as a reminder to the ‘undecideds’ that Romney is Bush III.

  6. now that the phrase “heckuva job Brownie.” is synonymous with “100% FAIL” it is time to trot out his “expert” opinion. whatever this douchebag says, i say we do the diametric opposite.

  7. It takes a special kind of nitwit to screw up a mere criticism.

    Yer….yer…doin’ it extra right, Obama!

    Seriously, that’s the worst he could come up with? To say that Obama was on top of the situation early?

    And who was the brilliant mastermind who thought, Brown screwed up so badly on Katrina….hey! Let’s call him for an interview and get his expert opinion on how things should be fouled up.

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