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Naturally, everyone and their brother is covering the FEMA thing right now so I'll throw my two cents in. Bush's choice was a political one and you get what you pay for. Here's the story off the AP Feed:
Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government's response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience as acting director.
Some of Brown's critics agreed with his decision, saying it would put the focus on efforts to manage the aftermath of the disaster, including helping the thousands of people left homeless.
Bush named R. David Paulison to replace Brown.
The president was told of Brown's resignation earlier Monday and spoke to Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff, who was Brown's boss, from Air Force One in the afternoon as he flew back to Washington from an overnight visit to the region.
Proof positive the administration knows this operation was screwed up from the word go. Many of the right wing nut jobs have blamed the governor and the mayor but in a situation like this, responsibility comes from the top down. One of the only "common men" ever to serve in the White House defined the job in one sentence and nothing more relevant was ever said before or after: "The buck stops here!" Harry Truman new what it took to be in charge and he made excruciatingly hard decisions that history still debates the morality of. It's ashame George Bush can't find it within himself and his administration to do the same.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:55 PM
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