The Bronx Blogger

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Michael Brown Update

I highlighted Michael Brown's role in the response to Hurricane Katrina in this post: "What Role Did President Bush Play in the New Orleans Nightmare, Part II?"

Here is an update on the responsibilities that Mr. Brown will have now that he's been reassigned back to Washington, D.C.:

FEMA's Brown Promoted to 'Assistant President'

If you click on the above link, you will be able to read the following story, plus have access to a wide variety of items that you probably won't get a chance to read anywhere else, courtesy of Scott Ott of Scrappleface. Scott Ott's motto is "News Fairly Unbalanced. We Report. You Decipher."

[ Mitigating Circumstances Alert on behalf of Under Secretary Brown: Michael Brown has made some infamous comments in the past two weeks that give the impression that he may have been in over his head in supervising the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. And his agency, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), has made some widely publicized bureaucratic decisions that have the appearance of being unforgivable mistakes. Nonetheless, I personally do not believe that he has done a poor job. It is not clear to me that a career bureaucrat with more impressive credentials would have done a much better job than he did. If Michael Brown was indeed in over his head, it was because Hurricane Katrina was something that very, very few people outside of the Coast Guard, the Pentagon, and some private charities were prepared to deal with. ]

FEMA's Brown Promoted to 'Assistant President'
by Scott Ott

(2005-09-09) -- According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website, director Michael Brown is headed back to Washington D.C. where he has been offered a new position as "Assistant President of the United States for Outplacement".

The post would continue Mr. Brown's meteoric career trajectory which began when he was "assistant city manager" of Edmond, Oklahoma, overseeing all activity on a large veneer desktop, including organization of paper-fastening devices and emergency replenishment of hot caffeinated beverages.

In his new post, Mr. Brown would oversee emergency restoration of personal crediblity and rehabilitation of the resume of a former top government official.