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Bush FEMA director -- remember Brownie? -- charges Obama ignored gulf oil spill for political motive

FEMA Director Michael Brown explains Katrina situation to President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff by Getty Images


Michael Brown is the FEMA director who botched the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On reaching New Orleans, George W. Bush famously said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," thus institutionalizing incompetence. (Later, Bush compounded the error by awarding Brown the presidential Medal of Freedom).

Brownie's newest outrage? He told Fox News that President Obama deliberately waited nine days for the oil spill to worsen so he could pull the plug on the oil drilling he had just approved.

"This president has never supported big oil, he's never supported offshore drilling, and now he has an excuse to shut it back down," said Brown. "It's pure politics."

As White House press secretary Robert Gibbs pointed out Tuesday, there was no push back from Fox anchor Neil Cavuto, an editorial statement in itself. But how was Cavuto to know? After all, this is the conspiratorial line being offered daily by such conservative icons as Rush Limbaugh.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews used a far more skeptical tone, calling Brown "insane."

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As for Brownie, he now works as a "disaster recovery" strategy expert for a firm in Colorado. Apparently he's still blaming everyone but himself for the disaster within a disaster that he created by not getting food, water and shelter to the people of New Orleans, who were forced to cling to rooftops and abandon their pets and dodge looters to get food.

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: FEMA Director Michael Brown explains the Katrina situation to President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Credit: Getty Images

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Actually, Gibbs asserted that Brown was pushing the idea that the leak was planned by the Obama administration, a claim Brown did not make.

He will pay dearly if he ( Obama ) really did ignore warning signs for political gains.

It occurs to me how much Rush Limbaugh is like an oil spill. His toxic unrefined crap oozes out of control and poisons rational or even civil discussion. In this case, Brownie finds bankable publicity (and ridicule) for simply repeating Limbaugh's bubbling crude. Brownie will now earn thousands of dollars for repeat tv appearances and have multiple oppotunities to say even stupider things that will make him even more money. Brownie is a paper bag full of dog crap waiting on the front porch and Limbaugh is the torch man. Heck of a job, Brownie

Such poor reporting (and biased) requires redress. I am not defending Brown here.

First of all, WH press sec. Robert Gibbs came right out and lied. He claimed that Brown stated.."that this spill was leaked on purpose in order.."

Not what Brown said.

Last night Anderson Cooper does the same thing and has on presidential historian, Douglas Brinkley, and they promot the same lie.

Now - just the same - the suggestion Brown made, is no my style. In other words I despise these conspiritorial sort of politics. But wait - is that not what Gibbs is doing.. A Cooper? Now it's all over the place.

The truth is, this is what this White House, this Democratic party and our national news do day in and day out, with just about any issue in politics with which they can use it to discredit the other side, or to promote anger, hatred and division.

And by and large, the LA Times, as well as most of the national media simply wants it this way.

Recent other conspiracies (which are completely false):
Doctors do amuptations, instead of treating diabetes, and do tonsilectomies instead of Rx, to make more money. Bush and McCain wanted to take SS away from seniors. Bush lied about WMD's - well then so was Bill Clinton as late as 2003, as he was still defending Bush (the media did not report that). That the top 1% of income earners made their massive income leap under Bush - no, it was under Clinton; same for CEO pay vs worker pay. Thanks to Obama and Biden for those lies. They are very powerful. Where was Ms. Neuman and team then?

Where was Newman when CA Assembly Speader Karen Bass was quoted in the LA Times calling Repbulican's terrorists?

.. when CA Rep Pete Stark stood on the floor of the House in Washington and ranted that President Bush was sending our kids to Iraq to get their heads blown off for his amusement?

..When Keith Olbermann called Bush a Fascist? .. and assorted other names - over and over again?

Look at the news this week. Look at the vile, devisive and inaccurate comments being made by dozens of journalists and their guests - all on the left side of the isle.

..that the deputy sheriff in AZ shot twice in a blaze of AK 47 fire, was faking it?

... that he AZ bill demands that any brown skinned person must have their papers checked?

.. Bill Maher on the Sunday morning talk show, This Week, ..that Brazil got of oil in the 70's? What a joke - Obama just granted them $2 billion to help them drill more. They are the no. 8 consumer of oil in the world. They're almost completely dependent on oil and coal. But having the lie out there creates anger and hate here, against our industry. It is destructive.

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