Thursday, September 01, 2005
What a day for the director of FEMA! First this:
"Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN.
"I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but...
He doesn't "make judgments"! Whew--that's a relief!
...you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said.
"So, we've got to figure out some way to convince people that whenever warnings go out it's for their own good," Brown said. "Now, I don't want to second guess why they did that...
Of course not!
...My job now is to get relief to them."
If that's your job, you fuck, you haven't done it. Actually his job was precisely to repeat the Bush administration's blast-faxed "question the victims" talking point, which is exactly what he and Michael Chertoff did.
And then this on CNN:
FEMA's Mike Brown: I will tell you this though, every person in that convention center, we just learned about that today. And so I had directed that we have all available resources to get to that convention center to make certain that they have the food and water, the medical care they need...
A clearly pissed Paula Zahn: Sir, you're not telling me, you're not telling me you just learned that the folks at the convention center didn't have food and water until today did you? You had no idea they were completely cut off?
FEMA's Brown: Paula, the federal government did not even know about the convention center people until today.