E-mails show Brown detached from crisis
By FRANK DAVIES
WASHINGTON - Even as subordinates warned him that the flooding of New Orleans was a matter of life or death, Michael Brown, the now-dismissed head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, remained strangely detached from the crisis, e-mails made public Wednesday show.
He mused about his future, joked about a new shirt and wondered how he looked on TV.
Brown's response to a very informative email from Marty Bahamonde, FEMA regional director, to him, describing the situation in New Orleans on Aug. 31:
"Thanks for update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"Yeah, he definitely had to declare that the state of Louisiana was dysfunctional 'cause the problem couldn't possibly be with his own inadequacy! Is it inadequate to place the importance of appearance above performing the job one's being paid to do? Yeah, Louisiana is dysfuctional!
Thanks to Charles "Charlie" Melancon, D-Napoleonville, for the released e-mails this past Wednesday. Perhaps Charlie can do something to get Brown off the payroll of Homeland Security now.