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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Oh Brownie, you fashion god you...

So now we know what Michael Brown, the erstwhile FEMA director, was doing on August 29, the day Katrina hit the shores. In the wake of the devastation and rising floods, when people were scrambling to get out of town, or if without transportation, to find refuge, Bush's favorite Brownie found time to joke around in emails.

On the morning of the storm, here's what he wrote to Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs: "Can I quit now? Can I come home?" Then to another acquaintance: "I'm trapped now, please rescue me." (Oh funny, Brownie, abso-fucking-lutely funny!).

He also found time to exchange emails about his attire with Taylor: She told him, "You look fabulous," and Brown replied, "I got it at Nordstroms. ... Are you proud of me?"

Then an hour later: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

Well, it's heartening to know that Brownie had his priorities in order. What are human lives compared to a new suit from Nordstroms?

Brownie also showed how cool he can be in an emergency. Case in point, when Marty Bahamonde, a FEMA employee in New Orleans, wrote:

"The situation is past critical" then followed up with examples -

"Here are some things you might not know. Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water. Hundreds still being rescued from homes."

"The dying patients at the DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) tent being medivac. Estimates are many will die within hours. Evacuation in process. Plans developing for [Superdome] evacuation but hotel situation adding to problem. We are out of food and running out of water at the dome, plans in works to address the critical need.

"FEMA staff is OK and holding own. DMAT staff working in deplorable conditions. The sooner we can get the medical patients out, the sooner we can get them out. Phone connectivity impossible."

How did our cool-headed FEMA director respond: "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"

Anything to tweak, Brownie? Yeah, your shoes are totally clashing with your outfit. Other than that, everything is kopacetic.


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