Wow. If you haven’t read this article from CNN on the emails of former FEMA Chief Michael Brown written during Hurricane Katrina, you should.
The article quotes the e-mails, but download the pdf which contains several of the e-mails mentioned. Trust me, it’s a great read.
My favorite is this one, which is not from Michael Brown, but written to him from FEMA Press Secretary, Sharon Worthy:
Note that she doesn’t tell him he needs to work harder, just that he should look like he’s working hard.
The thing that strikes me while reading these e-mails isn’t how incompetent Michael Brown was at his job, because clearly he was, that’s besides the point. What strikes me is how unaware he was of his responsibilities as the Chief of FEMA.
Which is fine, I actually identify with the guy. He’s a lazy coward. So am I. The major difference between people like him and me, is that I ADMIT IT.
It seems ludicrous to me that someone in a position of power would appoint someone like me to a job like the head of FEMA… But I guess it happens… Only I’d turn it down.
I don’t mind having responsibility, and I always get my work done (even if it’s at the eleventh hour) but being the lazy coward that I am, I would never accept a job where people could DIE if I didn’t do my job.
What kind of lazy coward takes on a job like that?!
Right… He’s not just a lazy coward, he’s an IDIOT.
Do you think this guy sleeps peacefully at night, or do you think he’ll have to be put on suicide watch?
I’m guessing he sleeps just fine.