With Qualifications Like These, No Wonder New Orleans Is A Disaster

CNN's Soledad O'Brien asked FEMA chief Mike Brown about his agency's response to the catastrophe in New Orleans and was astonished to learn that FEMA found out that the Superdome was being used as a shelter from watching the news, and that wasn't until last Thursday. So what exactly did Mike Brown do before joining the Bush Administration to justify his appointment?
The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows.

And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position.

The Oklahoman got the job through an old college friend who at the time was heading up FEMA.

The agency, run by Brown since 2003, is now at the center of a growing fury over the handling of the New Orleans disaster.

"I look at FEMA and I shake my head,'' said a furious Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday, calling the response "an embarrassment.''

President Bush, after touring the Big Easy, said he was "not satisfied" with the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation.