Ex–FEMA Director Criticized Obama for La. Flood Response
A former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency criticized President Barack Obama for his lame response to the recent floods in Louisiana.
The Hill reports:
Michael Brown, who was tasked with the federal response to the 2005 hurricane, said that Obama didn’t need to immediately go visit the Baton Rouge area but that he should have acknowledged that there was flooding during his two-week vacation.
“It doesn’t mean jump on Air Force One and go to every disaster,” Brown told Fox Business Network, according to ABC News. “It means that you need to speak to the American people. … You sometimes need to get off the golf course when bad things are happening so you don’t have the two [TV] windows of somebody golfing while people are being rescued from rooftops.”
Brown was infamously praised by President George W. Bush for “doing a heck of a job” during the problematic Katrina response.
After receiving heavy scrutiny for not visiting the flood sites, Obama scheduled a visit to Baton Rouge for Tuesday. At least 13 people have died from the flooding, and last week the White House said about 40,000 homes were damaged and more than 70,000 registered for FEMA assistance.
Over the weekend, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) offered some praise for Trump’s visit to the state “because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here.”
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