Condoleeza Rice gets a promotion after years of incompetence. George Tenet gets the Medal of Freedom after leaving the country vulnerable to terrorist attack, and then telling the president that the presence of WMDs in Iraq was a "slam dunk." What does it take to get George Bush to fire someone?
The question is all the more urgent after the inept performance of FEMA head Michael Brown. And as if the situation in New Orleans weren't bad enough, now Time reports that Brown's been padding his (already thin) resume.
According to Time, before joining FEMA, Brown's "only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA's website, was 'serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight.'"
Apparently he worked for the emergency services division of the Edmond, Oklahoma, city government from 1975 to 1978.
Even if this were true, it's unclear to me how working for the "emergency services division" of a city of 60-something thousand people qualifies you to run FEMA.
But it isn't true. Brown was, apparently, an intern at the agency. Explained former city manager Bill Dashner, "Mike used to handle a lot of details. Every now and again I'd ask him to write me a speech. He was very loyal. He was always on time. He always had on a suit and a starched white shirt."
He was very loyal...and we all know how the president prizes loyalty (Rice, Tenet) far more than he values competence (Paul O'Neill, Colin Powell).
The padding doesn't end there...go to the Time link to see how Brown was fired from a law firm he worked at, one of two jobs he was fired from before President Bush made him the head of the federal disaster relief agency.
In two days, we mark the fourth anniversary of 9/11. How can we possibly be having this conversation now?
Because we have a president who is not a serious man.