Getting Out of Grover's Tub

Chapter 12: Functional Equivalent of FEMA

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush toured New Orleans by air and then met with his Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief, Michael Brown. Brown was fairly new not only to FEMA, but to crisis management in general. In 2001—after ten years as the stewards and judges commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association—"Brown joined FEMA": as legal counsel to then-FEMA Chief Joe Allbaugh. When Allbaugh left in 2003, Brown took over the agency responsible for the nation’s front line response in emergency disasters. After his meeting with Brown on September 2, 2005, President Bush declared, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” . . .

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