Quoth Michael Brown in front of a Congressional panel today:
I’ve overseen over 150 presidentially declared disasters. I know what I’m doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it.
Okay, let’s review, Brownie. You were hired because you knew somebody. You fudged your background, and you got fired from your last job, which was running a horse-show club, because of incompetence. And now you’re the first high-ranking official to be fired from the Bush administration. This is the administration that doesn’t fire anybody. They didn’t fire the people who got the Iraq WMD story wrong. They didn’t fire the guy who said Iraq would be a “cakewalk.” They didn’t fire the guy who said that tax cuts would increase the surplus. To be fair, they did force out the guy who said there were no WMD’s, the general who said we’ll need a lot more troops to win decisively in Iraq, and the Treasury secretary who said that tax cuts would explode the deficit.
But that’s okay…look at the bright side, Brownie: you’re still getting paid, you’ll probably get a medal, and hey, you might even get your own version of The Apprentice where five people from around the country try to figure out how to help a community struck by a natural disaster without taking on any responsibility for their own actions. And this time you’re the one who gets to say “You’re fired!”