‘Brownie’ says Obama not doing a heck of a job with Louisiana flooding
Takes one to know one, since Brown himself came under fire as head of FEMA for his lack of action after Hurricane Katrina, despite President George W Bush famously saying he was doing "a heck of a job."
Speaking on Fox News twice in the past week, Brown called out the president for not canceling his vacation to deal with the problem.
“He could have gone to Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans and made a statement there,” Brown told Fox News’ "Special Report" on Friday. “Or, at the very least, what he should have done in my opinion, is he should have walked off the golf course, gone to some office somewhere on Martha’s Vineyard and talked to the people of Louisiana and assure them that he was sending (FEMA head) Craig Fugate (and) Secretary Johnson."
Michael "Heck of Job" Brown is criticising Obama's response to Louisiana flooding. Words now fail me. https://t.co/l1DQE5X8dy— Aidan O'Brien (@8den) August 23, 2016
Speaking to Fox News Business on Monday, Brown added the issue was the “optics.”
“It doesn’t mean jump on Air Force One and go to every disaster. It means that you need to speak to the American people,” he noted. “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.”
Fox News reminded their audience that Obama blasted FEMA for their lack of action following Hurricane Katrina when he was running for president in 2008, as well as targeting then-President George W Bush for not doing enough, describing him as “a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground.”
Obama will visit Louisiana on Tuesday and has declared a state of emergency. Obama has dispatched his FEMA administrator and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to the White House.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged the president and political figures to stay away until the emergency dies down, according to Atlanta Blackstar.
An Edwards spokesperson criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for visiting for a photoshoot.
“Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” said the spokesperson. “We welcome him to Louisiana, but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.”
Louisiana’s flooding has seen 13 deaths, 20,000 rescues and and at least 60,000 homes damaged.