Sam Levin of Denver Westword caught up with Michael Brown, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who’s now a local radio host in Colorado.
In what must go down as the first page in the annals of chutzpah, Brown, who faced a great deal of backlash for the Bush administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is already critical of President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy.
Holding a press conference at FEMA yesterday might have been a bit premature, given that the most serious impacts of the storm are not expected until later today, he feels.
“Here’s my concern,” Brown says. “People in the northeast are already beginning to blow it off…. [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg has shut down the subway…[launched] evacuations…. I don’t object…they should be doing all of that. But in the meantime, various news commentators…[and others] in New York are shrugging their shoulders, saying, ‘What’s this all about?’ It’s premature [when] the brunt of the storm won’t happen until later this afternoon.”
More from Levin here.