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Bush's FEMA Director Criticizes Obama on Sandy response

That's right, he's criticizing the guy for "responding too quickly"...

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/security/20...s-obama-sandy/

If this belongs in the sandy thread, someone please move it there.


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Bush’s FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly
By Hayes Brown on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama’s early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration’s response to last month’s attack in Libya.

Yesterday, ahead of the storm’s pummeling of the eastern seaboard, Brown gave an interview to the local alternative paper, the Denver Westword, on how he believed the Obama administration was responding to Sandy too quickly and that Obama had spoken to the press about Sandy’s potential effect too early.

Brown turned then to a reliable right-wing attack on the President’s response to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans:
“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

Conservatives have been hitting Obama for weeks on his attendance at a fundraiser in Nevada following the assault in Benghazi, claiming at alternate times that the President either cared more about politics than lives lost or that he was trying to downplay the attack’s significance. Now the critique has mutated into a belief that Obama is currently “playing President” to score points during disaster relief in the run-up to the election, in contrast to his actions in September.

Brown is not the only one making the insinuation that Obama and his administration are responding too quickly to Sandy only for political reasons. He’s joined in his accusations by such prominent right-wing commentators as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and columnist Charles Krauthammer.

However, Brown’s comments carry a special irony due to the role he played during the Hurricane Katrina debacle in 2005. As director of FEMA during the legendarily botched response, Brown, famously dubbed “Brownie” by President Bush, was in the center of criticism from both sides of the aisle that the Bush administration was too slow to respond. An internal review by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector-General following the disaster concluded, “Much of the criticism is warranted.” Brown resigned from his position as director less than two weeks after Katrina hit.
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Re: Bush's FEMA Director Criticizes Obama on Sandy response

Surprise, the Reps critizise Obama

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Re: Bush's FEMA Director Criticizes Obama on Sandy response

WTF?

It's not a criticism of directly responding to the hurricane quickly, rather a comparison of how slow they were/are to acknowledge a complete and utter failure on all fronts pertaining to the Benghazi situation and how quick they were to this.

You know, the "bridge" between the comparison..."when in...Benghazi"...

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WTF?

It's not a criticism of directly responding to the hurricane quickly, rather a comparison of how slow they were to acknowledge a complete and utter failure on all fronts pertaining to the Benghazi situation and how quick they were to this.

You know, the "bridge" between the comparison..."when in...Benghazi"...
so then obama should have responded as slowly to the hurricane as he did in benghazi. you know, for consistency

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so then obama should have responded as slowly to the hurricane as he did in benghazi. you know, for consistency
No, you need to stop reading into my statements and presuming that you know everything. I simply said that it was a response in comparison to the Benghazi situation. Nowhere did he chide him for responding too quickly "period". I did not, nor will I, give you my personal opinion on the matter.
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Re: Bush's FEMA Director Criticizes Obama on Sandy response

come on now...comparing the response to benghazi to the response to a hurricane is a bit fucking retarded. Especially from a guy who took a week to even think about getting fema aid to the katrina victims.
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come on now...comparing the response to benghazi to the response to a hurricane is a bit fucking retarded. Especially from a guy who took a week to even think about getting fema aid to the katrina victims.
I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with you. Just stating that your title is a tad misleading. He didn't criticize anyone on the response itself.
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“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

Indirect accusation, basics 101 in every nlp course, spin-semiar or communication training eg. dirty battle rhetorics, every politician/bureaucrat who might be even close to a plugged microphone some day in his job gets these dirty little tools drilled in their head. But suuure, he is just innocently speculating...

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I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with you. Just stating that your title is a tad misleading. He didn't criticize anyone on the response itself.
your argument is one of semantics...that'll end well.
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your argument is one of semantics...that'll end well.
No, there is no argument. You're looking for something that's not there and blatantly called out someone for something that they did not do. You can't argue facts - you're wrong.

He did not criticize him for
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"responding too quickly"
as you claim in the OP. Rather, he said
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why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?”
This is a question in light of the Benhazi incident, not the hurricane. Also, the precursor to that statement
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One thing he’s gonna be asked is,
directly implies that it's a question in light of the Benghazi situation that he's going to be asked - NOT his personal opinion on the matter.

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