This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast and left hundreds of dead bodies floating in the wrecked streets of New Orleans. To celebrate, Katrina hero Michael Brown is "speaking out."
Brown, the former FEMA head who can fairly be called a disaster specialist, has already walked the skin-flaying gauntlet of public disgust at his performance during Katrina. Now, he's doing his part to make it up to America by hosting a radio show. Usually in Denver, but this week, in New Orleans. He's back! Hello, N.O.! It's Brown! What happened out there, Brown?
You've heard the line, 'I serve at the pleasure of the president.' That's not a trite statement, it's the absolute truth. You are putting yourself out there, hoping to do the best you can do, recognizing that you're working in a purely political vacuum and that anything can happen. You have to be ready for it.
When it happens, unless you committed a crime, if you get caught in a political s—- storm, then what you need to do is hold your head up, walk away and move on. It's not the end of the world.
Unless you're dead, in which case, you don't walk away at all. Okay, okay. To be fair, Brown's been fairly honest in the years since Katrina, saying that he fucked up, and that Bush fucked up even worse. He's not a bad model for anyone who's made a serious mistake: be contrite, own up, and move on.
Unless you're dead. Then you don't move on. Brown, Brown, Brown like poop. Happy anniversary, New Orleans.
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