Katrina FEMA Head Michael Brown Mocks Super Bowl Power Outage

Monday, 04 Feb 2013 05:22 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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The former FEMA official responsible for handling Hurricane Katrina has posted a mocking Tweet about Sunday's Super Bowl power outage at the Superdome where thousands of displaced New Orleans residents had been sheltered after the deadly 2005 storm.

Michael "Heckuva Job Brownie" Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President George W. Bush, was in charge of managing the federal response to the 2005 hurricane that killed more than 1,800 people and left thousands of residents homeless.

Now a talk radio host, Brown resigned as FEMA director after critics slammed him for what they considered a slow and incompetent disaster response. He has since co-authored a book, "Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, The Bush White House, and Beyond," about his experiences during Hurricane Katrina. The book was released in 2011.

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Bush was criticized for his "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" quote made before the full extent of Katrina's destruction was apparent.

Now, Brown's latest comments have ignited a firestorm online, but Brown isn’t backing down.

"Come see the water line marks on the street signs by my church and see how funny Katrina/Dome tweets are," Twitter user Duris Holmes wrote.

"I saw them. Blanco Nagin refused to look," Brown responded, referring to former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

A power outage early in the third quarter put the Super Bowl on hold for more than half an hour Sunday, delaying game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

Last fall, Brown drew criticism for his comments about President Barack Obama's Superstorm Sandy response, which Brown felt was too premature. Brown said in a Denver Westword newspaper interview the president may have had a more positive effect if he waited until Sunday afternoon to address the storm instead of holding a press conference that morning.

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