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'Can I Quit Now?'

6:30 PM -- File under "kicking them when they're down" (Red Panda's favorite pastime):

Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon yesterday released a series of emails written by former FEMA chief and crony extraordinaire Michael Brown during the Katrina crisis. From CNN:

Two days after Katrina hit, Marty Bahamonde, one of the only FEMA employees in New Orleans, wrote to Brown that "the situation is past critical" and listed problems including many people near death and food and water running out at the Superdome.

Brown's entire response was: "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"


Boy, that is one heck of a job he was doing.

In other emails, Brownie displays keen interest in the intricacies of his own wardrobe ("I got it at Nordsstroms [sic]... If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire you'll really vomit. I ama [sic] fashion god.") and possible lunch options ("Order a #2, tater tots, large diet cherry limeade"). But most heartrending is his plaintive cry for help on the morning of the hurricane: "Can I quit now? Can I come home?"

Well, at least that much worked out well for him.

— Red Panda, Light Reading

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