Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What's Next For Michael Brown?

What's next for Michael Brown?

The embattled FEMA director quit yesterday, just three days after being relieved of duty heading the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. In one of the great understatements of the year, Brown admitted his resignation was "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president."

President George W. Bush initially ducked questions about Brown's resignation yesterday on his third and most extensive tour of the Gulf. "Maybe you know something I don't know. I've been working," Bush told reporters in Gulfport, Miss.

In truth, Bush knew about the resignation, and had already selected a successor -- but he didn't want to pre-empt an official announcement.

This time, Bush actually selected someone with emergency management experience, tapping David Paulison, a 30-year firefighting veteran who heads the U.S. Fire Administration. Huzzah!

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So what's next for Brown?

What can he do now? Who knows. It was learned recently that Brown padded his resume.

So it's unlikely that Brown will go back to overseeing the emergency services divisions of Edmond, Okla., because, as TIME magazine reported, Brown never held a position of authority for the city. He was an assistant to the city manager, though -- a position that local officials say was little more than an intern.

But what about going back to being a political science professor at Central State University, in Ohio? Nope. Charles Johnson, a member of the university's public relations office, said Brown "wasn't a professor here, he was only a student here."

Ok. But certainly Brown could return to his position as a director of the Oklahoma Christian Home, in Edmond, right? The nursing home doesn't have a board of directors anymore and when it did, no one remembers Brown being on it. According to a veteran employee Brown "was never director here, was never on the board of directors, was never executive director. He was never here in any capacity. I never heard his name mentioned here."

Yikes, where did Bush find this guy?

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In all seriousness, Brown, a member of the Oklahoma State Bar, could ultimately be disbarred for violating state rules of professional conduct. Oklahoma state law specifies that "any lawyer violating these rules is subject to discipline including "disbarment, suspension of a respondent from the practice of law for a definite term."

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So what's next for Brown? Even if he is disbarred, history would suggest that Brown will have a soft landing, within the loving arms of the administration's conservative friends.

That may mean making the rounds as a public speaker. Heck, even Jeff Gannon is reportedly making money as a public speaker, in between invitations to conservative-friendly events. Or perhaps a comfy job at a corporate friend of the administration, like Philip Cooney. Cooney, chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, stepped down on June 10 after being involved in a damaging controversy over his deleting of dire climate change warnings from U.S. government reports. He wound up at ExxonMobil.

12 Comments:

Anonymous no name no slogan said...

Five words: "You want fries with that?"

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Norquist Nemesis said...

Ummm...KBR?
His name's already on the door!

11:06 AM  
Anonymous MnFats said...

Kids, wait til the bus is fully stopped before stepping off the curb."

And don't run!

11:06 AM  
Anonymous npincus said...

Event Planner?

11:06 AM  
Anonymous TlalocW said...

He'll be given a medal just like all other failures in the Bush admin. Then he'll write a book and go on the lecture tour about how his being some sort of commissioner in a horse outfit helped him save lives after Katrina.

TlalocW

11:15 AM  
Anonymous shaniqua6392 said...

Do you want to supersize your order???

No really. He is probably all set up with one of shrubs corporate buddies to make millions. If there is one thing Georgie does not want, it would be to piss Brownie Boy off. God only knows what that guy has seen and heard.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'someone with emergency management experience', yes, but Mr. Duct Tape? This is the man who told us that we should stock up on duct tape and plastic sheeting in the event of a nuclear attack. Sure, he has more experience than Brown, but clearly, it hasn't served him well if he's inclined to think that duct tape will keep us safe from DNA-altering radiation.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

We could do a lot worse. Don't forget, Brown's #2 and #3 had no appropriate experience, either.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous BlueJac said...

Now, only if the rest...

Condi, Rummy, Dick and GW could see what is in the best interest of this country and decide to do what is right, just RESIGN!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous MN ChimpH8R said...

Night shift manager at a Denny's somewhere in Oklahoma.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Botany said...

unless he is truely evil sooner or later he will have to make ......
.... the screaming in his skull stop. Granted he and his family are set
for life because of corruption (funneled 200 million to his former boss
Joe Allbaugh) but as stories of doctors having to end the life of patients
early in LA get more press, the body count rises, and his phony resume
gets him disbarred his options will become limited.

I predict he will go on a "walk' by himself and not come back.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous The Backlash Cometh said...

If he has any talent at all, I hope he writes a tell-all book.

A reverse Bernie Goldberg.

12:00 PM  

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