Friday, October 26, 2007

FEMA fakes news conference

Before Bush got a hold of it and "reformed" it, FEMA was one federal agency that did its job professionally and well.

But if you start with the assumption that the Government CAN'T do a good job, then the government you run WON'T. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and be UNABLE to do a good job. And the Bush administration is proof of that.

FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . . FEMA

FEMA has truly learned the lessons of Katrina. Even its handling of the media has improved dramatically. For example, as the California wildfires raged Tuesday, Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the deputy administrator, had a 1 p.m. news briefing...

He was apparently quite familiar with the reporters -- in one case, he appears to say "Mike" and points to a reporter -- and was asked an oddly in-house question about "what it means to have an emergency declaration as opposed to a major disaster declaration" signed by the president. He once again explained smoothly.

Of course, that could be because the questions were asked by FEMA staffers playing reporters.

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