(Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry)
Former FEMA director Michael Brown tried to clarify his comment about President Obama handling the hurricane situation "too quickly," and ended up shoving his foot even further into his mouth.
"The President should have just -- he could have just made a comment while he was in Florida that says, 'you know my FEMA director is on top of this and we're gonna do everything we can when the states ask us to come in and help.' He would have been better served politically to let everybody else... make whatever statements they were going to make. Call for their evacuations. And then he could have stepped up, very presidentially, and said 'And by the way, I have instructed my FEMA director to give the states whatever they need as the storm approaches.' I think he would have gotten more mileage out of it."
Because disaster relief is for getting political mileage, not making sure people have the aid they need.