FEMA director Mike Brown is being relieved of on-the-ground duties in the gulf. Chertoff and Bush/Rove have apparently finally figured out that this bozo is easily made the fall guy. But, someone needs to ask Bush/Chertoff if he's being removed because of his incompetence, or because he has lied on his resume:
A White House press release from 2001 stated Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 'overseeing the emergency services division.' But, Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, said Brown was an 'assistant to the city manager,' a position likened to an intern.These lies are scandalous and will no doubt bring Brown down. But they also conveniently allow Bush and Chertoff to sidestep the question of his incompetent management, and the fact that he was woefully unqualified for the job even if he had actually done the work that his resume/bios assert. Hiring him was a mistake even with the false information he gave. Coupled with the failure of Congress and the President to care for the environment and levees, it was Brown's management incompetence not his job application lies, that led to the deaths of hundreds.
Time [Magazine] says Brown lists 'Outstanding Political Science Professor, Central State University' on a legal Web site but was identified as only a student.
Brown states he was director of the Oklahoma Christian Home, a nursing home in Edmond, but an administrator said no one there is familiar with him.
It wouldn't shock me if Rove himself leaked these discrepancies. Now, they can blame his lack of qualifications on his untruthfulness and not on their poor hiring practices; and they can blame his firing on his indiscretion, and not have Bush go back on his statement that Brown(ie) was doing a "heck of a job."