It’s like a skit out of Mad Magazine.
Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it was holding a news conference to answer reporters’ questions about the federal agency’s emergency response to the Southern California wildfires.
FEMA’s Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson conducted the event like a regular press briefing, assuring those in attendance that FEMA — the agency that performed so poorly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — was responding well to the disaster in Southern California. “The report basically is that were doing a fine, doing a pretty good job,” Johnson told the audience.
The event went smoothly. That is, until the news media discovered that the press conference wasn’t exactly a press conference at all. Unlike most press briefings, this one was missing a key component: members of the press. abc news
They faked it. Entirely. The “questions” directed to Johnson were asked by FEMA staff. The whole event was a staged charade, a fraud, a hoax. Pure fluff.
Remember, this is a branch of President Monkey Boy’s Department of Homeland Security. These are the people charged with protecting American citizens within our borders.
In the aftermath of Wilma, I had some very limited dealings with FEMA. It was positively surreal. There were reams of redundant paperwork (that I refused to complete), there were emails and conversations from people who contradicted one another, and there were amazing telephone conversations that had nothing to do with what I wanted to know. I ended up screaming at some asshole to go away, leave me alone, and spend his time helping people who truly needed help, not me.
Turns out that wasn’t his concern. He was paid by the visit. He came out to my house with a camera even though there was nothing to photograph: no damage, no flooding, nothing. I told him that. He came anyway.
So now they stage a fake press conference to sing their own praises and make their fearless leader look competent. Even after their colossal clusterfuck in New Orleans that cost their thumb sucking leader “Heckuva Job” Brownie his job, they’ve learned exactly nothing, and pull this.
What the hell are they playing at?
Everybody feel safer now?