Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown said Monday he has resigned "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president," three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Brown, under fire for FEMA's performance in the Gulf Coast, said he feared he had become a distraction.
But what's more interesting is George's response to the press regarding the resignation...
The president ducked questions about Brown's resignation. "Maybe you know something I don't know. I've been working," the president said to reporters on an inspection tour of damage in Gulfport, Miss. Bush said he planned to talk with Brown's boss, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, from Air Force One on the flight back to Washington.
Did he really not know Brownie had resigned before he was questioned by the press? Before Cheney's sudden return, and the relieving of duty that soon followed, I would have suspected he was just avoiding a necessary response, but now I'm not quite so sure.