Originally Posted by malligator
Brown may have sucked, but at least he's not been indicted for corruption directly related to Katrina like NOLA's hero Nagin. And, although the response is better, FEMA isn't the white knight of NYC like people want to believe. Mismanagement and beaurocracy are still leaving people without utilities. I said in my original post that the President can't directly affect much change in aid efforts. I don't care that he went on Xmas vacation. If he never went on vacation because Americans were struggling...well...he'd never go on vacation at all. The media tells the story and shapes the general view of the efforts and the story being told is vastly different between Katrina and Sandy even though the response isn't vastlly different.
The subject was the perception of Bush and Obama in terms of FEMA's response to the storms.
You didn't answer the basic question, but we both know the answer: Obama took the position of FEMA director seriously and appointed a qualified emergency management veteran. Bush handed the job to a friend who not only had no experience, but appeared to have nothing but disdain for the duties.
Deflecting to Nagin doesn't change the fact that the two presidents had a very different approach.