George W. Bush

Alternative Fact of the Week: 'Heckuva job' redux

Alternative Fact of the Week: 'Heckuva job' redux

There was a time not that long ago when U.S. presidents who ignored the consequences of devastating hurricanes on Americans, as well as the shortcomings of federal disaster assistance, could be embarrassed by their behavior. Less than two weeks after George W. Bush gave his infamous “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” to Michael D. Brown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast 13 years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency head had resigned. At least 1,245 people died as a result of the storm that FEMA, as well as local authorities, were clearly unprepared to handle.

Fast forward to President Donald Trump, who has a slightly...

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