Some in the White House suggested only Louisiana should be federalized because it was run by a Democrat, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, [Michael] Brown told a group of graduate students at a lecture on politics and emergency management at Metropolitan College of New York.Honestly, when I read “certain people” my antennae went up. I would love to know who these “certain people” were.
"Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it," he said.
However, Brownie FM wasn’t transmitting:
Brown declined to say who in the White House had argued for only taking control of Louisiana, but said that he'd later learned of the situation through Blanco's office and from other officials on the federal level.How can we believe his accusations if he can’t produce who said it? Plus, he says he heard about the statements secondhand and after the event.
I assume he’s being paid for these speaking engagements and that’s his motivation to keep on talking. But, if he also wants to clear his name, he needs to start providing evidence for his accusations. Simply saying other people screwed up too doesn’t make up for his screw ups.
Previously on Brownie FM:
The Legend of Michael Brown – where he says of Blanco and Nagin, “I felt like strangling them both” and scolds the people of New Orleans with “The government cannot save you.”
Why Is Michael Brown Still Talking? – where he solemnly relives the height of his infamy revealing how he should have responded after the President gave him a premature performance evaluation, “You just said I was doing a heck of a job, when I know things are going to heck in a handbasket.”
UPDATE: anonymous digs up a relevant article in the comments.