Ex–FEMA Director Who Oversaw Katrina Criticizes Obama for Golfing During Louisiana Flood

Michael Brown oversaw the response to Katrina 11 years ago.

“The problem is the optics,” Brown said during an interview today on the Fox Business Network.

Brown — who received then–President George W. Bush’s infamous praise “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” as thousands of survivors went without food and shelter 11 years ago — said Obama was justified in not descending immediately on Baton Rouge, which would have diverted critical resources from flood recovery.

The flooding has killed at least 13 people, and more than 100,000 people have registered for federal assistance in southeastern Louisiana as of this morning, according to the Louisiana governor’s office.

"While in Martha's Vineyard, the president has received updates on the situation in Louisiana, including from the DHS secretary and the FEMA administrator, who took separate trips there," the White House said in a statement Friday. "The president today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the president will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday, Aug. 23."

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