Friday, September 09, 2005

Time magazine says FEMA chief Michael Brown fudged his resume, my neck begins to hurt from indiscriminate self-backpatting

Readers of this blog will remember, back on September 4th, I talked about Michael Brown, the head of FEMA, having been asked to resign from a previous position as commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association. However, this stint of his does not appear on his online resume at the FEMA website, which led me to believe that he fudged his resume. This is what I said :

Funnily enough, Brown's own resume posted on the FEMA website omits any mention of this period in his professional career. Not that I blame him. Who amongst us hasn't fudged our resume here and there?"

Time magazine, now says Brown might actually have fudged his resume, with respect to another position he previously held (via Raw Story).

Before joining FEMA, his only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA's website, was "serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight." The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 "overseeing the emergency services division." In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an "assistant to the city manager" from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees."

So basically, Brown claimed to have held a position of authority he actually did not. Hell, why am I not surprised? Not only that, in a different instance, he claimed to have been a professor at a university where he was actually a student. Hows that for role-playing?

"Under the "honors and awards" section of his profile at — which is information on the legal website provided by lawyers or their offices—he lists "Outstanding Political Science Professor, Central State University". However, Brown "wasn't a professor here, he was only a student here," says Charles Johnson, News Bureau Director in the University Relations office at the University of Central Oklahoma (formerly named Central State University)."

This entry since then, has been amended to say "Honors: Outstanding Pol. Science Senior".

Christ, this administration really takes hiring of incompetents to a whole new level. But as I said in my post, in this case, this incompetent was responsible for the death of thousands of lives. If nothing else, this administration should be impeached for criminal negligence.


Michael Higgins said...

Hi Gawker
Michael Brown was removed but not fired. Firing him would perhaps indicate that Pres. Bush made a mistake and of course we all know he never makes mistakes.

gawker said...

Exactly. Although there is one advantage for Bush if he fires Brown. He can always say it was all Brown's fault and now that I've fired him, I'm now blameless.

Ash said...

Gawker, I think you have ESP.

gawker said...

No, no, I sit and I analyze. It's a lot of hard work you know.

arZan said...

it seems Bush heard your arguement and asked Brown to resign.

Good work Gawker !!