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Horsing around

Michael Brown didn’t just work for the International Arabian Horse Association before becoming the hopelessly unqualified head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was asked to resign by the horse group, Brett Arends reports in today’s Boston Herald. (Via Jay Fitzgerald.)

By the way, the current lead item on the horse association’s website is headlined, “Help Horse Victims of Hurricane Katrina.” Just a guess, but I’d say the horses are in better hands than the people of New Orleans.

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  1. Anonymous

    I voted for both Bushes out of disgust for the Democrat business-as-usual policies but they have lost me on this one. It’s one thing to make Cellucci an Ambassador to our best friend internationally. Quite another, however, to put this equestrian hack on the last line of defense against inevitable, life-threatening events. Might as well hire someone with substance abuse issues as the pilot of Air Force One. While their world views are marginally different, Bush has proven that the reason his father and Clinton get along so well is that they are not so dissimilar. A pox on both their houses.

  2. Steve

    Check this report out – from a Dutch viewer of ZDF on the discrepancy between CNN and ZDF coverage of the Bush photo-op:” There was a striking dicrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV. ZDF News reported that the president’s visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of ‘news people’ had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time. The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.”

  3. Anonymous

    Since when is CNN a Bush apologist? I’m not familiar with ZDF but I suspect they, like many European outlets, may just be the anti-Fox….

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