Local leaders delayed acting to avoid voter backlash in case events changed at the last minute and constituents questioned their decisions; state leaders with exhausted regional resources tried to take credit for whatever worked while blaming others for any failures; members of Congress pretended that photo ops at the disaster site actually meant they were involved with recovery; and the agencies truly involved attempted to accomplish a job where their success would be attributed to others. Votes would be gained and lost, a situation that many in Washington saw as being of far greater concern than a hurricane whose destructive force had passed. It was a perfect political storm that would one day make or break careers, including mine.
Hurricane Katrina happened during a Republican administration, but the harsh realities transcend political parties, economics, age, race, or ethnic origins. In one form or another, we are too often a nation in denial.
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About the Author
Michael D. Brown was Under Secretary of Homeland Security in the administration of President George W. Bush. A consultant and radio talk show host, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Ted Schwarz is the author of over 100 books, several of them bestsellers. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Table of Contents
1 Welcome to D.C. 1
2 A Little Background 21
3 They Warned Me There'd Be Storms Like Katrina 25
4 The City Built Under Water 31
5 Hurricane Charley, Our Baptism by Fire 61
6 Disaster Politics 65
7 Anticipation Becomes Reality 69
8 The Aftermath Begins 97
9 The Violence Begins 129
10 The Media Intrude 133
11 How the Media Fuel Indifference 169
12 You Live Where? 185
Appendix 1 Behind the Scenes: What You Didn't Read, See, or Hear 205
Appendix 2 With Time Comes Understanding 217