Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

Michael Brown

THEN: President George W. Bush's appraisal of his performance in 2005 as head of the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina — "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" — became a catchphrase for federal incompetence.

NOW: Brown hosts a talk-radio show on Denver's KOA and is writing a book on crisis management. His take on the post-Katrina mess: "The chain of command began to break down ... And I had to go around that to get to the White House to try to get things done."