No Apology for Brown

Sixty-four percent of respondents to a poll on and editorials in numerous newspapers say that the administration owes former FEMA Director Michael Brown an apology for the way it treated him after Hurricane Katrina in light of the release of a videotaped teleconference that revealed, among other things, that Brown had delivered a timely warning about problems that could ensue if storm victims were brought to the Superdome. But the White House won’t go anywhere near an apology.

When HUMAN EVENTS Political Editor John Gizzi asked White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan whether he agreed Brown was owed an apology, McClellan said: "I don’t know what’s been said over the course of the last few days when I was gone [with the President to India and Pakistan], in terms of that. All I can tell you is what the President did, and it was very public what the President did. It was a storm that we took very seriously."

McClellan, however, did not hesitate to use Brown in the President’s defense. "Mike Brown indicated that [the President had] been asking a lot of questions" during the video conference, McClellan said.