"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." –President Bush to then-FEMA director Michael Brown on September 2, four days after Hurricane Katrina struck, as flood waters engulfed New Orleans and tens of thousands of people remained stranded.Washingtonian staffers contributing to this section were Cristina Abello, Susan Baer, Susan Davidson, Ken DeCell, Rebecca Dreilinger, Kim Isaac Eisler, Mary Clare Fleury, Kimberly Forrest, Brooke Lea Foster, Garrett M. Graff, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, Aparna Nancherla, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Chris Wilson. Also contributing were Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Matthew Graham.
Best of 2005: Worst Job Evaluation
President Bush patting then-FEMA director Michael Brown on the back days before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina