Rich Galen

A couple of days after President Bush complimented him, we learned the Secretary of Defense was coming down to meet with General Russel Honoré who had been brought in to coordinate the military portion of the recovery effort - but not on the grounds where the FEMA operation was headquartered.

Someone asked me if they should call and see if Brown could attend the meeting. I said that what he should do is find some cardboard boxes because "You are now standing on the outskirts of the Military District of New Orleans."

Honoré took over total control of the operation a few days later. During his reign he famously told a reporter not to "get stuck on stupid" after the reporter asked a question he thought was stupid.

I went directly from Louisiana to Afghanistan. I told people in Afghanistan I had come there because I needed a break.

New Topic:

On Tuesday night I wrote about the Christian Science Monitor reporting that the goofball who tried to blow up an SUV in Times Square had been allowed to board a plane to Dubai because officials were trying to see if anyone was traveling with him.

That turned out to be modestly incorrect.

What is more correct is the Feds had lost track of him, he got to the airport, bought a plane ticket with cash, and the only reason he was stopped was because an alert Customs and Border Protection Agent paired his name on the flight manifest with its recent addition to the "no-fly" list.

Earlier, according to the Associated Press, Attorney General Eric Holder had told reporters

The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, was taken into custody late Monday by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives at Kennedy Airport while trying to board a flight to Dubai. He was identified by customs agents and stopped before boarding, Holder said early Tuesday in Washington.

You're doing a heck of a job, Eric.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at