President Bush stacked FEMA with political hacks who badly mismanaged the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. He continues to nominate unqualified people to top posts and it’s sparking bipartisan outrage. UPI 9/15/05:
Julie Myers was nominated by President Bush to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE — the agency charged with hunting down money launderers, sanctions busters and human traffickers, and which is the sole enforcer of immigration laws inside the country. Thursday, she faced a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
“I’m really concerned about your management experience,” Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, told her, pointing out that ICE, with 20,000 employees, was the second-largest investigative agency in the federal government.
“I think that we ought to have a meeting with (Homeland Security Secretary) Mike Chertoff … to ask him… why he thinks you’re qualified for the job.
“Because based on your resume, I don’t think you are,” Voinovich concluded.
Bush, 9/16/07: “Julie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”