CNN on Brown Emails: “Humor Is A Stress Relief, So We Understand”

This morning, Rep. Charlie Melancon published emails on his website from former FEMA director (and current paid FEMA consultant) Michael Brown.

Among Brown’s messages during Katrina: “Can I quit now?” and “I’m trapped now, please rescue me.” He also found time to chat about fashion (“In this crisis and on TV you just need to look more hard-working … ROLL UP THE SLEEVES”) and arrange for a dog sitter.

Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien of CNN were on the case this morning to help you make sense of the news. The duo offered the following insights:

“Humor is a stress relief, so we understand”


“Who knows if he’s being sarcastic?”

“There was a point when nobody knew how bad it [Katrina] was”

“How many times have you misinterpreted an email?”

See for yourself:

(QuickTime streaming)