Bush's 'Brownie': Obama Wanted Spill to Spread
Anti-oil prez waited for disaster, says ex-FEMA chief
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2010 5:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama's doing a heckuva job in using the Gulf oil spill to further his anti-Big Oil agenda, according to former FEMA chief Michael Brown. Brown—whose handling of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath won praise from few apart from President Bush—says that Obama waited for the oil spill to worsen so he could shut down offshore drilling, the Huffington Post reports.

"This is exactly what they want, because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say, 'I'm gonna shut it down because it's too dangerous,'" Brown told Fox's Neil Cavuto. "This president has never supported Big Oil, he's never supported offshore drilling, and now he has an excuse to shut it back down."