The Washington Times - October 31, 2012, 12:06PM

Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,has pushed back at criticism of President Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy from Michael Brown, who headed the George W. Bush administration’s much maligned response to Hurricane Katrina.

“Better to be fast than to be late,” said Mr. Fugate told NPR on Wednesday.

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Mr. Brown on Monday suggested the president’s Sunday news conference warning people about the storm was premature and done for political reasons.

“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in … Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Mr. Brown told the Denver Westword newspaper. “Why was this so quick? … At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question … This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

Mr. Brown is no stranger to controversy. President George W. Bush infamously called him “Brownie” and told Mr. Brown he was doing “a heckuva job” in the aftermath of his widely criticized handling of Katrina.