For the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and for the White House, Michael Brown has become a real problem.
Mr Brown, who was appointed head of Fema by President Bush two years ago, has a background which is open to some question.
He is the former head of the Arabian Horse Association but his official biography says he was also in charge of emergency services in the city of Edmond, Oklahoma, in the late 1970s.
However, a spokesman for the city told Time Magazine that his role was really that of an intern - nobody reported to him.
According to the Washington Post, five of the top eight officials at Fema came to their posts with hardly any experience of handling disasters.
The top three, including Mr Brown, had ties to President Bush's election campaign in the year 2000.
Mr Bush chose last week to single out Mr Brown for public praise.
"Browny, you're doing a heck of a job," he said.
Nepotism, meet 5,000 dead folks. Dead folks, meet a doornob, leader of the free world.
"Family values" probably looks a lot different when you're observing it from 30,000 feet.
Jesus. Why can't his plane be the next one to lose all it's oxygen at altitude?
Hey, whose bright idea was it to give the pyro the Zippo? How's he look now, red states?
Is he still your man?