"Can I quit now? Can I come home?"
--Michael Brown, former FEMA director, in an e-mail he sent the morning of the hurricane to Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs.
"I'm trapped now, please rescue me."
--Brown a few days later, to an acquaintance.
"Tie or not for tonight? Button down blue shirt?"
-- Brown, August 26, just days before Katrina made landfall.
"You look fabulous."
-- Worthy to Brown, on August 29, the day of the storm.
"I got it at Nordstroms. ... Are you proud of me?"
–- Brown's reply.
"If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."
-- Brown, August 29, the day of the storm.