Building upon my post below about how the leader of a particular government agency doesn't HAVE to be proficient in the agency's field so long as they are a competent administrator... (that is, Lee Iacoca doesn't have to know how to weld to run a car company) It certainly helps if they have SOME kind of experience.
I would prefer that the head of FEMA know what the fuck a disaster is and how to help mitigate one, but if his operational staff are competent, then I'll cut him some slack. If he knows the high altitude lay of the land and is aware of how best to lead and support his agency then I'm happy.
But the fucktard in charge of FEMA isn't competent in any way, shape or form. In fact, five of the top 8 people there are Bush appointees. Go take a look at an analysis of Mike Browns credentials here. This is beyond padding your resume to get into a good paying corporate gig, this is fucking lying your way into a job where you are in charge of saving lives. This man isn't fit to run a Quiznos, let alone FEMA. If you disagree, or think I'm way off base, sound off in the comments. Tell me I'm wrong and cite your logic. Right now my blood pressure is so high I need to go hug a goddamn tree and pet some bunnies.