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President Donald Trump has been roundly criticized for his awkward, self-centered handling of Hurricane Harvey, where he showed up outside the disaster zone, bragged into a megaphone about how big the crowd was, and did little else. Trump just can’t catch a break when he is bad at being president. But the situation makes one wonder: Did we apply the same rules to President Barack Obama?
Bots and the Trump supporters who retweet them asked if Trump’s doing so badly, what do liberals have to say about Obama’s actions during Katrina?Where even was Obama during Hurricane Katrina?
It really got me thinking. So, I compiled a list of five tragedies that I think we can all agree Obama really dropped the ball on. Let’s start with Katrina.
1. Hurricane Katrina
We already kind of touched on this. But it bears repeating that Obama didn’t do nearly enough in the aftermath of Katrina. I mean, sure, as an Illinois senator in 2005, a year without a presidential election, he went to the Astrodome in Houston to meet with evacuees and then openly criticized George W. Bush and the federal response to the storm, calling it “achingly slow.” But he didn’t even bother to become president for another four years. Come on dude. What the hell?
2. The JFK Assassination
The nation was shocked and saddened in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald. The aftermath left the country in turmoil and in desperate need of direction. And where was your beloved President Obama? His 2-year-old self was certainly not on TV addressing a troubled nation to reassure its citizens that the state of the Union remains strong and unbroken.
3. Pearl Harbor
Remembered as the moment the United States was pulled into World War II, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor galvanized a divided nation into action. The day after the attack, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his legendary Infamy Speech, but it speaks volumes on Obama’s character that he was nowhere to be seen in the direct aftermath of Pearl Harbor, choosing to take a back seat in the sensitive matters of his shattered country.
4. The Boston Massacre
One of the defining moments of the American Revolution was that cold fateful March eve in 1770 where several Parliament-loyal British soldiers fired into a crowd of unarmed people, killing five. The incident inspired the colonies into rebellion, eventually sparking the Revolutionary War. Yet, in every historical account of the event I’ve read, your favorite president Barack Obama’s name doesn’t come up even one time. You’d think he’d have something — anything to say after one of the critical events leading to his country’s formation, but he said and did nothing. What a complete disgrace.
5. The Black Death
In the 14th century, an epidemic known as “Black Death” or the bubonic plague, swept across Europe and Asia, killing millions in its wake. It goes without saying that Barack “Obungler” didn’t have the courtesy to even extend his best wishes in the form of a raven’s scroll to Europe’s richest kings, denouncing the disease and offering solutions to the labor shortage that was certainly imminent. A fractured world could have used comforting words from the leader of the free world in those years. But Obummer had the audacity to not even exist in a physical form for another 600 years. An embarrassment to the office of the presidency.