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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The front page of Friday’s New York Times offered a hyperbolic question: Is the rollout President Obama’s Katrina?

Here’s the exact language from the piece: “The disastrous rollout of his health care law not only threatens the rest of his agenda but also raises questions about his competence in the same way that the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina undermined any semblance of Republican efficiency.”

But before we jump the gun and write off Obama as a lame duck whose incompetence doomed his second term, let’s remember we’ve heard these comparisons before (although they have been more likely to appear on The Drudge Report rather than the New York Times). Whenever the president faces a difficult political situation, pundits rush to compare it to disasters from past presidencies. Here’s a look back at five of the comparisons that have not panned out:

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  • silence dogood

    Bernie Madoff is in prison for the rest of his life for defrauding a handful of people for far less financial consequence than Obama’s lies will have.

    • Sand_Cat

      Yeah, and you should be in an asylum for the insane for the rest of yours.

      Are you completely incapable of telling the truth?

    • WhutHeSaid

      Yes, yes — Obama is the Antichrist. We get it: You’re a bigot, Obama is black. Anything else?

  • Dominick Vila

    § Terrorist attacks during George W. Bush’s tenure:

    2001 – World Trade Center, New York and Pentagon, DC; 3,000 killed.

    2002 – U.S. Consulate in Karachi Pakistan attacked, 12 killed; 51 injured.

    2003 – International Compound, Saudi Arabia, 17 killed .

    2003 – U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 2 killed.

    2004 – U.S. Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan, 2 killed 9 injured.

    2004 – U.S. Consulate Saudi Arabia, 8 killed.

    2006 – U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 4 killed including a U.S. diplomat.

    2006 – U.S. Embassy, Syria, 1 killed and 13 wounded.

    2007 – Grenade launched into the U.S. Embassy in Athens. No casualties.

    2008 – U.S. Embassy, Serbia, attacked by thousands, no one killed.

    2008 – U.S. Consulate, Turkey, 3 killed.

    2008 – U.S. Embassy in Yemen bombed, 13 killed.

    – Terrorist attacks during George
    H, W, Bush’s tenure: 12 Embassy attacks with 60 killed.

    Weekly attacks against U.S.
    interests, civilians, and against our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    GOP reaction: George W. Bush
    transformed into a war President, and is praised for keeping us safe!

    Beirut, Lebanon, and the subsequent cut and run
    Funding death squads in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia and other places
    Bombing and insane asylum in miniscule Grenada
    Iraq, Afghanistan, and letting the homeland of the 9/11 mastermind, the Wahhabis princes that funded AQ, and the terrorists who carried out that tragedy get away with murder.
    Admitting that bringing justice to OBL was not a big deal
    Predicting the imminent collapse of the U.S. economy
    Paying for crusades with borrowed or imaginary money
    Giving amnesty to 5 illegal immigrants in 1986
    The near collapse of Wall Street
    The S&L debacle in the 1980s
    And the list goes on, and on, and on.
    What does the GOP say in response to that record: An obscure IRS office manager, who happens to be a registered Republican, noticed irregularities in applications submitted by Republican and Democratic organization seeking tax exempt status.
    Benghazi, which unlike all the attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions, and 9/11, is unacceptable because, after all, 4 is greater than 3,000+
    The NSA conducts surveillance consistent with the Patriot’s Act!

    • FT66

      Not only 4 is greater than 3,000+, you have forgotten the treasure which was put in that war of own choice, plus those who are now disabled because of it.

    • Lovefacts

      Let’s also not forget the cost to the country of fighting two unfunded wars. And then there is the attack on the US Marines in Lebanon under Reagan.

    • ThomasBonsell

      But, the Benghazi raid might have been prevented had the administration not screwed up.

      The CIA has always used informants in hostile nations or groups to keep it informd. But it had no informants in Libya to tell it anything.

      One of the reasons was that administration officials outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, who had a network of informants in the Middle East keeping her up to date on armaments poduction. When she was outed, it also exposed her network so that now very few people will put their lives on the line to help the UInited States if they can be exposed by the very government they are trying to help.

      Wait a second. It was the George W. Bush administration that outed Plame and destroyed a valuable pipeline of info, wasn’t it. So, to quote Emily Latella, “Never mind.”

      But do remember.

      • silas1898

        The stench of the Bush Crime Family will linger for a very long time.

    • mandinka

      You managed to leave out that under Obama’s rules of engagement the US suffered RECORD causalities every year while moooslim causalities decreased. WHY?? Because Barak placed more value on mooooslims than our own troops

      • Cameron Hyman

        who let you out of the basement sloth? its spelled muslim by the way

      • ralphkr

        Well, mandinka, at least Obama allows our troops to carry loaded weapons while in the war zone unlike that military genius Reagan who ordered our troops not to load weapons until AFTER they were fired upon. Because of his order that truck bomb was able to reach the hotel and kill 241 Marines while our sentries were removing their magazines from their pouches, inserting into their weapons, and charging their weapons.

      • Sand_Cat

        If they’re like you, maybe he’d be right to do so. But of course, that’s only your fantasy talking.

  • moodygirlmb

    King is an idiot, I know, he’s my representative. We can’t seem to get rid of him.

  • mandinka

    Its something you would read on Drudge rather than the NY Times. If you want unbiased truth read Drudge, if you want PURE WH spin read the NY Times and Wash Post. Today the Wash Post had its 3rd article on the problem with the website. Yet to date it has yet to cover that the contract went to a Canadian firm, that the owner was a personal friend of Michelle and that it was a $650M NO BID contact that is against the law

    • LotusJoan

      I really thought that the air would run out in the Republican bubble by now. It does appear as though the shortage of oxygen has gotten to what passes for a brain.

    • Sand_Cat

      “Unbiased truth” on the Drudge Report? Wow, that’s a good one. Got any more jokes that funny?

      • mandinka

        wikipedia is also a good source if it has been edited by a republican

    • dpaano

      Apparently, you haven’t “fact checked” this BS….Michelle and the so-called “personal friend” didn’t even know each other despite going to the same school. Heck, when I went to graduate school, I didn’t know more than 2-3 of my classmates….hard to think that Michelle would know ALL of her classmates from her college. Give me a break!! Why is it that Republicans just can’t seem to do their fact checking before sprouting off with inane crap? It gets boring after awhile!