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Sunday, June 17, 2018

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: