Judge Every President By Gulf Coast Emergencies
In 2006, I had trouble understanding all the venom toward President Bush based on the Hurricane Katrina recovery. It seemed odd that a naturally occurring weather system, not the war, seemed to be the point at which he lost most of his support. Maybe it was more of a final straw than "worse than the war," but it's never fair to the victims to politicize a disaster.
It hasn't even been two years for Barack Obama in office, but already another Louisiana-centric disaster has struck in the form of an oil spill, and the inability to clean it up is starting to draw parallels. Never mind that some blogs said the same thing about Obama's relief efforts in Haiti. But I suppose something actually happening in the Gulf Coast is easier for comparisons. Unfortunately, no take backs.
And whatever happened to Waterloo? I must've missed the memo when Katrina became the prototypical downfall of a person in power.
But is this really how Obama's presidency will be judged? By an oil spill? I don't remember Senior Bush being remembered as the guy under which the Exxon Valdez spewed forth Texas tea into the cold Alaskan sea. In fact ... nope, he's not even mentioned on the Wikipedia entry.
(Aside: The only way Obama will have "his own Katrina" is if he had an affair with a stripper or prostitute named Katrina and then killed and dismembered her body, then buried it under the White House. Not that this has happened, of course.)