During natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass tragedies, the nation always likes to critique how the current president of the United States handled the situation. Did he fly immediately to the scene and hug survivors? Did he give a speech? Did he do enough?
It helps to remember who is (or was) president at the time of the incident.
Many people, including J.R. Rowling, have criticized President Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey—which he called an “innocent” name for a hurricane. In turn, Trump’s supporters are attacking Obama for not doing enough during Hurricane Katrina, which occurred in 2005. Obama started his first term in 2009. Yep. Katrina hit the Gulf Coast years before Obama became president. But that didn’t stop people from blaming him.
For the people who actually remember the years that Obama was president, the claim that Obama was president during Hurricane Katrina became a joke. What other events in history can we blame on Obama for no reason?
The sinking of the Titanic?
Ugh and he was terrible when the Titanic sank #ThanksObama
— William D. Adler (@williamadler78) August 29, 2017
HOW COME WE NEVER SAW OBAMA HELPING THE TITANIC PASSENGERS INTO THEIR LIFEBOATS
WHERE WAS HE DURING THE SPANISH FLU OF 1918, HUH https://t.co/udJqWlwxnK
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) August 30, 2017
The Cuban Missile Crisis?
Let’s not forget the Civil War and the Great Depression.
It's always disappointed me how poorly Barack Obama handed Hurricane Katrina, the Civil War, and The Great Depression.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 29, 2017
But, wait. He did meet with one victim aboard the Titanic.
"Next we'll be asking why Obama didn't meet with Titanic victims!"
He did. pic.twitter.com/0QZ7OZ8Pz4
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) August 30, 2017
Well, at least he did that one thing.