President Barack Obama speaking at the Northeast Iowa Community College, for a White House Rural Economic Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. The President’s visit will focus on agriculture’s contribution to the national economy, and how to create more jobs in rural America. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

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Did Obama sink the Titanic? Twitter sure thinks so

Obama wasn't president for these events, but let's place the blame on him anyway.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 31, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:51 pm CDT

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?

September 11?

Pearl Harbor?

The sinking of the Titanic?

The Cuban Missile Crisis?

Let’s not forget the Civil War and the Great Depression.

Thanks, Obama!

But, wait. He did meet with one victim aboard the Titanic.

Well, at least he did that one thing.

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*First Published: Aug 31, 2017, 6:56 am CDT