By Shawn Rice
Former President Barack Obama was being blamed by some on Twitter for a lack of response as president when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. However, Obama was not president at the time Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in one of the country’s worst hurricanes. Rather, President George W. Bush was serving his second term when he was accused of failing to properly respond to the crisis.
That did not stop some on Twitter from posting misleading arguments. Twitter users tried to pin the blame for Katrina relief issues on Obama, though he was not even president when it hit New Orleans. As damage from Hurricane Harvey continued to drastically affect the Texas region in late August 2017, some Twitter users defended President Donald Trump’s response to the disaster by criticizing Obama.
Of course, an argument like the one shown above is ill-informed as it ignores the fact that Obama was not president at the time. Katrina made landfall in August 2005, during Bush’s presidency. Instead, Obama who was a Democratic Party senator representing Illinois when the storm hit was not elected president until November 2008, well after those events occurred.
However, the above argument still fails when one acknowledges that Obama did meet with Katrina evacuees on Sept. 5, 2005 in Lubbock Texas alongside former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. According to Snopes, online speculation also mounted around some users posting anti-Obama tweets, questioning whether they were actually Russian misinformation “bots.”
What was your response when Katrina hit and Obama was playing golf? At least Trump is prepared unlike your hero, Obama. https://t.co/pQ1Fvyzp3Q
— Joshua Goldsteen (@GoldsteenJoshua) August 26, 2017
u guys are so quick to criticize Trump. Where was Obama when Hurricane Katrina hit…
o yeah, he was playing golf for 3 days!! … SAD!!
— fontaineaux (@Lynchburged) August 29, 2017
We have a better leader this time to tackle events of this magnitude. Obama was playing golf during Katrina
— Jorge (@JorgePo40586036) August 29, 2017
When Katrina hit Obama played golf, Killery was not interested. Trump went and physically helped hand out food & water. You’re a fool. #MAGA
— Drain the Sewer (@USAPatriotSC) August 29, 2017
— Aaron Craig (@ACraig2031) August 29, 2017
While it is unclear how many of the recent spate of anti-Obama tweets were manufactured or made as a joke with regards to Trump’s current handling of Hurricane Harvey, an August 2013 survey conducted by the Democrat-oriented Public Policy Polling showed that 29 percent of Louisiana Republicans believed that Obama was to blame for the oft-critized federal response to Katrina.
Here are some reactions on social media to the incorrect facts about Obama and Katrina.
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