Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005, and it is widely considered a low point of George W. Bush's presidency. Barack Obama was elected president three years later, in 2008, and served from 2009 until January 2017. Just so we're all working from the same facts.
Just to make sure this is clear: Katrina happened in 2005. Obama became President in 2009. pic.twitter.com/J4zps97NXI
— JenAshleyWright (@JenAshleyWright) August 30, 2017
This has apparently been a thing on social media since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last Friday. For some reason.
Quick note about this bot thing happening. Multiple bots are saying "Trump is a better president. Obama was golfing during Katrina!" pic.twitter.com/ioVrUlY3lQ
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 29, 2017
Katrina: Aug 2005
Obama: Sworn in as POTUS Jan 20, 2009
Congratulations, you're officially the dumbest bastard on Twitter pic.twitter.com/ydJlZm1gVx
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) August 28, 2017
There was also at least one dig at Condoleezza Rice, Bush's secretary of state during Katrina, or as Bikergirl4trump identifies her here, Michelle Obama — who, again, wouldn't be first lady for another three and a half years.
Three days after Hurricane Katrina: Where was Michelle Obama? pic.twitter.com/hjwhsxHdq5
— Bikergirl4trump (@TrumpResponders) February 23, 2017
Other than shaking their heads, people with a grasp of recent history had some clever retorts:
— Andrew James Gregor (@andrewjgregor) August 30, 2017
And explanations for why this easily debunked falsehood matters:
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) August 25, 2017
And, well, friendly advice?
MAGAs who think Obama was president during Katrina ...
Just delete your account. I mean this kindly.
— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) August 29, 2017
None of this is helping Houston or other Harvey-hit areas of Texas and Louisiana. Surely, Obama's to blame. Peter Weber