Barack Obama vs Homer Simpson: Advantage Homer

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Barack Obama vs Homer Simpson: Advantage Homer

My lat­est piece for Watch​dog​.org: Is Pres­i­dent Obama ‘pulling a Homer’ on energy, or is he smarter than that? is now up:

“To pull a Homer”: to suc­ceed despite idiocy.

In “Homer Defined,” a 1991 episode of The Simp­sons, the Spring­field nuclear power is going into melt­down. Homer Simp­son (the inept lead char­ac­ter of the series) man­ages to save the day by choos­ing the right but­ton to pre­vent the meltdown.

He is cel­e­brated as a hero until it’s revealed that his choice of which but­ton to press was just pure incom­pe­tent luck (eeny, meeny, miny, moe). This coins the term “pulling a Homer,” whereby a per­son with­out wis­dom or skill suc­ceeds in spite of their own incompetence.

This is an excel­lent illus­tra­tion of what has hap­pened with the econ­omy, both over the last six years and in the past two months of the Obama administration.

Has Barack Obama suc­ceeded, and if so why does he com­pare unfa­vor­ably to Homer Simp­son? Well you’ll have to go to Watch​dog​.org to find out

My latest piece for Watchdog.org: Is President Obama ‘pulling a Homer’ on energy, or is he smarter than that? is now up:

“To pull a Homer”: to succeed despite idiocy.

In “Homer Defined,” a 1991 episode of The Simpsons, the Springfield nuclear power is going into meltdown.  Homer Simpson (the inept lead character of the series) manages to save the day by choosing the right button to prevent the meltdown.

He is celebrated as a hero until it’s revealed that his choice of which button to press was just pure incompetent luck (eeny, meeny, miny, moe).  This coins the term “pulling a Homer,” whereby a person without wisdom or skill succeeds in spite of their own incompetence.

This is an excellent illustration of what has happened with the economy, both over the last six years and in the past two months of the Obama administration.

Has Barack Obama succeeded, and if so why does he compare unfavorably to Homer Simpson?  Well you’ll have to go to Watchdog.org to find out