“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