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Niall Ferguson writes:

President Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat. One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black. He was also very, very lucky. And that pretty much sums up the 44th president of the US as he takes a well-earned summer break after just over six months in the world’s biggest and toughest job.

Above that is a picture of a happy Obama walking through a devastated landscape. The caption reads, "Felix the Cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat! Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks!"

Incidentally, this wasn't some ill-conceived blog post. It was a column in the Financial Times. And it's not as if that ... unfortunate opening precedes some brilliant argument. Instead, we get "six months in, Mr Obama still has the look of a lucky, two-term president. But that could change if voters become even more disenchanted with the legislative branch and start blaming the president for the looming fiscal train-wreck." Yep! If things change, then they will be different.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
 
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Yeah, what a lucky dog--inheriting the worst economic crisis in half a century, two wars he didn't start, and an opposition seemingly incapable of coherent debate.

Posted by: edwardlahoa | August 11, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Niall Ferguson is allegedly brilliant.

I've read several of his articles, and... well, he must be a great speaker.

Posted by: TheodoreLittleton | August 11, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Niall fergusson is an apologist for empire, privelege and ensuring people know their place. He thinks he's an economist but really all he's done is produce increasingly bad historical reszearch.

He also felt that voting for MCcain was the only way to handle Iran and all those dirty evil freedom hating Iranians (what a cretin, history will prove him an imbecile)

I watched a presentation he did on evolutionary models of the the ecomomy which lacked any real insight and after some promising moments ultimately went nowhere and turned into friedmanesque apologism, where he largly missed the point on all the arguments he attempted to make before ending on a note of All Hail Thatcher and Reagan.

He is disingenuous in the extreme, and his philosophy is vile. How this collosal twit keeps getting exposure for any of his retarded ideas I don't know.

Oh wait, is it that moneyed interests make sure their apologists are well taken care of?

Posted by: rjohnson2842 | August 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show that a British accent is all it takes to make people think you're smart...

Posted by: davestickler | August 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe no one has commented on the blatant racism in this snippet: I believe Felix the cat was "black" in the sense he was drawn in that color (or lack thereof), not that he is African-American. Barack Obama is not black-colored; he is just a little browner than me. Am I wrong on this?

Posted by: Chaz1961 | August 11, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Ferguson is actually a pretty good historian (albeit a conservative one and a Brit - of course nothing wrong with either!), and should perhaps stick to his metier. Oddly enough, according to Wikipedia, one of his kids is called Felix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall_Ferguson)!

Posted by: stolberg1 | August 12, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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