Harvard Historian: Obama is ‘Felix the Cat,’ ‘Black’ and ‘Very Lucky’

August 11, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The British Financial Times published a pompous and bloated, 1,404 word opinion piece on Monday, penned by Niall Ferguson, the Glasgow born Harvard Professor of history and business, which compared President Obama to the cartoon character, Felix the Cat.

Ferguson said that both President Obama and Felix the Cat are “black” and “…very, very, lucky.” Got that?

Ferguson’s entire article is based on the premise, that most, if not all, of President’ Obama’s accomplishments during his six months in office are based on “luck” and that a looming runaway deficit would soon be the death knell of the black cat’s luck.

“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,” wrote Ferguson.

Ferguson credits Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, for single-handedly “staving off depression,” but awards Obama a bronze medal for his successful stimulus bill, conceding “[c]redit where it’s due” Later in the article, Ferguson refers to Obama as “Felix the Prez.”

Ferguson ends his diatribe, still enamored with his Felix the Cat analogy, offering a bizarrely ghoulish warning to President Obama.

“Even Felix the Cat’s luck ran out during the Depression. His creator Pat Sullivan drank himself to death in 1933, baffled that audiences now preferred mice like Mickey and Jerry. President Obama should take note,” Ferguson wrote.

Perhaps, Professor Ferguson is overdue for a summer break?


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