Our President is Like a Lucky Black Cartoon Cat

So sayeth Niall Ferguson of the Financial Times...

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A take on Ferguson's clever thoughts from Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Via Fallows, Niall Ferguson has taken to calling Obama, "Felix the Prez." I'll allow the Harvard professor to explain why:

"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."

I'm sure Ferguson has the sort of brain-power that could extinguishes galaxies. I read this lede, and said to myself "I shouldn't be so offended, so politically correct, that I don't actually read the guys column.

I don't think that was a smart decision. I found the piece to basically be a long-winded concern-troll. And then it ends with this:

"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."

Right. Obama should take note. From a cat. Because, you know, the cat is black too. Like Obama.