East Coast Pummeled by 5.9 Quake! More “Bad Luck,” Mr. President?

By John W. Lillpop

Just as Barack Obama was putting the finishing touches on his “Plan” to point the U.S. economy in the direction of recovery after nearly three disastrous years of ObamaNomics, a moderate earthquake struck the East Coast, adding credence to Obama’s “bad luck” defense of his leadership.

As reported at the reference, in part:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington.

Obama and many of the nation's leaders were out of town on August vacation when the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The shaking was felt on the Martha's Vineyard golf course as Obama was just starting a round.

Reached at the 19th hole of the Martha’s Vineyard links, the president said the following (satire):

This natural disaster is just the latest in a string of ‘bad luck’ incidents which have hampered my strategy for recovering from the Bush recession. Other bad luck includes the earthquake-tsunami in Japan, the financial meltdown in Europe, and the terrorist attack on the US economy by right-wing nut balls in the Tea Party.

Let me be clear. I am committed to restoring financial sanity to our great nation once the East Coast stops quaking and the Tea Party is sent packing!

And so it is as the president resumes his work on jobs and his golf game at Martha’s Vineyard!