I've heard it many times before but I heard it again today--Barack Obama was dealt a bad hand when he became President.
The analogy is not accurate. When someone is dealt a bad hand, it means they did not know what cards they were going to get. Barack Obama knew precisely what he was getting in to when he became President.
A better analogy would be someone who takes someone else's place at the table. He sees the hand he is going to take over and determines--before he even sits down at the table--that he can win with that hand.
Obama knew the terrible hand that Bush was passing off to the next President and yet Obama promised the American people that he could win with that hand.
Obama had both houses of Congress on his side for the first two years of his presidency. They followed his program precisely. Far from turning a bad hand into a winning hand as he promised--He turned a bad hand into a catastrophe that just keeps getting worse!