In the year 1027 King Canute commanded the seas to stop rising, to show his subjects that there are limits to his power.
Fast forward to Barack Obama, 2008. He was certain that he slowed the rise of the seas in 2008.
I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal
- Barack Obama June 3rd, 2008
The chart below shows how he did.
Obama was as successful as King Canute, but the difference is that Canute knew exactly what he was doing, while Obama is delusional and clueless.
And Canute was actually a king.