Obama, Truman, and the 'Do-Nothing' Congress
December 27th, 2011
05:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Truman, and the 'Do-Nothing' Congress

Washington (CNN) - Dust off the Truman playbook.

After a year of repeated partisan showdowns between the White House and Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama appears ready to hit the campaign trail in 2012 with congressional Republicans firmly in his sights - a reprise of Harry Truman's 1948 come-from-behind strategy against Tom Dewey and the "do-nothing" 80th Congress.


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  1. Woman In California

    Obama 2012 because there are NO others.

    December 27, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    It won't work Obummie. You had huge majorities in the House and Senate for 2 years. You still control the Senate. Your policies are off the wall and against the will of the people and have been slowed down when the Repubs won the House and got increased membership in the Senate 2011. The House has slowed downed your stupid policies and that is why you are crying. Obummie you are not a leader, just a dividing whining, splinelineless complainer who has no idea how to run this country and get anything done. Even though we have an ever increasing welfare state, which Obummie has put on steroids, the dumbocraps will lose in 2012. True Americans want a paycheck not handouts which is promoted by Obummie and his socialist government.

    December 27, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Mikey

    Do nothing Congress is right. Although totally nothing would be better than the harm the House is doing by pushing through rediculous bills that have no chance of ever becoming law or are just silly.

    Was it really important to "reaffirm" that our motto is "In God we Trust"? Really? It's staying that way, even though the original "E Pluribus Unum" is a better representation of America and the founders original intent.

    December 27, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Slim

    Obama is a pestilence. He is so arrogant it is beyond comprehension. Next he will say he invented the internet and compare himself to Jesus. He must be daft. The Senate has not put forth a budget in 1000 days and is basically worthless while the House has done the yeoman’s work while being constantly blocked by the worst President of my lifetime. If he thinks it’s bad now he definitely does not want a 2nd term. I plan to give more in political contributions than the last 3 years combined.

    December 27, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    I am very proud of the fight Speaker Boehner and the Republicans in the House are making for the American taxpayer. This article has an awful bias by someone who apparently has a very strong liberal agenda.

    The House forced a recently unheard of effort in cutting government spending as part of the raise in the debt ceiling. This was a clear and obvious success on behalf of working Americans across the country. Our debt is going into the stratosphere and we voted in 2010 to do something about it. They showed up and have done great work for us! Work that actually had results. Results are much better than excuses.

    December 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Comparing Obama to Harry Truman is like comparing Reverand Wright to the Pope!

    December 27, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBP deathcult and its refusal to care for the needy instead of the greedy, along with its unwillingness to ask the filthy rich to share a single sacrifice with the rest of us, has provided President Obama and the Dems with plenty of ammo.

    December 27, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Emperor Vadik, CA

    Call them like you see them Barack...

    ...remember some of you folks, and especially you Republicans, you wanted the GOP to say NO to everything Obama did...

    ...now there will be consequences...

    December 27, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Congress would have been better if it had actually done nothing. The Republican effort to obstruct progress was the most destructive thing possible. They actually wanted our country to fail so they could make political progress. It's the single-most un-American political act I've ever witnessed in my life. I will never seriously consider a Republican candidate again.

    December 27, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |