October 29, 2011
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama occupies the most powerful political office in the world, but when it comes to managing the economy he — and his predecessors — are more impotent than many Americans believe.
It is a truism of American politics that the president carries the can.
Whether it is a war going sour or a roaring legislative victory years in the making, as the sign on Harry Truman’s desk put it: “The buck stops here.”
Unfortunately for Barack Obama, the buck is stopping at 9.1 percent unemployment, record national debt and a measly growth rate of 2.5 percent.