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Obama's Tough Slog Toward Election Day

By Dick Polman, Philadelphia Inquirer - July 3, 2011

When President Obama remarked at his news conference Wednesday that the economy "is a tough slog," yet insisted that "we still are moving forward," I had an attack of deja vu. Obama sounded a lot like George W. Bush talking about Iraq. And we all know what that slog did to Bush's domestic political fortunes.

But the current slog is a lot worse. When Iraq was truly a mess, the average American didn't feel or experience it. The recession, on the other hand, feels deeply personal.

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