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This from the president who, during the campaign, said he would meet with rogue leaders, including Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But that was before he made things even worse in the U.S. economy with his trillion-dollar bailout. Now, left with no domestic accomplishments, Mr. Obama is looking to run against a do-nothing Congress while touting his foreign policy and anti-terrorism successes (watch for commercials of Mr. Obama and Osama bin Laden, coming soon to a TV set near you).

Mr. Obama is no Truman. And next November, as he’s spackling nail holes at the White House hoping to get back his security deposit after he moves out, the amateur president will learn from another Truman aphorism: that the buck really does stop at the White House desk.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at