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If only Barack Obama were president.

In addition to making him president, we should also give his Democrats control of both chambers of Congress for at least two years of his administration so that he can fix all these grave problems he has identified in his book.

Now, we have a president who has decided to bring a “responsible end” to the war in Afghanistan by keeping 9,800 U.S. troops there.

The soft-headed absurdity was not lost on even the president himself. “It’s harder to end wars than to begin them,” he explained limply.

That is president-speak for, “You started it first.” It is a sly way of blaming his predecessor.

If the price of greatness is responsibility, as Winston Churchill said, then we have neither today. But at least things aren’t as partisanly toxic around here any more.

If only Barack Obama were president.

Charles Hurt can be reached at and on Twitter @charleshurt.