The Washington Times - July 14, 2009, 09:30PM

President Obama, who has made a regular habit of blaming the country’s economic woes on his predecessor President George W. Bush, traveled to hard-hit Michigan on Tuesday and said he wants to own the economy.

“I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, well, this is Obama’s economy,” Obama said.


“That’s fine,” he said. “Give it to me.”

The crowd at Macomb Community College, in Warren, MI, applauded as the president continued.

“My job is to solve problems, not to stand on the sidelines and harp and gripe,” Obama said. “So I welcome the job.  I want the responsibility.”

Obama was in Michigan, which has been hit with 14 percent unemployment, to talk about the need for 5 million additional community college graduates by 2020, which he says will help blue-collar workers transition into more knowledge-based jobs.

Later in the day, at the Major League Baseball game, Obama joked with Fox broadcasters Tim McCarver and Joe Buck that he could not afford to bail out the National League, which has not won an All-Star game since 1996.

“We’re out of money,” the president said.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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