What do you do when the defining event of your presidency is the passage of a massive health care overhaul that bears your name, is wildly unpopular, and was passed into law without receiving a single vote from the opposing party? If you’re President Obama, you don’t abandon your well-worn strategy of trying to shift the blame. You merely focus on someone who’s more vulnerable to your efforts.

The Hill reports:

“In an interview with Public Radio International that was released Thursday, Obama attacked his likely GOP opponent in the fall, Mitt Romney, on the subject of healthcare, an area that could be a weakness for the Republican front-runner.

“Obama said the law Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts was a model for his federal law, and accused the Republican of ‘pretending’ he came up with a different plan.

“‘We designed a program that actually previously had support of Republicans — including the person who may end up being the Republican standard-bearer and is now pretending like he came up with something different,’ Obama said.”

The Hill concludes that “[t]he strong words likely foreshadow the arguments Obama would make in the fall against Romney.”

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