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.
“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.”