Obama Channeling Truman

October 7, 2011 - 4:10 AM
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 1948, file photo, President Harry S. Truman holds up an election day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which, based on early results, mistakenly announced "Dewey Defeats Truman." "If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress," President Barack Obama said Oct. 6, 2011, at a White House news conference. "If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them. I think the American people will run them out of town." Obama's message is straight out of the playbook of Truman, who overcame a midterm drubbing by Republicans and assailed a "do-nothing" Congress from the back of a campaign train to win another term in 1948. The comeback was epitomized by a jubilant Truman hoisting a copy of the paper. (AP Photo/Byron Rollins)