Video: Obama Blames Congress, Echoing Bush

As President Obama tries to claw his way to a second term during dismal economic times, some observers are comparing him to President Truman, who faced, and overcame, a similar challenge. Obama's recent finger-pointing toward Congress also brings to mind another man-in-trouble from our political history: President George W. Bush.

Obama's speeches on Monday at town-halls in Minnesota and Iowa sounded a lot like Rose-Garden remarks that Bush made during a press conference in April 2008. Like Obama, Bush's job approval had just hit an all-time low. And like Obama, he was having trouble getting economic initiatives passed by a divided government -- both the House and the Senate were controlled by Democrats. So how did Bush and Obama deal with these obstacles? By blaming Congress.

Watch to see how the two presidents expressed similar frustrations with the politicizing of the legislative process in Washington.

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Theresa Poulson is a multimedia editor for National Journal.

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