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The GOP has blocked Obama at every turn

I find it interesting - and more than a little disingenuous - that Robert Samuelson, in his syndicated column of Sept. 11 ("Are you better off now?"), seems to place all the blame for what he suggests is a failed recovery on President Obama.
Has Samuelson forgotten that at every turn, a thoroughly ornery and obstreperous wing of the opposition - reinforced by the 2010 midterm election, which returned control of the House back to Republicans - has sought to thwart and obstruct the president - to such a pass that Moody's, last summer, downgraded the credit rating of the United States, citing political paralysis in Washington, D.C.? The list of their antics is long and tiresome.
Much of this is detailed in a new book by Robert Draper, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives." He charges that from the moment Barack Obama took office, Republicans plotted to sabotage his presidency, even though the nation faced its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Let's hope that come November, the voting public has a better memory than Samuelson.
Douglas Aerie
Buffalo