ABC News’ Jake Tapper noted how President Obama has been invoking Bill Clinton’s era, even using words like “we” and “our plan” to speak of the 1990s economy. “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan – and it worked. That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election,” Obama told a California campaign crowd on Monday. Tapper wrote: “Essentially, within this construct, President Obama is trying to cast the choice voters face as Bill Clinton versus George W. Bush, with Bill Clinton’s economy as his, and George W. Bush’s economy as Mitt Romney’s. Clinton’s economy saw the creation of tens of millions of jobs, an economic boom and a projected federal budget surplus.” And now, unemployment is more than 8 percent and the economy continues to struggle. Tapper concluded: “This move is even more interesting (or galling, depending on your point of view) when one considers the attitude then-Sen. Obama showed Bill Clinton when he was locked in a tough primary battle against then-senator, now Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.”
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