While acknowledging that presidents have limited influence on the economy, Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson gave President Obama a C-plus on his handling of the economy. He said Obama deserved an A-minus for his first six months in office, when he and Congress worked to keep the economy from going over the cliff. But for Obama’s remaining time in office, Samuelson gave him a C-minus or D. He faulted Obama for shifting focus to health care reform, which Samuelson said fanned policy uncertainty and undermined recovery. “His mistake was assuming he could pursue his political agenda without compromising the recovery,” Samuelson wrote.
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