Fighting for re-election, President Barack Obama is playing down his historic health care overhaul and the multibillion-dollar recession-fighting stimulus — two landmark efforts of his first three years in office. Those signature policies are unpopular, and voters clearly want the candidates to focus instead on jobs.
Dealing with a slow-moving economy, Obama is imploring voters to stick with him through tough times while promising that better days lie ahead — with him, not Republican foe Mitt Romney. The selling of Obama's first term, however, isn't so simple.
The president can't tell voters about a grand economic comeback story because there isn't one to tell.
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