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AP: It’s Obama’s Economy Now

I’m hip-deep in Sotomayor coverage, but when I come up for air after the hearings, this will deserve bigger scrutiny:

WASHINGTON – With four simple words — “Give it to me!” — President Barack Obama took possession of the economy.

For months, the White House and Obama’s economic team have laid the economic crisis at the feet of President George W. Bush. But there comes a point in a presidency when inheritance becomes ownership. Obama made that pivot Tuesday in Michigan, the state suffering the worst unemployment in the nation.

“I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy,’” the president said in a pointed deviation from his prepared text. “That’s fine. Give it to me!”

It was a defiant moment, reminiscent of Bush’s own “Bring ‘em on!” taunt in 2003 to militants in Iraq.

I think it’s safe to say Barack Obama doesn’t want anything he does compared to that moment by Bush.

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