Remember Harry Truman?  Barack Obama certainly wants to take a page out of Truman’s political playbook this year by running against a supposedly do-nothing Congress.  However, Obama seems to have forgotten that Truman could make that claim after proclaiming that “the buck stops here” for responsibility in his administration.  For Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline decision, the buck stopped at … Foggy Bottom:

Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.  As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied.  And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.

Politico reported that this was nothing more than transparent blame-shifting to Hillary Clinton, and even Obama’s White House told everyone that Hillary really had nothing to do with it:

There was puzzlement, bordering on disgust, in the West Wing on Wednesday at all the professions of shock and outrage at President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Um, … this came as a surprise to anybody?” said a person close to Obama. “There was never the slightest bit of doubt we were going to say no.”

So why hide behind Hillary’s skirts?  That may be a lot of things, but it’s hardly Trumanesque leadership.

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