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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Morning Bits

President Obama and his foreign policy advisers deplore the mass murder in Syria . They will tell you it isn’t his fault there is no response beyond words. “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the mass murder ‘unconscionable.’ Pulling out all the stops, she grumbled, ‘We have to reiterate our unity, we have to send a clear message to other nations that are not yet working with us, or even actively supporting the [Bashar al-]Assad regime, that there is no future in that. And indeed planning for an orderly transition will be an important step.’”

The president says it isn’t his fault. “Policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic, facing sharp political divisions, are failing to take the ambitious steps that economists say are vital for stabilizing Europe’s economy and assuring healthy growth in the United States.”

The White House spinners will assure us it isn’t his fault. “The U.S. economy is not doing fine. Not in the private sector, and especially not in the public sector. President Obama was wrong to say otherwise – that the private sector is fine – last week. Mitt Romney was wrong to suggest laying off teachers and firefighters hasn’t hurt. And congressional Republicans are wrong to say the whole situation would improve if we just had more ‘certainty’ around taxes and regulations.”

Obama will tell us it isn’t his fault. “Divisions in the Democratic coalition have burst into view, endangering both President Obama and his party colleagues in Congress as November’s election nears. Fissures have opened over everything from tax policy and former President Bill Clinton’s off-message comments to recriminations following the party’s fiasco in the Wisconsin recall, which some say should have been avoided. Democrats disagree over the wisdom of Obama’s attacks on Republican Mitt Romney’s private equity background at Bain Capital and are split over the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s vast oil sands.”

The opposition is racist. It isn’t his fault. “Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, argued that President Obama has struggled during his first term due to racially-motivated opposition from conservatives who dislike having a black president.”

The union bosses keep telling their members the rotten economy isn’t his fault. But a third of them have abandoned the president. “Union voters are substantially more likely to vote for Obama than for Romney, at a time when the overall race is essentially tied between the two major-party candidates. Still, a little more than a third of union workers support the Republican Romney — despite evidence of strong union support for Democratic candidates, including Milwaukee Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost his bid to oust Gov. Walker in Wisconsin last week.”

The wall-to-wall coverage of the president’s press conference remarks isn’t his fault, says Jay Carney. “Carney to reporters: ‘You all ought to do your jobs.’ ”

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