President Obama’s news conference Friday on jobs and the economy offered the American public nothing new. He blamed the Congress and Republicans specifically for our woes.

The president’s remarks on the economy and Congress echo President Truman’s on the ‘Do-Nothing’ Republican Congress. On the surface, the two are in very similar situations: there is a weak economy, the president is less than popular, it is an election year, and he resorts to blaming the House, which the other party controls. However, the central difference is that Truman matched his rhetoric with action, while Obama, so far, has not.

President Obama also reiterated, a number of times, that we need more public sector hiring. The private sector is fine, the president said, but more jobs need to be created in state and local government.