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President Obama vs. Sen. Obama

"The past is always an occupational hazard for presidents, who find themselves disowning statements they made when they were candidates or legislators embroiled in partisan fights," the Washington Post reported. "But (President) Obama seems to have gotten himself into unusually hot water this year." It noted how both Democrats and Republicans are citing statements Obama made as a senator that contradict his current positions as president. For example, Obama opposed raising the debt ceiling when he was a senator and was a strong defender of the War Powers Act, which lawmakers now say he is violating in Libya. The flip-flopping can work both ways, of course. For example, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was a critic of the War Powers Act before Obama became president.