President Obama is emulating former President George W. Bush’s reelection argument to voters from 2004: Be patient and give me more time.

Bush prevailed by using this argument against Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) when the subject was the Iraq War.

Obama is asking for patience on the economy — turf less likely to foster stoicism or a sense of shared national sacrifice — and he is doing so in the wake of three ‘wave’ elections in a row, in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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