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What Obama could pick up from Wilson

One lesson would be in how not to build a new world order the way Wilson did in 1918-1919; another would be in how not to manage his relationships with Republicans.

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The missteps by president Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) make for a cautionary tale for Mr Obama (above), whose affordable healthcare law is in danger of being scuttled.

IF it were possible, US President Barack Obama might like to have paid a courtesy call on former US president Woodrow Wilson, in order to avoid making the same mistakes that the earlier president had made in foreign and domestic affairs, and to take away two crucial lessons.

Firstly, how