Want to know what’s wrong with America? In the President’s weekly video statement, Obama blames congress for blocking common sense measures that would have created jobs and helped the economy grow.
“These are common-sense ideas. Ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans. The only thing holding them back is politics. The only thing preventing us from passing these bills is the refusal by some in Congress to put country ahead of party. That’s the problem right now. That’s what’s holding this country back. That’s what we have to change.”
President Obama recently finished a brief tour through the mid-west and is now vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. Obama is expected to unveil a new jobs plan when he returns to Washington, but during Saturday’s address, he stuck to familiar themes about recovering from the recession.
“We’re coming through a terrible recession; a lot of folks are still looking for work. A lot of people are getting by with smaller paychecks or less money in the cash register,” President Obama said. “So we need folks in Washington — the people whose job it is to deal with the country’s problems, the people who you elected to serve — we need them to put aside their differences to get things done.”
Here’s the video of Obama’s address. You can read the transcript here.