Republicans are spinning remarks President Obama made at an economic forum in Hawaii Saturday to a group of chief executives, to suggest that he called the American people lazy. Mitt Romney claims the President “doesn’t understand America,” and Rick Perry joined in with a new television ad calling the President “pathetic.”
The President’s actual words:
“And there are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity: our stability, our openness, our innovative free market culture. But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted [that] people will want to come here, and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America … And we think that we can do much better than we’re doing right now.”
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney apparently don’t think the President should encourage CEOs to promote the United States abroad in order to create American jobs and attract investment at home. They have opposed the President’s efforts to create 2 million jobs now. Instead of laying out their own plan to get Americans back to work, they have endorsed a radical budget plan that would wipe out the investments we need to create jobs in programs like education, research and development, and clean energy and shift the tax burden onto the backs of the middle class and seniors.
The President’s words followed on this administration’s actions to strengthen the economy and get Americans back to work. Meanwhile, Republicans spend their time on name-calling and word-twisting: Oops.