The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a research briefing Friday knocking President Barack Obama for referencing a character from MTV's "Jersey Shore" show. 

Republicans argued Obama should strike a more serious tone in the midst of a struggling economy that has been slow to recover from a crippling recession.

The RNC's release is titled "LESS GTL, MORE GDP MR. PRESIDENT," referring to an acronym characters use on the show that stands for "gym, tan, laundry."

On Friday, Obama is appearing at Chrysler and General Motors auto plants in Michigan, making the case that the government bailout of the companies helped save them and stabilize the economy. 

The release came on the same day second quarter gross domestic product came in at 2.4 percent growth, which was less than economists had expected. 

"What’s clear is that while the president took bold action to pull our economy out of the ditch that Republicans had left it in, the GOP sat on the sidelines playing political games that didn’t do a thing to help American families. So, thanks, but we’ll pass on advice from a party that spent more time helping the Southern California sex club economy than the American economy at large," responded DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.  

During a speech before the National Urban League on Thursday, Obama said "I was on the 'The View' yesterday, and somebody asked me who Snooki was. I said, I don't know who Snooki is."

Republicans also pointed out that Obama made a joke about Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi during his comedy routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner earlier this year. 

A Democratic aide also points out that, last month, the RNC endorsed Snooki's stance against the tanning bed tax in the healthcare law to criticize President Barack Obama. 

The committee's official Twitter account retweeted this message from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "RT @SenJohnMcCain: @Sn00ki u r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama's tax/spend policy is quite The Situation. but I do."

This post was updated at 2:28 p.m.