Unemployed Americans do not find a joke President Obama cracked about the economy earlier this week to be funny, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor on Wednesday.
“He joked about the wildly mistaken predictions he and others at the White House made a couple of years back about the job-creating potential of the stimulus,” said McConnell. “Well, I don't think the 14 million Americans who are looking for jobs right now find any of this very funny.”
"Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected," said Obama, to laughter.
In the battle between congressional Republicans and Democrats to place blame for a series of bad-news numbers that have emerged on the economy this month, McConnell was not the first to criticize Obama for his joke.
"He's a couple of years behind the rest of America," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). "But it's refreshing that the president himself is now acknowledging the failure of his stimulus program."
In his morning floor speech, McConnell also employed a new line Republicans are using to label Democratic efforts to restore the economy.
“Indeed, I think there is a growing consensus out there that far from improving the economy, the president has made it worse,” said McConnell.