Unemployed Americans do not find a joke President Obama cracked about the economy earlier this week to be funny, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (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.”

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McConnell was referring to a crack Obama made earlier in the week in which he noted that some construction projects in the 2009 stimulus bill that were supposed to begin immediately have yet to materialize.

"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 BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (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.