By Jordan Fabian - 07/01/11 01:55 PM EDT
Senate Republicans on Friday said President Obama should look in the mirror before questioning their work ethic.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP's campaign arm, released a Web video that spliced images of Obama playing ping pong, drinking beer in Ireland and hitting the golf course over audio of him lashing out at congressional Republicans Wednesday for not working hard enough to hammer out a debt-reduction deal.
"Actions speak louder than words," the ad says.
"I think the best way to get an appointment with the president is to set up a tee time," said Sen. John Thune (S.D.).
"They’re in one week. They’re out one week. And then they’re saying, ‘Obama’s got to step in,’ ” the president said at a press conference on Wednesday. "You need to be here. I’ve been here. I’ve been doing Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Greek crisis and — you stay here. Let’s get it done."
Obama on Friday is meeting with senior advisers before leaving for Camp David in the afternoon for the July 4 weekend.
The House has been on recess for the past week, and the Senate is in pro-forma session on Friday. Senate Democrats on Thursday canceled a planned recess, and all senators will report back to the Capitol on Tuesday.
Lawmakers face an Aug. 2 deadline to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling.