By Alexander Bolton - 06/08/12 04:28 PM EDT
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellIran and heavy water: Five things to know Overnight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday pounced on President Obama’s assertion that the “private sector is doing fine” one week after a report showed the economy created only 69,000 jobs in May.
McConnell criticized Obama for telling reporters Friday that public sector layoffs were most responsible for sluggish job growth.
Obama told reporters earlier in the day that Congress should pass stimulus legislation to help local officials keep police officers, firefighters and teachers employed.
“Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in — in dealing with fewer revenues coming in,” he said.
McConnell said Obama himself is responsible for the fragility of the economic recovery.
“Whether the President wants to acknowledge it or not, we are now living in the Obama Economy, and no ‘post-it note’ proposal can reverse the damage done by his policies over the past three and a half years,” he said.