Top Republicans took strong exception Saturday morning to President Barack Obama's weekly address, admonishing the president to stop complaining.
Republicans shot back at Obama's weekly address, in which he struck a partisan chord and went after Republicans for obstructing a number of items in his agenda, including a bill to extend unemployment and other benefits, which stalled in the Senate on Thursday.
“The American people are looking to Washington Democrats - including the President - for leadership on tough issues like jobs and spending, not complaints," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in reaction to the address.
Obama called for "a willingness to score fewer political points so that we can start solving more problems" among Republicans, especially in a planned bipartisan meeting on Wednesday at the White House to try and reach consensus on an energy and climate bill.
Among those to bear the brunt of Obama's criticism were Senate Republicans, who have used their 41-vote bloc in the Senate since January to force concessions and slow down movement on a number of top pieces of legislation, threatening filibuster otherwise.
Republicans also pointed out that, on nominees, they haven't been the only one to raise objections to passing some of Obama's nominees. An aide pointed to an objection Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) made in late May when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to move the Senate into executive session to consider a number of nominees.
McConnell also rejected Obama's criticism of his conference for sustaining a filibuster of the extenders package.
"Americans want us to show we’re serious about lowering the debt, so the President and his allies in Congress have a choice to make: they can either vote to reduce the deficit, or they can lock arms and dig an even deeper hole of debt when most Americans think $13 trillion is far too much already," McConnell said. "The choice isn’t between passing a bill or not—it’s whether or not we add tens of billions more to the debt in the process.”
McConnell will appear on "Fox News Sunday" this weekend, too, where he'll more than certainly have more to say in response to the president's address.
Updated 9:40 a.m.