“Most people don't need to read the morning papers or wait for the monthly jobs report to know that they're struggling,” said McConnell from the Senate floor.

“No amount of speeches, however carefully crafted to appeal to the anxiety of the moment, will convince them that some politician here in Washington, from the president on down, has the solution,” he continued. 

McConnell then went on to suggest the White House’s surprise decision over the weekend to abandon plans to tighten Bush-era ozone standards would do more to stimulate the economy than anything Obama could say.

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“The truth is president Obama did more for jobs last week by himself on a single government-imposed regulation than he's done in every speech he has given put together,” he said. 

The minority leader acknowledged that Congress is also unpopular with the American people. 

“I don't think any one of us is under any illusion that the American people were particularly eager to see us come back, and who could blame them?” asked the minority leader. 

Prior to McConnell’s speech, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTo Build Back Better, we need a tax system where everyone pays their fair share Democrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda MORE (D-Nev.), by contrast, suggested he was looking forward to the president's speech, and accused McConnell of focusing on defeating Obama in the 2012 presidential election rather than repairing the economy. 

“As my friend said, his number-one goal is to defeat president Obama,” said Reid. “[W]ith that as the number-one goal, it makes it very difficult to get things done around here.”