"We've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades," Obama said last weekend at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hawaii. He was speaking to American CEOs about American businesses “tak[ing] for granted [that] people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America."
Obama also said, "There are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity: our stability, our openness, our innovative free-market culture."
Romney’s campaign accused Obama of blaming Americans “for his own mishandling of the economy” in a press release after the event, and Romney attacked Obama's use of "lazy" in a speech the following week.
“Sometimes I just don’t think that President Obama understands America,” Romney said at a campaign stop in South Carolina. “He said that Americans are lazy. I don’t think that describes Americans.”
Perry’s response was even stronger, attacking Obama in a Web video that his campaign plans to air on national TV.
"Can you believe that? That's what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic,” Perry says in the ad.
“Rick Perry and Mitt Romney apparently don’t think the president should encourage CEOs to promote the United States abroad in order to create American jobs and attract investment at home,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in response to the attacks.