Obama: American People Have No Patience with Washington ‘Shenanigans’

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama, on a campaign-style bus tour of the U.S. Midwest, says politicians should not “play games” with the economy when there are so many people in the country without jobs.

Mr. Obama was speaking at a so-called town hall meeting at a farm in the state of Iowa Monday evening. He said the American people have no patience with what he called Capitol Hill “shenanigans,” and he challenged opposition Republicans in Congress to compromise on an economic agenda.

The president's three-state bus tour is aimed at answering his Republican critics who say he is doing little to pump life into the ailing U.S. economy. He is on the road after spending much of the summer in Washington caught up in bitterly partisan negotiations on the debt crisis that hurt his approval ratings and also those of members of Congress.

Mr. Obama spoke earlier Monday in the state of Minnesota, saying the nation's biggest challenge is putting people to work. He added that everyone needs to “do a little bit more to get this country back on track.”

The president's bus tour comes with unemployment more than 9 percent and a new Gallup poll giving him a 39 percent job approval rating. The White House says participants at the town halls include business owners, families and farm groups.

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama will be in his home state of Illinois.