Obama: Washington Has ‘Taken Eye Off’ The Economy

CBS DC

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Seeking to build momentum for looming fiscal fights, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast himself as the champion for middle class Americans struggling to make ends meet. He chided Washington for having “taken its eye off the ball” and declared that the economy would be the “highest priority” of his second term.

Obama, in an hour-long address that was at times deeply partisan, also accused Republican lawmakers of succumbing to “an endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals.” He said gridlock had only gotten worse since his re-election.

“I am here to say this needs to stop,” Obama said in a speech at Knox College. “This moment does not require short-term thinking. It does not require having the same old stale debates.”

Obama, as he often does when criticizing Washington, glossed over his own status as the inhabitant of the city’s most powerful…

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