Barack Obama Slams Congress in ‘Angry’ Speech

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Johnson Controls Inc., an advanced battery facility, in Holland, Michigan, August 11, 2011. Obama takes his fight against high unemployment on the road Thursday, highlighting a Michigan firm that makes batteries for hybrid vehicles to tout his green energy jobs plan. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: JIM WATSON/2011 AFP

On the same day as a Republican presidential debate, Barack Obama showed himself off in reelection mode in Michigan, delivering an "angry speech" to auto workers, the New York Times reports, blaming Congress outright for the recent economic woes. The president said Washington, D.C., has been home lately to the "worst kind of partisanship, the worst kind of gridlock," which "made things worse instead of better." Obama called on lawmakers to "to put country ahead of party," and explained that he will not call Congress back from recess because they should be hearing from their constituents about their recent behavior. "There's nothing wrong with our country," Obama insisted. "There's something wrong with our politics." Ahead of what's guaranteed to be an Obama slugfest in Iowa tonight, consider this his preemptive strike.

Obama Criticizes Congress in Speech to Auto Workers [NYT]
Obama in Michigan [Politico]