President Obama took the opportunity during his weekly address to pat himself on the back for his accomplishments in his self-proclaimed Year of Action -- and said he could even do more if it weren't for those pesky Republicans.
Touting the addition of 273,000 jobs last month and raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, Obama took credit for "creating more jobs and opportunity for hardworking families." (He did forget to mention that 800,000 people "left" the work force last month.) The president of "I" continued:
I said that in this Year of Action, whenever I can act on my own to create jobs and expand opportunity for more Americans, I will. And since January, I've taken more than 20 executive actions to do just that.
I acted to raise more workers' wages…
I acted to encourage more pay transparency…
And I'm modernizing regulations…
I've launched new hubs to help attract more high-tech manufacturing jobs...
In the spirit of Al Gore, Obama said he was even responsible for connecting more classrooms to the Internet. And then he pointed out, "You can check out the full list at whitehouse.gov."
It seems as though Obama is proud of his record but still found a way to blame Republicans for getting in his way to do more. Of the GOP, he said:
Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. They've said 'no'…'no'… and 'no.'
... We could do a lot more if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck in favor of those at the top, and more interested in growing the economy for everybody.
Did the president miss an opportunity to bring up Obamacare? No! He said:
They've now voted more than 50 times to take apart the Affordable Care Act — imagine if they voted 50 times on serious job bills.
Even though Obama mentioned the resistance he has encountered at the hands of Republicans, he did not seem too concerned with them as he marches headlong into his Year of Action. He declared:
I'm going to take action on my own whenever I can. To grow our economy from the middle-out, not the top down. To give every American who works hard a chance to get ahead.
That's what this Year of Action is all about, and that's what I'm going to keep fighting for.