“So you’ve got a right to be frustrated. I am. Because you deserve better,” he said during his weekly address on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
“Members of Congress are at home in their districts right now. And if you agree with me — whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or not much of a fan of either — let them know.”
His remarks came more than one week after the credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, downgraded the United States ratings from AAA to AA+.
“Many Americans are hurting badly right now. Many have been unemployed for too long,” Obama further said.
“Putting these men and women back to work, and growing wages for everyone, has got to be our top priority,” he added.
He also said Congress needs to do more to address unemployment and other economic problems when lawmakers return next month from the annual August recess.
The US president also explained that the country’s political system needs to be fixed in order for the US to move forward.
“So while there’s nothing wrong with our country, there is something wrong with our politics, and that’s what we’ve got to fix,” Obama said.