President Barack Obama, with his sleeves pulled up, spoke to the workers in Holland, Michigan telling them that nothing is wrong with the country and instead blamed the present economic troubles to the political fighting in Washington. Mr. Obama is currently on a three-day “bus tour” in the American Midwest “listening” to ordinary Americans and their concerns for the economy especially on job creation.

As in previous occassions, Mr. Obama has once again urged the people to pressure their elected representatives in Washington to take legislative action to spur employment. Two weeks ago, Mr. Obama also used the same approach when the debt ceiling was nearing its deadline.

Congress eventually reached an eleventh hour deal but it did not stop the United States’ AAA credit rating from being downgraded by Standard & Poor’s for the first time in the nation’s history.

In his speech, Mr. Obama expressed his frustration with the gridlock and extreme partisanship that has caused the stalemate in Congress on key economic issues, holding back the country’s economic recovery and getting Americans back to work.

Earlier this week, the President urged Congress to act in extending the emergency unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut – both are set to expire by the end of the year – and free trade agreements with South Korea and two other Latin American countries. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that Mr. Obama is continuously discussing with his economic advisers about other plans to stimulate the economy.

Mr. Obama received some positive news before he spoke in Holland when first-time filers for unemployment benefits fell for the first time in four months, according to the Labor Department. The figure fell below 400,000 and stood at 395,000 beating economists’ estimates of 409,000.

However, Mr. Obama has received a lot of criticism for his apparent lack of leadership and specific plan to get the stagnant economy moving forward. His failed policies have been the center of discussion among Republican candidates in the recent presidential debate in Iowa.