On Saturday, President Obama spoke to an audience of CEOs during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Honolulu. During his remarks, he asserted that America has been “lazy” about attracting foreign business and overseas investment in the United States. USA Today reports:
The U.S. is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world, Obama said, "but we've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades."
"We've kind of taken for granted (that), well, people will want to come here, and we aren't out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America," Obama said.
Obama said he has assigned federal officials to work with state and local governments to help attract foreign investors.
While it is unclear whether President Obama is talking about the United States government or American businesses, his comments are generating controversy. Gail Gitcho, who works for Mitt Romney's campaign as his communications director, attacked the President for his seemingly insensitive remarks.
"President Obama continues to blame Americans for his own mishandling of the economy,” she said. “Most recently, he has called us ‘lazy,’ and has previously said ‘we lost our ambition’ and we are ‘soft.’ The American people are not lazy, Mr. President – but this White House has been lazy and soft, unable to do anything to turn the economy around."