Oh, so this is why we needed Obama so badly! To rescue us from our indolent selves! From CBS News:

President Obama said Thursday the United States “had gotten a little soft” before he took office and needs to regain its competitive edge in the global economy because opportunities for younger Americans are not as plentiful as they were for their parents. […]

[We need to make] sure that we’re revamping our education system, making sure we’ve got world class infrastructure, investing in basic science and research and technology, making sure that we are moving manufacturing back to the United States, and that we are being tough with our trading partners …”

“There are a lot of things we can do,” Mr. Obama added, “the way I think about it is, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge …”

And what a job President Obama has done in helping get us back on track.

“There are a lot of things we can do,” Mr. Obama added …

And what that might be? And what have YOU done to make it happen, Mr. Obama?

The UK’s Daily Mail calls out Obama on his B.S. in “Still making excuses: Obama blames economic misery on Americans getting ‘a little soft’.”

The Wall Street Journal weighs in:

The president has spent the last few weeks trying to garner support for his $447 billion jobs plan, which has faced resistance from Republicans, and some Democrats, because it would be paid for by ending a series of tax cuts.

In his interview Wednesday, Mr. Obama waded into local politics and national transportation policy, saying it was a “mistake” for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to cancel a planned high-speed rail line linking Tampa to Orlando.

The Obama administration had offered $2 billion to Florida to help build the railway, which was a signature of the president’s high-speed rail initiative. Mr. Scott rejected the funds amid concerns about the plan’s viability and the potential for cost overruns.

“Florida stood to make big gains and to create a lot of jobs down there…it was a mistake to turn that money down,” Mr. Obama said.

Of course, Jonah Goldberg adds his two cents in the American Spectator:

Interesting perspective. I wonder where America could have lost its competitive edge. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with a government that blows billions on green energy boondoggles while making it harder to drill for oil while trying to make electricity rates “skyrocket.” It couldn’t have to do with extending unemployment benefits to 99 weeks (and rising), or to bailouts or perhaps advice like this offered by Michelle Obama:

“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.” Faced with that reality, she adds, “many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management.”

Actually, Michelle Obama’s advice isn’t all that bad. We do need more teachers and nurses.

The problem I have with Michelle’s advice is that implicit in her statement is that young people will be making a financial sacrifice by choosing to be teachers or nurses. Actually, teachers and nurses make a very comfortable living, thanks to their strong unions. They also receive among the best health insurance and pension plans available. Teachers also receive more vacation time than any of the rest of the national workforce. And nurses? They are in such demand around the nation that they can practically name their salary and benefits. I’m sorry, but I don’t think that it is a major sacrifice to be a teacher or nurse.

But, back to Mr. Obama: It is astonishing that he dares to opine on America going “soft,” given his dismal track record and inability to provide the necessary leadership to turn the nation’s economic woes around.

The nerve of the guy …