Yesterday, during a picturesque event at the Georgetown Waterfront Park beneath the Key Bridge that spans the Potomac River, President Obama drew attention to congressional inaction on his most recent economic stimulus proposal, which includes money for infrastructure such as the Washington area’s rundown bridges.

Quoting Ronald Reagan and invoking Abraham Lincoln, the president needled Congress for spending its time debating symbolic measures rather than substantive ones.

Turning to Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., Obama said, “In the House of Representatives, what have you guys been debating? John, you’ve been debating a commemorative coin for baseball? You had legislation reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto? That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

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