Thu Jul 25, 2013 AT 12:42 PM EST
President Obama sought to resuscitate his second-term by pivoting back to the economy, an issue a majority of Americans feel most acutely in their daily lives, reports Politico. Reuters reports Obama suggested new and additional spending on infrastructure and education were needed to boost the economy. But beyond blaming Republicans for general obstruction, the speech broke little new policy ground, according to the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Obama did find time to advance and lament the notion that typical Americans had been left behind by globalization, Wall Street irresponsibility and Washington policies, while suggesting the richest Americans got richer, reports the New York Times. He declared it “my highest priority” to reverse those trends, while accusing other pols of making it worse.