Down from the mountaintop: Obama says God wants people back at work

President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Key Bridge, which spans Arlington, Va., and Washington, on Nov. 2. / AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Urging Congress again to pass a portion of his jobs bill, President Obama claimed Wednesday that God is on his side.

Mr. Obama was standing at the D.C. side of the Key Bridge, calling attention to America’s crumbling infrastructure and the need to put more construction workers back on the job. He criticized House Republicans for ignoring his legislation while approving a measure that reaffirms “In God We Trust” as the national motto.

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

He added, “There’s work to be done, there are workers ready to do it.”

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