When you were a kid did your parents or grandparents ever say to you, things were a lot harder when we were kids? Mine certainly did, I have even caught myself saying that to my kids from time to time.

President Obama in a speech on Thursday said the U.S. has lost some of its competitive edge and gotten a 'little soft.' Get the rest of the speech after the jump.

Mr. Obama, in an interview with WESH-TV in Orlando, Florida, said his administration has been tough on the country’s trading partners and tried to strengthen U.S. manufacturing.

The President has faced heavy criticism for his handling of the economy, and the high unemployment rate that's standing at 9.1% .

Mr. Obama 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.

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