President Obama hailed the “extraordinary sacrifice” of government bureaucrats Tuesday, blasting “a political climate where folks too often talk down government for cheap applause.”
Speaking to a gathering of some of the best-paid and most senior civil servants in Washington, Obama bemoaned that “Americans don’t trust government like we used to.”
In an apparent swipe at congressional Republicans, the president said the eroding trust could be partially attributed to “a very deliberate strategy of trying to undermine government” and “political opportunism” from “those who think the market is king and there isn't any room for regulatory efforts.”
The president also criticized media coverage of the civil service, saying the federal government rarely garnered coverage when things were going well.
“Doing your job right often means nobody hears about you,” Obama said. “They only report when something goes wrong, or when there's a shutdown and somebody notices, ‘Oh we need that.’ ”
“It’s easy copy for the press to focus on the one thing that goes wrong instead of the 99 things that go right,” he added.