“It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president,” the AP writes. “A day after he kicked off the tour in Illinois and Missouri, Obama was traveling Thursday to a seaport in Jacksonville, Fla., to yet again deride the wide gulf between his vision for a new American prosperity driven by a burgeoning middle class and the intense gridlock snarling up Congress.”

Said Obama: “Here’s the thing: It will be a pretty good speech. But as we've learned, I've given some pretty good speeches before and then things still get stuck here in Washington. … Which is why I'm going to need your help.”