The U.S. economy was roundly criticized Friday after offensive images of itself surfaced on Twitter.
One post depicted more Americans standing in line at unemployment offices, an image coinciding with a report of more jobless claims last week. The government reported that the jobless rate edged up to 9.1% in May.
Another image released Thursday showed a graph depicting the debt ceiling that the federal government ran into recently. Unless Congress votes to allow more borrowing, the U.S. could default on its debt.
Democrats and Republicans quickly responded.
“Images like these are unwelcome and disturbing and do nothing to raise the level of discourse in this country,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “We don’t need to be reminded that our president is doing a crappy job of creating jobs.”
“The economy needs to be mindful that we live in a digital age where the general public has access to these sorts of images,” said House Majority Leader John Boehner, (R-Ohio).
It is unclear whether the economy will resign.