McLean, Virginia (CNN) - His car wasn't moving Tuesday, but President Barack Obama was gunning for Republicans.
After testing a car simulator at a research facility here - an experience he equated to stepping into "Knight Rider" - the President let loose on GOP lawmakers, saying his opponents were standing in the way of any legislative fixes to the country's problems.
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"The American people have to demand that folks in Washington do their job," he said. "Do something: That's my big motto for Congress right now. Just do something."
Despite his rebukes, Obama grudgingly acknowledged House Republicans had accomplished one thing - passing a measure that would keep money flowing to road and bridge projects when current funding dries up next month.
The plan, expected to pass the House Tuesday, would supply nearly $11 billion for transportation projects, enough to last until roughly next summer. Obama said he'd support the measure.
The President has been calling on Congress to develop a plan to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, which relies on a gas tax to finance road and bridge construction projects nationwide. The House measure is a far less ambitious proposal than the $302 billion package Obama offered earlier this year, which would pay for transportation projects by closing tax loopholes.
"All this does is set us up for the same crisis a few months from now," Obama said during remarks at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, attended by about 150 employees of the facility.
"Congress shouldn't pat itself on the back for averting disaster for a few months, kicking the can down the road for a few months, careening from crisis to crisis when it comes to something as basic as our infrastructure," he said.
Earlier, during a tour of the facility, Obama stepped into the driver's seat of a simulator meant to demonstrate the types of "smart" vehicles being developed at the center, located minutes outside Washington.
He's taken test drives as president before, but the President – who hasn't been behind a steering wheel regularly since taking office - said the experience made him a little queasy.
"I think I had a little bit of a lead foot - I was starting to hit 90," he told a crowd afterwards.
Luckily for GOP lawmakers, the car wasn't headed in their direction. Obama, as he has during recent speeches, mocked his opponents on Capitol Hill for bringing a lawsuit alleging he's overstepped his constitutional bounds by taking executive actions.
"Their big idea has been to sue me. That's what they're spending time on - a political stunt that wastes America's time and taxpayer dollars," he said.
"I'm not interested in playing political games."