In his July 24 letter [“Obama’s focus leaves a hazy picture”], Terrence H. Scout castigated The Post for reporting what he called old news about President Obama’s telling us that “he was focused like a laser on the economy.” Perhaps Mr. Scout should review similar statements by others.

To wit: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on May 10, 2012: “I’m going to stay focused on what the American people want us to stay focused on, and that’s jobs.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, on June 10, 2011: “Our new House Republican majority has been laser-focused on two fundamental and pressing issues, job creation and deficit reduction.” Mr. Boehner, after the 2010 midterm elections: “We are going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”

Rather than criticizing The Post for reporting “old news,” Mr. Scout and all Americans should be asking both parties, “Where are the jobs?” With all these unfulfilled promises, it’s no wonder that politicians are now less popular than colonoscopies.

Robert J. Krul, Brookeville

The writer is special assistant to the president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.