Boehner on Obama's Claim Americans Are Better Off Now: 'Are You Kidding Me'

November 2, 2011 - 5:59 PM

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House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) expressed incredulity when he was asked at his press briefing Wednesday about the affirmative answer President Barack Obama gave this week when he was asked if Americans were better off now than they were four years ago.

“Are you kidding me?” Boehner said. “Why don’t you go ask the 14 million Americans who are out of work whether they’re better than they were four years ago?”

On Tuesday, a reporter at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, a local CBS affiliate, asked Obama: "Are we better off now than we were four years ago?"

“We are better off now than we would have been if I hadn’t taken all the steps that we took,” said Obama.

“I don’t think the country is stronger yet than it was when the economy was still booming and we didn’t have Wall Street crisis, and we didn’t have the housing bubble burst. But, we’ve made steady progress; we just need to make more.”