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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 11/02/2011

John Boehner on whether the country is better off under Obama: ‘Are you kidding me?’

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had some choice words Wednesday morning when asked whether Americans are better off now than they were before President Obama took office.


House Speaker John Boehner (R) participates in his weekly media briefing at the U.S. Capitol, on October 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. Speaker Boehner urged the Senate to approve what he called the forgotten 15 house passed jobs bills. (Mark Wilson - GETTY IMAGES)
“Are you kidding me?” Boehner said at a news conference with other House GOP leaders.

“Why don’t you go ask the 14 million Americans who are out of work whether they’re better off today than they were four years ago?” he added.

Boehner’s remarks came in response to a reporter’s question about an interview Obama gave on Tuesday to a CBS affiliate.

The CBS reporter had asked Obama whether the country was better off now than it was four years ago.

Obama responded, “Well, you know, I think that we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn’t taken all the steps that we took.”

It’s worth noting that Obama’s response was focused on where the country would have been now if his agenda had not been carried out, not on where the country was four years ago.

House Republicans at their Wednesday news conference also renewed their call for the Senate to take up House-passed bills that the GOP says would create jobs.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fired back in floor remarks Wednesday that Republicans are holding up job creation by opposing a Senate Democratic infrastructure package that would be paid for by a surtax on the very wealthy.

“My Republican colleagues say they oppose this plan to hire hundreds of thousands of construction workers and rebuild our nation’s collapsing infrastructure because they believe the wealthiest Americans can’t afford to pay a few pennies more,” Reid said Wednesday morning.

The measure is due up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday.

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