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A 'Fine' Mess. Even Obama Loyalist Winces at Obama's Take on Private Sector

When Jared Bernstein, Vice President Biden's former top economist, began reviewing notes of President Obama's press conference on Friday, he stopped cold when he read "the private sector is doing fine."

"It caught my eye," Bernstein told National Journal. Bernstein immediately fired off an email to the intern who took the notes to make sure it was accurate and not a rough or garbled translation. "I thought, 'Did he really say that?'"

To his dismay, the intern wrote back that those were Obama's words. Verbatim.

"I think he misspoke," Bernstein said.

Asked would he have winced if he'd still been in the White House, Bernstein said: "I winced having not been in there."        


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