Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner mocked President Barack Obama's assertion that the country was "better off" now because of actions his administration took.
An incredulous Boehner, asked Wednesday about the president's answer to a question about the status of the economy, raised his voice and replied, "Are you kidding me?"
"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?" Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.
During an interview on Tuesday with a reporter from Minnesota television station WCCO, Obama was asked if he believed the country was "better off" than it was four years ago, and he maintained it was because of policies he put in place.
"I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that we took," the president said.
But Obama also conceded there was much more work to do, adding "I don't think the country is stronger yet then it was when the economy was still booming and we didn't have the Wall Street crisis, and we didn't have the housing bubble burst. But, we've made steady progress; we just need to make more."