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Obama: 'The Economy's Gotten Better Than It Was When I First Took Office'--Really?


Quick question: Is the economy in better shape than it was in 2009? President Obama has an answer. According to him, "yes."

Obama made the statement Wednesday during an Illinois town hall, telling the crowd that the economy has gotten better since he took office (and citing private-sector jobs):

We thought we'd take a look at that claim and the economy over the last two-and-a-half years. And here's what we found:

And those are just a few of the stats. If we were the fact-check site Politifact, we might grade this claim as "pants on fire."

(H/T: Greg Hengler)

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