The Washington Times - November 2, 2011, 09:37AM

President Obama, who startled some observers a month ago by saying Americans were not better off under his leadership, has taken another stab at the question.

“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,” Mr. Obama told a Minneapolis television reporter Tuesday during a round of interviews at the White House.

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It was a different twist on the same question posed to the president last month. On Oct. 3, when asked whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago, Mr. Obama replied: “Well, I don’t think they are better off than they were four years ago. They’re not better off than they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through.”

At the time, one newspaper said Mr. Obama had just given Republicans “a convenient sound bite for next year’s election.”