For President Obama and his aides, the question is not “are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

The question is: Remember how bad the economy was when Obama took office in January of 2009?

“We were this close to a Great Depression, and because of the leadership of this president we staved that off,” said senior adviser David Plouffe on ABC’s This Week. “We’ve clearly improved from the depths of the recession.”

Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod, who was asked the ‘are you better off’ question on Fox News Sunday, cited statistics — 29 straight months of job growth, 4.5 million private sector jobs created on Obama’s watch.

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