President Barack Obama opened his first major economic speech of the general election making light of his recent remark that the private sector is "doing fine."

"There will be no shortages of gaffes and controversies that keep both campaigns busy and give the press something to write about," Obama said to a crowd of roughly 1,500 in Ohio. "You may have heard I recently made my own unique contribution to that process. It wasn't the first time, it won’t be the last."

In the last week, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other members of the GOP leadership have seized on the president's comment in an attempt to paint him as "out of touch" with the economy.

Earlier this week, White House press secretary Jay Carney criticized reporters during the daily press briefing for missing the broader context of the president's point -- that since early 2010, the economy has gained about 4.2 million private sector jobs.

"You all ought to do your jobs and report on context," Carney said. "We're for truthful, factual, accurate reporting done in context."

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  • Julian Castro

    Mayor of San Antonio

  • Lynnette Acosta

    Organizing for America volunteer leader from Florida

  • Marc Benioff

    CEO of

  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

  • Lincoln Chafee

    Governor of Rhode Island

  • Ann Cherry

    Retired teacher, OFA volunteer leader from North Carolina

  • Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)

  • Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)

  • Bill Daley

    Former White House Chief of Staff

  • Maria Elena Durazo

    Executive Treasurer of LA. County AFL-CO

  • Sen Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)

  • Rahm Emanuel

    Mayor of Chicago, former White House Chief of Staff

  • Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.)

  • Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas)

  • Loretta Harper

    High school counselor, OFA volunteer leader from Nevada

  • Kamala Harris

    Attorney General of California

  • Sai Iyer

    Student at Virginia Commonwealth University, OFA volunteer leader from Virginia

  • Caroline Kennedy

    Author, President of John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

  • Eva Longoria

    Actress and philanthropist

  • Leisa Martin

    OFA volunteer leader from Wisconsin

  • Vashti McKenzie

    African Methodist Episcopal Bishop

  • Tim Miller

    Iowa Attorney General

  • Kalpen Modi

    Actor, Former White House Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement

  • Admiral John Nathman

    Retired Navy Admiral

  • Deval Patrick

    Governor of Massachusetts

  • Federico Pena

    Former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy

  • Elaine Price

    Retiree, OFA volunteer from Ohio

  • Penny Pritzker

    Founder and CEO of PSP Capital Partners

  • John Register

    Army veteran and paralympian

  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky

  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

  • Joe Solmonese

    President of the Human Rights Campaign

  • Alan Solow

    Partner at DLA Piper, past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (AP image)

  • Ted Strickland

    Governor of Ohio

  • Antonio Villaraigosa

    Mayor of Los Angeles