I happen to think that Dean Baker answered it best...its a stupid question to begin with.
Suppose your house is on fire and the firefighters race to the scene. They set up their hoses and start spraying water on the blaze as quickly as possible. After the fire is put out, the courageous news reporter on the scene asks the chief firefighter, "is the house in better shape than when you got here?"It is unserious reporters who ignore the fact that our economic house was on fire when President Obama took office and that his first job was to put out the fire.
Now, as the blaze has been put out, we need to start talking about how we can re-build again. Instead, the Republicans keep trying to throw gasoline and matches around the place so they can blame the fire chief for not putting it out sufficiently.
The real question is whether or not the American public is going to throw the arsonists out of office so we can get on with the task of re-building.