But Mitt Romney has continued to press Obama on the issue, saying repeatedly on the campaign trail that "the context was worse."
“What he said was not a gaffe,” Romney said while campaigning in Iowa last month. “It was not a slip of the tongue. What he said was his philosophy. He said that if you have a business, you didn’t build it, someone else did that.”
Republicans have turned "We built that" into a rallying cry on the trail, and the Romney campaign has featured a series of videos featuring small-business owners hitting Obama over the comments. During the Republican National Convention, an entire evening was organized around the theme, featuring small-business owners speaking and Republican politicians mocking the remark.
But Obama said in the interview Wednesday he had worked to help small businesses — and despite Republican taunts, Americans were better off than four years ago.
"We are absolutely better off than we were when I was sworn in and we were losing 800,000 jobs in a month," Obama said.