When Jared Bernstein, Vice President Biden’s former top economist, began reviewing notes of President Obama’s press conference on Friday, he stopped cold when he read “the private sector is doing fine.”

“It caught my eye,” Bernstein told National Journal. Bernstein immediately fired off an email to the intern who took the notes to make sure it was accurate and not a rough or garbled translation. “I thought, ‘Did he really say that?'”

To his dismay, the intern wrote back that those were Obama’s words. Verbatim…

“It’s not manna for Republicans,” Bernstein said of Obama’s comment. “The way a gaffe sticks is when a gaffe sticks with someone’s world view, when they fit with a narrative. This gaffe doesn’t fit with the narrative. The president has said over and over he doesn’t believe private sector job growth is strong enough.”