This weekend was a perfect example. Absent the President going on, the networks should have either demanded Vice President Biden come on and explain the Administration's position, or an official of the Administration - not an official of the campaign.
Remember, this "woe to state and local workers" business came a few days after public service unions were handed their lunch pails by the voters in Wisconsin who handily beat back a recall challenge to Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Walker had the - dare we say it - audacity to tell public workers they were making more than their private sector neighbors, they had better benefits and more job security, and that wasn't fair to the folks who were paying the bills.
The unions set off on a year-long tantrum to toss Walker out of the statehouse, but … they lost.
Obama's "private sector is doing fine" gaffe was not the only problem he had last week. Bill Clinton - who is supposed to be helping Obama - said that those "Bush-era" tax cuts should be extended for all Americans - even the wealthiest, assumedly because the private sector is not doing fine.
According to the DailyBeast.com
"The former president said on Tuesday he supports the extension of his successor's tax cuts-a major break from President Obama's position. In an interview with CNBC, Clinton said temporarily extending the Bush tax cuts is "probably the best thing to do right now" to jump-start the economy."
Clinton, after suffering that moment of clarity in thinking, walked back his comment on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer saying he was mistaken in when the tax increase would hit. He thought they needed to be acted upon before the election, instead of before the end of the year.
It is not clear to me why that makes any difference as to the tax rates' effect on stimulating or further stalling the economy, but there you are.
"The private sector is doing fine" might not be the determining gaffe in this campaign, but it does show that as far as Obama is concerned, the bloom is off the prose.