Bill Clinton's comments quickly attracted scrutiny from conservatives and criticism from Hillary Clinton's Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Don’t know that I’d call President Obama's 72 straight months of job growth an “awful legacy.” https://t.co/GUzlY6Wp4h
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 22, 2016
A spokesman for Bill Clinton, Angel Urena, then clarified that the former president was referring to Republicans' attempts to block Obama from enacting his agenda.
"When Republicans controlled the White House, their trickle-down approach drove our economy to the brink of a collapse. After President Obama was elected, Republicans made it their number one goal to block him at every turn," Urena said in a statement, according to USA Today. "That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy, and the American people should reject it by electing Hillary Clinton to build on President Obama's success so we can all grow and succeed together."
Watch the clip from Bill Clinton's speech: