Obama In 2008: Adding $4 Trillion To The National Debt Is “Unpatriotic”

Here’s a flashback to 2008 when then-candidate Obama told America from Fargo, ND that President George W. Bush and his fellow Republicans adding $4 trillion to the national debt was “unpatriotic.”

The problem? Well, in less than one full term, President Obama has already added more debt that Bush did during his entire 8-year term.

…in less than three years in office, Obama has driven up the national debt by $4 trillion himself.

According to Treasury Department figures the national debt was $10.62 trillion ($10,626,877,048,913.08) when Obama took office on January 20, 2009. As of August 22, 2011, the most recent date for which data are available, the national debt stood at $14.6 trillion ($14,612,435,498,338.62) and rising.
When Bush entered the presidency in January 2001, the national debt was $5.72 trillion ($5,727,776,738,304.64).

Due to the recent debt-ceiling deal, the national debt under Obama will exceed the current $14.6 trillion level, running up more debt in three years than his predecessor Bush accumulated in eight years.

Hope for change.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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