Confused? Don’t be. First, the CNS write-up:
(CNSNews.com) – Although the national debt under President Barack Obama has increased $4 trillion since he took office in 2009, as a presidential candidate in 2008 Obama criticized then-President George W. Bush for adding $4 trillion to the national debt, saying it was “unpatriotic” and also “irresponsible” to saddle future generations with such a large national debt.
“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child,” Obama said on July 3, 2008, at a campaign event in Fargo, N.D.
“That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic,” said candidate Obama.
However, in less than three years in office, Obama has driven up the national debt by $4 trillion himself.
Here’s video of then-candidate-for-President Senator Obama slamming Bush on the national debt issue:
I’m trying very hard here to figure out whether or not there is anything this guy said on the campaign trail about his political opposition that he has not done a complete 180 on since he was elected. Nope. Nothing comes to mind.
Peter Kirsanow quips:
Is [Obama’s raising the national debt by $4 trillion] irresponsible? Is it unpatriotic? Or do the new rules regarding civility in public discourse render such questions (especially when uttered by Tea Partiers/terrorists) irresponsible and unpatriotic?