The Republican National Committee released a web video Tuesday showing Senator Barack Obama calling $4 trillion in new debt “unpatriotic” in 2008.
On July 3, 2008 — the day before Independence Day — Obama said “driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars to $9 trillion is irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” But under Obama’s watch, Republicans note, that very debt has risen another $5 trillion.
The RNC video asks, “If $4 trillion was unpatriotic, what do you call adding $5 trillion in just one term?”
Indeed, Obama has accrued more national debt than any one President in history.
House Speaker John Boehner has even characterized the president’s willingness to raise the debt ceiling, without cutting spending, as “breathtaking.”