Senator Obama in 2006 when the debt ceiling was at $8,965 billion or 64.2% of GDP:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
And of course as a standup and incorruptible agent of change, President Obama in 2011 (via spokesperson), with a debt ceiling at $14,294 billion or 92.1% of GDP:
Obama “thinks it was a mistake,” presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “He realizes now that raising the debt ceiling is so important to the health of this economy and the global economy that it is not a vote that, even when you are protesting an administration’s policies, you can play around with.”
Ah, the idiocy of politics in all its beauty …
I wonder if this is the kind of “CHANGE” he was talking about all along. ;)