“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. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
To be fair, that was what he said back in 2006, when he was a Senator from a fly over state with less than one year on the job. Perhaps he was just dangerously incompetent. On the other hand, there was a Republican in the White House back then, so perhaps he was just being the hyper-partisan political demagogue that he has proved himself to be time and time again. On the gripping hand, it probably is both.
The Washington Post had an article that brought up this quote in the context of the current debt limit debate. It said that Obama’s rhetoric then would be considered “a bit Tea Partyish” today. Spin the standard media bias out of that statement, and it is more than a “a bit.” The article also gives Obama an upside down Pinocchio for his current stance. In their rating scale, that is “A statement that represents a clear but unacknowledged “flip-flop” from a previously-held position.”