If the media were truly even-handed, this clip would get more play than the video of Mitt Romney’s inelegant answer to a question at a Florida fundraiser:
The president who, in his first days in office promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, says he doesn’t know how high the federal debt is today, unaware then that it increased by a greater amount in his three years and eight months in office than it did in his predecessor’s eight full years in office. Bear in mind that Obama called $9 trillion dollars in debt “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic“.
As per my previous post, this clip comes from John Hinderaker; in his commentary on the video, he called Obama “a world-class liar” adding that “we’d better hope he is a world class liar, because if he really has no idea what the national debt is, we are in even worse trouble.”
It really does seem that these seven words describe the incumbent, An Unserious President In Seriously Perilous Times.
FYI: Some people think that Obama said that Obama was responding to a question about what the debt was when h took office. I heard it as Letterman asking about the debt today.*
Hayes concludes his piece, “There are dozens of interesting questions of Obama and his campaign for reporters curious enough to ask them.” Read the whole thing. In this post, I mock the president for his cluelessness; Hayes takes apart his argument bit by bit.
UP-UPDATE: Here’s your answer, Mr. President, $16,015,769,788,215.80. At least that’s what it was two weeks ago:
The United States Treasury reports that the total public outstanding debt is: $16,015,769,788,215.80. This is the first time in American history debt has eclipsed the $16 trillion mark.
*Stephen Hayes was also confused:
Letterman’s question wasn’t precise. Was he talking about the debt as it registered on the debt clock at the Republican convention? Or, picking up on Obama’s answer, when Clinton left office? When Obama came to office? The question was ambiguous, but Obama, rather than clarify, simply chose not to answer it.