. You get that most presidents also don't embark on massive spending increases in their first year in office, right? That's where the argument fails.
Right, hence the asterisk. That whole stimulus thing was out of the ordinary, so they corrected the number in that case to correct for it, increasing his numbers.
When Obama took the oath of office, the $789 billion bank bailout had already been approved. Federal spending on unemployment benefits, food stamps and Medicare was already surging to meet the dire unemployment crisis that was well underway. See the CBO’s January 2009 budget outlook.
Obama is not responsible for that increase, though he is responsible (along with the Congress) for about $140 billion in extra spending in the 2009 fiscal year from the stimulus bill, from the expansion of the children’s health-care program and from other appropriations bills passed in the spring of 2009.
Or am I missing something?
If anything they should probably point out that the Bush administration dialing down the Iraq war helps make Obama look good?
That monster in the mirror, he just might be you. -Grover