Appearing on the David Letterman show Tuesday night, President Barack Obama responded to Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded “47 percent” video. Obama said that thought Americans may disagree about many things, no one should question anyone else’s patriotism.
“This is a big country, and people disagree a lot,” President Obama said. “But one thing I’ve never tried to do, and I think none of us can do in public office, is suggest that because somebody doesn’t agree with me, that they’re victims or they’re unpatriotic.”
But back in 2008, the then senator held a very different view. While campaigning in Fargo, ND on July 3, 2008, then Sen. Obama said “The problem is is is that, the way Bush has done it over the last eight years, is to take out a credit card from the ‘Bank of China,’ in the name of our children, driving up our national debt, from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents, number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are gonna have to pay back. $30,000 for every man woman and child. That’s irresponsible! It’s unpatriotic!”
On President Obama’s watch, the United States has not had a national budget in more than three years. The national debt has gone up more than $5.4 trillion on his watch, and surpassed the $16 trillion milestone while the president and his party held their convention in Charlotte a few weeks ago.