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Four Years Ago

by Jay Nordlinger
Obama, and Biden, in debate

Every four years, we have presidential debates, and it’s that time again. How about a glance back, at a handful of things from 2008? Barack Obama was very, very fluent against John McCain. Seldom has there been a more polished talker on our national stage.

In the three debates, Obama came off as quite conservative, in almost every area. He decried an “orgy of spending and enormous deficits.” He said, “When President Bush came into office, we had a budget surplus, and the national debt was a little over $5 trillion. It has doubled over the last eight years. And we are now looking at a deficit of well over half a trillion dollars.” In 2012, after four years of Obama, the debt is about $16 trillion, and the deficit is almost $1.2 trillion.