It was the GOP which featured a rolling debt clock at its national convention, but it was just an hour before the Democrats dropped the gavel on their gathering Tuesday that the Treasury Department announced that the debt had topped the $16 trillion mark.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 4, 2012
The national debt passing $16 trillion is the latest reminder we need to rein in spending. That’s why I support a Balanced Budget Amendment.
— Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown) September 4, 2012
The national debt has just passed $16 trillion under President Obama. We need to be serious about spending cuts before it's too late. #tcot
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) September 4, 2012
With $16 trillion in federal debt, it’s time to address the serious fiscal challenges we face and stop spending money we don’t have.
— Eric Cantor (@RepEricCantor) September 4, 2012
— Senate Republicans (@Senate_GOPs) September 4, 2012
— Rep. Bill Huizenga (@RepHuizenga) September 4, 2012
Sea of red ink covering people in the Democratic National Convention logo is perfect -national debt passed $16 trillion for first time today
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) September 4, 2012
We did it! We did it!! We finally topped 16 TRILLION in debt!!! Oh wait….this is not the goal. #wakeupamerica
— Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey) September 4, 2012
Obama has been President for 1.6% of the time since we declared independence. He has incurred 33.6% of our total debt. #dnc
— STU BURGUIERE (@WorldOfStu) September 4, 2012
Our National Debt just topped $16 Trillion dollars?!? If America was my teenager, I think I'd have to take away his credit card! 🙂
— Dan Schneider (@DanWarp) September 4, 2012
$16,000,000,000,000 is a big number but remember, Obama says he needs four more years to finish the job he started! #Forward
— Kevin Eder (@keder) September 4, 2012
People on food stamps reaches new record of 46.7 people and we now have $16,000,000,000,000…..Panic?
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 4, 2012
— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) September 4, 2012
— Teri Christoph (@TeriChristoph) September 4, 2012
— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) September 4, 2012
Apologists for the administration were quick to follow their leader and set the blame elsewhere.
****** Folks out here trynna make my president look stupid like he put the country in 16 Trillion $ worth of debt on his own !
— Female Problems ° (@ATypicalFemale) September 4, 2012
Sooo the 16 Trillion Dollar deficit is supposed to be all Obamas fault? Republicans are funny! Let's go back to the Bush era when it started
— Royce IG= RoyceReed (@Roycelr) September 4, 2012
Go back to the Bush era? Can we do that?