Guess Who Voted Not to Raise the Debt Ceiling
Only irresponsible Sarah Palin-like Tea Party members of congress would vote against raising the debt ceiling, right? Right. Tea Party types like Barack Obama, that is.
Upon casting a vote against raising the debt ceiling in 2006, Mr. Obama said, in part: "America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."
Insisting that "the full faith and credit of our government and our economy was not in doubt" in 2006, Gibbs said Mr. Obama had used to vote "to make a point about needing to get serious about fiscal discipline" and was "sending a message."
Today, however, "it's important for Congress...not to play politics with this, not to play games; to find a way to raise that debt limit," Gibbs said.
They love to game us.
As a reporter pointed out, the Senate in 2006 only passed the debt ceiling measure 52 to 48, a relatively close outcome. "Well, we've had closer," Gibbs quipped.