"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. ... Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
-- Illinois Senator Barack Obama, Senate floor speech, March 2006,
quoted by Paul Greenberg in Townhall.com.
My political science professor had the perfect explanation for the inconsistency between Obama 2006 and Obama 2011 in the first words she uttered in my first political science course at Ohio Northern University:
"Politics is all a matter of whose ox is being gored."