Obama in September, 2013:
Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times,
does not increase our debt.
The difference is, now he's the President, and under his administration, the national debt has increased from $10.5 trillion in November of 2008 to over $16.9 trillion today, some $200 billion over the current "ceiling," - but through accounting sleight-of-hand by the Treasury, it's been "officially" stuck at $16,699,396,000,000 since mid-May, an interesting tidbit the MSM hasn't found interesting enough to comment on.
It's like they're protecting him or something.