The historical contribution by president to the national debt can be found in several resources online. The Office of Management and Budget publishes a summary of receipts, outlays and surpluses or deficits for years 1789 through 2014, with projections through 2020.Continue Reading
There is more than one way to look at each president���s contribution, according to About.com. One method is to examine each year���s budget deficit. This is not necessarily the most accurate portrayal, however, as a president can make his deficit appear smaller by borrowing from one governmental source to bolster another.
A more accurate way is to look at how much the debt grew during a president���s administration. The important figures are the percentage increases from one administration to the next rather than a dollar figure. For example, Franklin Roosevelt���s $236 billion increase to the debt was far smaller than President Obama���s $6.167 trillion increase. However, Roosevelt increased the debt by more than 1000 percent over his predecessor, while Obama���s budget increased the debt by only 53 percent.Learn more about US History