The smoke-and-mirrors attempt by Pres. Barack Obama to make it seem as though all 43 presidents before him – including Pres. Ronald Reagan – are crawling from their graves to stand in his corner in the debt ceiling debate would be great satire if it were not actually happening.

Like clipping letters from magazines to paste together a ransom note, Obama has been doing some fancy quote-lifting from past tenants of the office he now sits in. But the same presidents whose words are being twisted by “44” may have the last say in the debt ceiling debate courtesy of a video produced by House Republicans. The Gipper gets to speak for himself and if one presidential opinion on budget philosophy is not enough, Thomas Jefferson gets his licks in as well.

Take a look:


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