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Back to Up to Us: NYU

By what amount has the federal debt increased under President Barack Obama?

  • $12 trillion (11% people answered this)
  • $5 trillion (57% people answered this)
  • $3.3 trillion (14% people answered this)
  • $1.7 trillion (16% people answered this)

42 people answered.


Correct answer is: $5 trillion

Contending with decreased revenue as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, President Obama already found himself in a hole. Adding to that the stimulus package, increased defense spending, higher mandatory entitlement payouts, and the Obama tax cuts results in more than $5 trillion being added to the federal debt under President Obama.


New York University is participating in Up to Us, a nationwide competition to educate and engage campus communities on the issue of our federal government’s long-term debt. NYU is competing with 9 other schools—such as Brown, Georgetown, and U Texas—to win this nonpartisan competition. First prize is $10,000 and the judging panel includes George Stephanopoulos, Chelsea Clinton, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.  Up to Us is a partnership between Net Impact, Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation ( If Up to Us: NYU wins, we will be donating the prize to charity, such as Food Bank of NYC or Hurricane Sandy relief.

Our campaign will kick off on 1/28. Keep an eye out for our tabling and programming events! Participate in our Great Giveaway to win prizes such as giftcards to your favorite local restaurants. 

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