The purpose of the Obama Debt Clock is to inform the public of the rapidly rising debt of the Federal government. It’s that simple. This is not a tool that was designed for targeting the current administration’s policies.

Total US debt has become such a large figure that individuals seem to be dismissing its importance. By highlighting the change that has occurred in a shorter time frame, the time frame representing the administration of the 44th president, it is easier to take notice of just how much the debt has risen.

The information collected to present the debt clock comes from a range of government sources, including the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and the Budget and the U.S. Census.

The starting point of the Obama Debt Clock matches the date the 44th president took office, the rate of increase is calculated based solely on government supplied actual revenue and spending figures.