The national debt hit $19.5 trillion for the first time ever this week, a little more than seven months after it hit the $19 trillion mark.
The debt clocked in at $19.51 trillion at the end of Wednesday, the Treasury Department reported Thursday afternoon. Precise debt figures on any given day are released on the following business day.
The national debt hit $19 trillion for the first time ever on Jan. 29.
When President Obama took office in early 2009, the total debt was $10.63 trillion, which means it has almost doubled under his watch.
The Congressional Budget Office reported in August that the debt-to-GDP ratio will match levels not seen since 1950 by the end of the current fiscal year.