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Newt Gingrich, in his continuous quest to pursue volatile racial politics, recently went after President Obama, referring to him as the “food stamp” president. The truth is that Gingrich is wrong – more Americans were put on food stamps under President Bush than President Obama. This is just the latest in a set of lies by the right wing that have caused concern about their return to racial politics.
According to Factcheck.org:
Newt Gingrich claims that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He’s wrong. More were added under Bush than under Obama, according to the most recent figures.
But Gingrich goes too far to say Obama has put more on the rolls than other presidents. We asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition service for month-by-month figures going back to January 2001. And they show that under President George W. Bush the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million. Nothing before comes close to that.
And under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million. To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama’s time in office than during Bush’s.
The economic downturn began in December 2007. In the 12 months before Obama was sworn in, 4.4 million were added to the rolls, triple the 1.4 million added in 2007.