Former Bush senior adviser Karl Rove flubbed the facts when making an argument against the Obama administration's economic agenda, wrote Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on Friday.
In an op-ed piece appearing in Friday's Washington Post, Axelrod issued a take-down of the man who held his position in the previous administration for arguing that the Obama White House will increase the debt exponentially faster than President George W. Bush did, among other criticisms.
"There's an old saying that everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts," Axelrod wrote. "The next time Karl Rove would like to offer us some advice, I'd urge him to take that to heart."
Rove, in an item in last Sunday's Washington Post, claimed that Obama would run up more debt by Oct. 2010 than Bush did in his eight years in office.
Axelrod said that claim caught his eye because of "its sheer audacity and shamelessness."
The prominent push-back from the White House comes as Democrats are set to begin the year by pushing a new jobs bill through Congress and rein in the federal budget deficit, which ballooned to $1.4 trillion in 2009.
Since entering the White House, the Obama administration has repeatedly accused its critics of being factually incorrect in an aggressive fashion through talk-show appearances, newspaper op-eds and the White House's official blog.
Obama's senior adviser used much of his column inches to defend high-profile items on Obama's agenda from 2009, such at the economic stimulus bill and healthcare reform legislation.
Republicans have criticized the stimulus bill for failing to spur job growth, citing the president's claim that the bill would keep unemployment at under 8 percent. They also say that the approximately $800 billion healthcare bill will bust the budget even more, but Democrats say it will rein it in over the long-term.
Axelrod also attacked the Bush administration for leaving Obama a $1.3 trillion deficit and $8 trillion in projected shortfalls as well as a struggling economy.
"To put the breathtaking scope of this irresponsibility in perspective, the Bush administration's swing from surpluses to deficits added more debt in its eight years than all the previous administrations in the history of our republic combined," he wrote.