Anyhow, back to my point...
The 2009 deficit is Bush's, not Obama's. And the same accounting applies to every Presidential term in that the first year belongs to his predecessor.
When a President takes office, a majority of the deficit for his first year is due to things that occurred the year before.
Obama has actually decreased the deficit by a higher percentage than any President in over 60 years if you consider the actual deficit that was handed to him.
Also what is the number attributed to the recession for loss of tax revenue? Isn't it 380 billion?
Compare this to a store manager taking over a store. For that next month, the orders have already been made, contracts signed, utilities already used, advertizements already purchased. The expenses for his first time period are already set in stone by his predecessor.
Government works in a similar way, only it is done by years instead of months.
Bush increased the deficit handed to him.
Obama decreased the deficit handed to him.
Now if you wanted to say, "That was Congress, not Obama", I would not argue with you.