Not really the way you want to start out.
Sept 15, 2004:
"The President's agenda that he has outlined for America is affordable, it's responsible and it's focused on meeting our highest priorities while reducing the deficit in half over the next five years."
Nov 18, 2004:
"The US Senate voted to raise the debt ceiling by 800 billion dollars to nearly 8.2 trillion dollars, allowing the US government to avoid the unwelcome prospect of running short of operating funds."
Not what you would call an auspicious beginning.