then Bush is responsible for the recession that ended in June 2009! Per Rex Nutting, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree. In the 2009 fiscal year the last of George W. Bushs presidency federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. Check the official numbers at the Office of Management and Budget. Obama spending binge never happened - Rex Nutting - MarketWatch OKEY DOKEY! Bush's fault means his reckless spending ENDED the recession Congratulations Bush... OBAMA... you had NOTHING to do with it!!! However, the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated the the trough of the downturn occurred in June of 2009 Again.. can't have it both ways Dems!!!