As of Thursday, August 30, 2012, the national debt stood at $15,990,541,092,391.91. It grew from $15,976,519,029,144.14 the previous Thursday, or $14,022,063,247.77. If the national debt grows by the same amount in the next week, it will stand at $16,004,563,155,639.68, topping $16 trillion, on the night that President Obama accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second term in office; such would be fitting indeed.
You can click on the icon in this post, or in the right-hand sidebar, for the national debt to the penny, direct from the Department of the Treasury.
Remember the guy on the right? I wonder whatever happened to him?