Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

As anyone who reads the news from multiple media outlets on a daily basis knows,

The Obama craze is still in full swing 100 days after his inauguration. There are the

basic articles about new policies,  the economy, and of course the new dog at the

White House.

 

What amazes me is the lack of articles discussing how the president has yet to keep

most of his campaign promises. 100 days into the Obama presidency we are still at war

in both Afghanistan, and Iraq with no plans of leaving in the future. In fact Obama

has continued to sent troops to war, instead of doing what he promised which was the

opposite. Does this anger anyone?  Wake up people and do your own research.

Thankfully some site are out there that do most of the work for us by keeping tabs

on what’s actually being done.

 

I also recommend that you watch The Obama Deception if you have not seen it yet.

 http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/

The Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

 

PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.

We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Other ways to browse the Obameter

RSS Obameter update RSS feed

 

Promises we’ve rated recently

Promise Broken

No. 511: Recognize the Armenian genocide

The Promise:

“Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Turkey’s slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. … as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

Update April 24th, 2009:

Armenian genocide not named in statement on the day of remembrance

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In the Works

No. 33: Establish a credit card bill of rights

The Promise:

The credit card bill of rights would “ban unilateral changes … apply interest rate increases only to future debt … prohibit interest on fees … prohibit ‘universal defaults’ (whereby a credit card raises its rates because the consumer was late paying a different creditor … require prompt and fair crediting of cardholder payments.”

Update April 24th, 2009:

Obama’s pushes credit card bill of rights

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In the Works

No. 28: Create a consumer-friendly credit card rating system

The Promise:

“The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will assess the degree to which credit cards meet consumer-friendly standards … (such as) the underwriting standards used to issue the card, the card’s interest rate spread between the introductory rate and the maximum rate allowed, and
transaction fees. … Credit card companies will be required to display the rating on all application and contract materials, enabling consumers to quickly understand all of the major provisions of a credit card without having to rely exclusively on fine print in lengthy documents.”

Update April 24th, 2009:

Obama hopes Congress will require credit card companies to make information understandable

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Promise Kept

No. 371: Fund a major expansion of AmeriCorps

The Promise:

“Will expand and fund AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots today to 250,000 and they will focus this expansion on addressing the great challenges facing the nation.” These additional slots will enable AmeriCorps to establish five new Corps: Classroom Corps to help teachers and students, with a priority placed on high-need and underserved schools; Health Corps to improve public health information and outreach to areas with inadequate health systems such as rural areas and inner cities; Clean Energy Corps to promote energy independence through efforts like weatherization, renewable energy projects and educational outreach; Veterans Corps to help keep America’s sacred trust with its veterans; and Homeland Security Corps to help communities plan, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Update April 23rd, 2009:

Obama passes Serve America Act

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In the Works

No. 391: Appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer

The Promise:

“Will appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.”

Update April 21st, 2009:

Obama names Chief Technology Officer

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In the Works

No. 481: Support airline service in small towns

The Promise:

Will support “the continuation of the Small Community Air Service Development Program that helps small and mid-sized communities attract new air service, which is critical to local economic development. Obama and Biden will work to improve the effectiveness of these programs and increase the availability of rail transportation options for residents of rural communities.”

Update April 17th, 2009:

More money in Obama’s proposed budget for rural airports

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No Action

No. 180: End warrantless wiretaps

The Promise:

“Barack Obama opposed the Bush Administration’s initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees to prevent future threats to the rule of law.”

Update April 17th, 2009:

Warrantless wiretaps back in the news

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Promise Broken

No. 24: End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000

The Promise:

“Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors — saving them an average of $1,400 a year– and will also mean that 27 million seniors will not need to file an income tax return at all.”

Update April 15th, 2009:

No proposal to end taxes for seniors making less than $50,000

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Stalled

No. 407: Limit subsidies for agribusiness

The Promise:

“Obama will implement a $250,000 [farm commodity] payment limitation so that we help family farmers, not large corporate agribusiness. Obama will close the loopholes that allow megafarms to get around the limits by subdividing their operations into multiple paper corporations.”

Update April 14th, 2009:

Congress stalls limits on farm subsidies

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Promise Kept

No. 498: Provide grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes

The Promise:

“Will create a competitive grant program to award those states and localities that take the first steps in implementing new building codes that prioritize energy efficiency, and provide a federal match for those states with leading-edge public benefits funds that support energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings.”

Update April 14th, 2009:

Stimulus includes energy efficiency block grants for building codes

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Promise Kept

No. 222: Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

The Promise:

“Cuban American connections to family in Cuba are not only a basic right in humanitarian terms, but also our best tool for helping to foster the beginnings of grassroots democracy on the island. Accordingly, as president, Obama will grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island.”

Update April 13th, 2009:

Obama lifts restrictions on travel and remittances to family in Cuba

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Promise Kept

No. 502: Get his daughters a puppy

The Promise:

“The pledge is (Sasha and Malia) will get their dog, win or lose.”

Update April 13th, 2009:

A dog named Bo

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Promise Broken

No. 508: Allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2008 and 2009

The Promise:

“Obama and Biden are calling for legislation that would allow withdrawals of 15% up to $10,000 from retirement accounts without penalty (although subject to the normal taxes). This would apply to withdrawals in 2008 (including retroactively) and 2009.”

Update April 10th, 2009:

Penalty-free 401(k) penalty withdrawals still not on the agenda, and taxes are due next week

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Promise Kept

No. 174: Give a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration

The Promise:

“Obama will personally lead diplomacy efforts beginning with a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration. He will make clear that we are not at war with Islam, that we will stand with those who are willing to stand up for their future, and that we need their
effort to defeat the prophets of hate and violence.”

Update April 10th, 2009:

Obama says in Turkey that U.S. not at war with Islam

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In the Works

No. 115: Institute electronic record-keeping for the Veterans Benefits Administration

The Promise:

“As president, Obama will transform the paper benefit claims process to an electronic system that will be interoperable with the VA’s health network as well as military records. This will reduce error rates, improve timeliness, and enhance the overall quality of the claims decisions.”

Update April 9th, 2009:

Obama pledges electronic health records to cover troops from active duty to the VA and beyond

 

Here is another good site also keeping track

http://www.hubdub.com/m29634/How_many_of_Barack_Obamas_Campaign_Promises_will_have_been_kept_by_2010

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