Obama exaggerates number of campaign promises kept

posted at 2:45 pm on October 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Lately, at political rallies, Barack Obama has made a point to claim he’s kept 60 percent of his campaign promises. As it turns out, he’s kept, at best, about 39 percent of his pledges. It’s a good thing, too! Would you really have wanted him to keep 60 percent of his promises, as he boasts of having done?  I still shudder every time I think of how successful he was at ramming through his agenda in the first two years of his presidency. The stimulus! Obamacare! Dodd-Frank!

Nevertheless, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that the president would stretch his accomplishments close to the breaking point. His biggest failures are highly visible in the still-sluggish economy and the high unemployment rate, so he has to remind former supporters and potential voters that he’s at least done some things they said they’d like. Besides, why speak soberly and sincerely when you can embellish to your own benefit? (Rather different than a certain admonishment to say “only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen,” don’t you think?)

What’s scary, though, is why Obama has introduced this “60 percent” mantra in the first place; it’s a plea for a mandate to fulfill the remaining “40 percent.” And, if we didn’t like the first “60 percent,” we’re really not going to like the last “40.” (Those quote marks are annoying, I know, but the numbers aren’t accurate, so I have to denote that somehow.) The Washington Times reports:

Among the major items on his “to-do” list is immigration reform. Mr. Obama blames congressional Republicans for the lack of progress, but there’s evidence that Hispanics are holding it against the president, too. He hasn’t introduced a comprehensive plan, and a recent Gallup poll showed Mr. Obama with a 49 percent job-approval rating among Hispanics, down from 60 percent at the beginning of the year.

Among the other unfulfilled campaign promises are ending Bush-era tax cuts on wealthy Americans (Mr. Obama extended them for two years in a deal with the GOP and has sought to end them when the current agreement expires) and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist detainees in Cuba, which he ordered done in January 2009.

Believe me, I think we need comprehensive immigration reform, too — but I really, really wouldn’t want that to happen under Obama. Can you say “amnesty”? I wouldn’t hold my breath for better border security, a revisal of the quota system or even the compromise of an appropriately lengthy and substantive path to citizenship. Remember, Obama’s administration has already instituted its own little mini-amnesty program, halting deportation proceedings for immigrants who meet certain criteria (from attending school to having family in the military to bearing primary responsibility for other family members’ care). Nor does it exactly inspire confidence that Obama’s own relatives are in the country illegally.

The point is, under Obama, these promises — immigration reform, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the closing of Guantanamo Bay — would be better left unkept. He’s had all the time we need to know how he’d handle them.


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As it turns out, he’s kept, at best, about 39 percent of his pledges.

 
You assume he’s talking about his public promises.

rogerb on October 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Solid D-!

bloghooligan on October 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Now, then, this promise about more transparency in government,..how’s that going?

a capella on October 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

“You Lie”

Beaglemom on October 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

And, boy, didn’t he lower the sea levels? Or was it raise them, I now can’t remember…

I DID notice that no sooner did he appear in Denver than it froze over after experiencing, up to the day of his visit there, pleasant and appealing temperatures.

Lourdes on October 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Let’s review all the great things he’s done for the nation:

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Chip on October 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Also, I obviously missed those campaign promises Obama made to appear on The Late Show, argue in media about The Kardashians and take numerous vacations nearly back-to-back, with Lobsters, Koji Beef, martinis and a Party Whitehouse every Wednesday night.

Lourdes on October 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Well, he did make energy prices skyrocket.

zmdavid on October 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Lately, at political rallies, Barack Obama has made a point to claim he’s kept 60 percent of his campaign promises.

He played 120 rounds of golf?

Steve Z on October 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

And then he pulls a stunt like this……

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/10/willful_blindness.html

capejasmine on October 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

He must have majored in lying.
That would explain the transcript thing.

justltl on October 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Killing bin Laden covers at least 55%.

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mankai on October 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I can think of one.

“Electricity bills will necessarily skyrocket”.

Nathan_OH on October 27, 2011 at 3:19 PM

He isn’t lying…

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Chip on October 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

+1

cmsinaz on October 27, 2011 at 3:19 PM

When I was in school, 60% was an “F”. Then, we would have been suspended for lying!!

rjoco1 on October 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Obama exaggerates number of campaign promises kept lies his ass off about everything

Truth

CantCureStupid on October 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Obama is like that guy you meet by chance in the parking lot of the market or at the dog run or mingling at a Farmers Market on Saturday, the guy who stares at you and claims he’s a secret agent for the CIA and is there to take names and “report back” on people for “top security purposes” and then you look down at his feet and he’s wearing newspaper between his toes and you notice the tired old smell of wine….

Lourdes on October 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

First, axe him what a promise (or a pledge) means.

Without that, his claim is meaningless.

BobMbx on October 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Obama has been hanging around Joe Biden too long….

albill on October 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

60% is 50% better than 40%…

SOLID B+…

Khun Joe on October 27, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Whoever called Ø a SCoaMF really nailed it, huh?

ExpressoBold on October 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but I’ve been watching the threads for awhile, and have never been able to find the definition of “SCoaMF.”

Apparently it is common knowledge at HotAir, except for me…

Anyone?
Bueller?

Thanx ;-)

cane_loader on October 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Remember when he pledged to cut the deficit in half by his 3rd (or 4th?) year in office?

That alone should be played over, and over, and over again in the next election cycle.

SAMinVA on October 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Google it.

rjoco1 on October 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

“It’s math.”

-Barack Obama.

Ben Hur on October 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM

I never got my puppy.

fogw on October 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Obama is a great man, and it’s not the quantity of the promises he’s kept, it’s the quality. His two most important campaign promises have been kept: he took his wife out on a date, and he let his kids have a dog.

All the rest? The people to whom they were made don’t really matter, so who cares?

malclave on October 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

We can’t wait. We can’t wait. I’m not going to wait for Congress on this. We can’t wait.

John the Libertarian on October 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Obamas entire life has been a campaign.

The campaign promises he has kept were probably made between the ages of 2 and 5.

percysunshine on October 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM