Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on October 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The bad news — Barack Obama’s latest claim on how many of his promises he has kept overstated the case, according to the Washington Times, which refers to Politifact’s “Obameter“:

President Obama has taken to claiming at recent political rallies and fundraisers that he has fulfilled 60 percent of his campaign promises from 2008, but the scorecard of an independent arbiter suggests that Mr. Obama is grading himself on a generous curve.

The watchdog organization PolitiFact.com, which evaluates the veracity of politicians’ statements, has tracked 506 specific promises Mr. Obamamade during his victorious presidential campaign three years ago and concluded that he has fulfilled 151, or 30 percent. Add the campaign pledges on which Mr. Obama has compromised to get part of what he wanted, and his “mission accomplished” tally still rises to just 39 percent.

Nonetheless, the president is telling supporters that he has worked three-fifths of the way through a checklist of initiatives that he keeps in his desk, making the pitch that he needs to be re-elected to finish what he started.

If you tally up those pledges that are still “in the works,” that comes to 37% alone.  Add in those “broken” and “stalled,” and the total goes to 59%, so perhaps he’s just confusing the percentages, and he meant to tell supporters that he still has 60% left to do.

The good news: Give Obama another month or so and he’ll come up with the correct percentage.

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cmsinaz on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Actually, to be fair, Obama has kept nearly 100% of his campaign promises…locked in a little box in the basement of the White House.

coldwarrior on October 31, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I’ll say it first: Math Is Hard!

JimK on October 31, 2011 at 8:11 AM

wake me up when he fulfills 3000% of his promises…..

*snooze bar*

ted c on October 31, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Maths Arithmetically challenged or a liar? Who knew??!!

ExpressoBold on October 31, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I’m less concerned with the percentage of his agenda actually fulfilled as I am with the damage that percentage of realized agenda has done to my country.

SKYFOX on October 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM

his “mission accomplished” tally still rises to just 39 percent.

good enough for govmint work…..

here’s a gold star and a head pat for you, now, dont’ forget to *wave to the camera***

ted c on October 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM

SKYFOX on October 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on October 31, 2011 at 8:15 AM

OBAMA 2012…….

Because America deserves another 4 years, now shut up and eat yo peas!

PappyD61 on October 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Barack is 60% liar, 39% fraud, and 1 degree warmer in the last decade.

Yoop on October 31, 2011 at 8:19 AM

He plans on “accomplishing” the rest by diktat, so it’s as good as done. We can’t wait!

Naturally Curly on October 31, 2011 at 8:21 AM

he still has 60% left to do.

The economy is still breathing after all, guess he needs another term so he can finally pull the plug.

lynncgb on October 31, 2011 at 8:24 AM

He plans on “accomplishing” the rest by diktat, so it’s as good as done. We can’t wait!

Naturally Curly on October 31, 2011 at 8:21 AM

And, nary a word of criticism by the talking heads and media pundits…

Fallon on October 31, 2011 at 8:25 AM

he has worked three-fifths of the way through a checklist of initiatives that he keeps in his desk

1. Hope and Change ad nauseum
2. Destroy economy
3. Create class warfare
4. Lie or exaggerate the truth
5. Kill someone important
6. Don’t forget your telepromter
7. Pretend to know what the hell you are talking about
8. Math tutor
9. Hand out fruit on Halloween
10.Support OWS (AKA re-election)
11.Show me the money
12.Blame America for low approval ratings
13. Figure out 13 when the time comes

*note: golfing and vacation not listed for obvious reasons

RDE2010 on October 31, 2011 at 8:38 AM

ObaMao has never found it difficult to make audacious claims by pulling statistics out of his butt. The fact that these claims go unchallenged by the supposed media watchdogs demonstrates yet again how much the “free press” has devolved into being PR stenographers for this administration and Dem talking points.

Nonetheless, the president is telling supporters that he has worked three-fifths of the way through a checklist of initiatives that he keeps in his desk,

making the pitch that he needs to be re-elected to finish what he started.

Photos of O’s desk are usually bare. Unless he has that checklist hidden under his filthy shoes, the claim is just further proof of his self-absorbed arrogance.

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2011 at 8:44 AM

/Leftist garbage Godwin Fail mode on

You’re just a Barack Obama accomplishment denier, Ed!

/Leftist garbage Godwin Fail mode off

Hey, math is hard for some of us. Ya gotta do what you gotta do.

MNHawk on October 31, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Obama and the Press are hoping for that Hole In One.

TimBuk3 on October 31, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Until I see documented PROOF to the contrary, I will continue to believe Barry’s whole life has been graded with a steep (affirmative action) curve.

What OTHER reason could there be to keep college records secret?

HammerNH on October 31, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Give Obama another month or so and he’ll come up with the correct percentage.

Give him a break. 6th grade arithmetic is just so hard. Mustn’t expect our affirmative action college graduate and president to understand complex problems of percentages.

chemman on October 31, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Is the ocean still rising?

Are doctors still lopping off healthy feet to make a quick buck?

Are asthmatic kids getting their breathalyzers yet?

Akzed on October 31, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Booooooossssssshhhh!

csdeven on October 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

How many promises has he diametrically violated? Who is up for some lobbyists? E.O to close gitmo? nevermind. No new taxes on the middle class? Sure, so long as you don’t use medical devices, smoke or tan…

forest on October 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

That’s the story of Barry’s life – being graded ‘on a generous curve’.

GarandFan on October 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

NRO’s Peter Robinson’s lede in “The Corner” squib about a discussion with Thomas Sowell reads thus:

Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Thomas Sowell discusses the pitfalls of high taxes and wealth redistribution.

“One of Barack Obama’s great gifts is the ability to say things that are absolutely absurd and let them sound not only plausible, but inspiring.”

onlineanalyst on October 31, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Add in those “broken” and “stalled,” and the total goes to 59%

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What’s more important to expose is the number of under-handed back-stabings of the people who adore him… Gee… Let’s pick one… Pretty much his first act as Prez… The cigarette tax increase.

This government handout is funded with an increased federal tobacco tax. (SCHIP)

Increase U.S. Federal Tax on a pack of cigarettes from $0.39 to $1.01 per pack
Increase Federal tax on pipe tobacco from $1.0969 per pound to $2.83 per pound
Increase Federal tax on RYO tobacco from $1.0969 per pound to $24.78 per pound
Increase Federal tax on cigarette papers (50 or less) from $0.0122 to $0.0315
Federal tax on cigarette tubes (50 or less) = $0.0244 – New rate is $0.0630

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This is Mommy State 101…
-It was done to help…
-It takes from one group and gives to another…
-The elites will not feel it, and the poorest will be hurt the
most by it…
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Help… It provides health insurance benefits to those who are not able to otherwise have access… by adding funding to (SCHIP) to provide health insurance to moderate-income families and illegal aliens.
And by raising the price it discourages the health threatening habit of smoking by reducing available funds… encouraging quitting.
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Redistribution… Even though this does not take from the rich and give to he poor… it is Big Government manipulation of the peoples money with the intent of redistribution…
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Rich v Poor Smokers… A pack a day rich guy will never even notice the change. But a pack a day lower wage mother of 4 will. If she does not quit it will drain more of her household budget to support her addiction… and it is the government doing the dealing and taking the money.
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This is a regressive tax… I know many smokers who were going to quit when the tax went into effect… I can’t think of a single one who actually did quit. But I do know 3 people who started smoking during the last 2 years…???
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Barry stabbed the poor smokers of the country in the backs, many of whom support him… Worst of all… the children of those poor smokers who continue the habit will now have less food on the table… less pairs of new shoes… and less possibility of climbing out of poverty.
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We were majorly poor when I was a kid. I saw first hand welfare moms who would spend their last 20 cents on cigarettes when there was nothing at all in the fridge… I know this happens and the Obama Cigarette Tax makes it more likely to happen I’m sure.
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The full list of his smug and nasty lying back-stabbing of his peeps needs to be highlighted.
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BTW… I quit smoking 30 years ago…
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RalphyBoy on October 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM