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Barack Obama Scorecard - Promises Not Kept

Updated on January 21, 2011

Some Promises have not been Kept

Some of the campaign promises have been "forgotten about" or have been killed by Congress. To be fair many of these have more to do with congress than the president, but some cannot be attributed anywhere else.


Official White House photo
Official White House photo

Seven Broken Promises

There are a grand-total of seven broken promises. Three that can be directly assigned to the office of president and the other four more firmly resting on the shoulders in congress.

These include:

  • End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000: There has been no mention of this particular campaign promise and it appears to have been forgotten about.

    One for Congress & Barack Obama.

  • Allow five days of public comment before signing bills: The promise was a five day "cooling off period" that would allow the public to review a bill before it was signed into law. However, Obama signed "The Credit Card Bill of Rights" two days after congress passed it.

    One for Barack Obama

  • Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials: Political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be not be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employment. This restriction goes back two years of employment. Additionally, once a federal employee has left an appointment the former employee wlll not be able to lobby the administration they worked for.

    In fact recusals have been accepted rather than a hard restriction. e.g. persons working for the government have been allowed to recuse themselves rather than being "let go." Other former lobbyists have been given "waivers" which allow them to serve.

    One for Barack Obama.

  • Create a $3,000 tax credit for companies that add jobs: This particular campaign promise never got any "traction" in the senate and now appears to be dead.

    One for Congress.

  • Allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2008 and 2009: Obama and Biden called for legislation that would allow withdrawals of 15%. However, congress has never introduced such a bill and it now appears that they never will.

    One for Congress.

  • Recognize the Armenian genocide: Though Barack Obama visited Turkey recently he avoided using the word "genocide" while there. Obama did say: "I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed." He did not, however, use the specific word "genocide." Please note that 44 of the 50 states officially recognize the Armenian genocide. I think it's an important distinction, but in a way the President not recognizing it doesn't make that much difference.

    One for Barack Obama.

  • Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN: Barack Obama stated: "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We'll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies -- they'll get a seat at the table, they just won't be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN..."

    However, many negotiations regarding health care reform have been held behind closed doors. It should be noted that these negotiations have been congressional not presidential.

    One for Congress & Barack Obama.
  • Pass a Comprehensive Health Care Reform Bill: Barack Obama asked congress for and strongly advocated a comprehensive health-care reform bill. Many provisions of the bill with strong support never passed, others decreed a mandate that may be unconstitutional, and no public option is offered. Now federal judge(s) are challenging the provision that requires Americans to buy insurance. The net result is only a partial victory.

    One for Congress & Barack Obama

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  • One-life1 profile image

    Ar Az 

    7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I really enjoyed reading your hub, interesting information.

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    7 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    lyncatt: there are two other articles about Obama's platform. They are

    https://hubpages.com/politics/Barack-Obama-Scoreca...

    https://hubpages.com/politics/Obama-Scorecard-In-t...

    As is typical the most highly read hub in the series of three is the "Promises not Kept." I guess the "fascination with failure" continues to be a prime motivator for entirely too many Americans.

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    lyncatt 

    7 years ago

    what pres didn't make promises he couldn't keep? How csn a prez be fully responsible for the economy.he cant force people to open businesses or to get a job...its up to us not to be lazy..why should there be tax cut for the rich people..they can afford to pay them..if i can live with the neccessaties in life on 1000/month then people making over 100,000/yr should feel rich...lower your expenses and live within ur means...bottom line is his broken only 7 promises..half of which was up to congress..NOT HIM.....if all this uncontrollable things (egypt,libya,japan, etc) didn't occur (oh wait is he supposed to be pyschic too?) then the broken promises problay would have ben kept..stop hating on the man...he did a great job considering Bush turned the country over to him in a complete mess..or did we forget about that??????

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Thanks JON, when you publish let me know, I want to read it.

  • JON EWALL profile image

    JON EWALL 

    8 years ago from usa

    LiamBean

    I'M GETTING CLOSE TO WRITE,NOT SURE WHEN BUT SERIOUSLY THINKING.I HAVE HAD A LONG DEBATE WITH 2 HUBBERS ON

    America and Taxes

    When Did Being Liberal Become A Bad Thing?

    CHECK IT OUT, CONSIDER ENTERING THE DEBATE?

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Thank you Jon. Should you write a hub on these topics I would be VERY interested in reading them.

  • JON EWALL profile image

    JON EWALL 

    8 years ago from usa

    LiamBean

    Have a good day.

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Jon: Please, write your own hub. Barak Obama made a number of campaign promises during the election. I've written three hubs about the promises made and whether or not he's kept them. It is simple reporting, nothing more.

    You seem to insist upon creating a hub on the coattails of my own. From this point forward I will not bother to read your comments or approve them.

    YOU NEED TO WRITE YOUR OWN HUB.

  • JON EWALL profile image

    JON EWALL 

    8 years ago from usa

    LiamBean

    Jobs and the Economy are #1 and #2. Let's not forget record deficits in 2009 and 2010,unemployment at 9.5% and 2011 deficit 1.4 trillion.On 8/3/10 Treasury Secretary Geithner on the morning show stated that unemployment could reach 10% in the very near future.

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    someonewhoknows: So we should bring all the troops home now, regardless of where? I say bring them home from Japan, Germany, and all the other countries we have them stationed in. Including Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Haven't we always been at war with someone?

    Finally, is it Obama's fault we are at war or that he has war powers?

  • someonewhoknows profile image

    someonewhoknows 

    8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

    The Emergency War Powers Act congress gave the president's office is still in effect.We are still at war with no end in sight.

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Paul: Thanks for reading. Please bear in mind that though a president can ask for new law, he or she can't create or pass it. Law is still the purview of congress and will be unless the constitution is re-written.

    Rumors about taking away itemization are silly and ridiculous.

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    PAUL 

    8 years ago

    LiamBean, I think the 1st one goes to Obama too. Since it's never been mentioned, since the campaign, how or why would congress move on it.

    Also, watch your taxes this year. He promised no tax increases for people who made less than, $250k or $150k depending on the speech. I've heard they are taking away itemization for 2011, and several other tax breaks that middle America has had. So they aren't making a new tax on the lower bracket, it still is a tax increase if you lose your "discounts"

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    joebanana: Thanks for reading. Apparently you didn't have a civics or government class in high-school. The president doesn't make law; congress does. The president can ask congress to make law, but congress ultimately has that power. The president can even issue an executive order, to enforce the law, but that does not make him or her a lawmaker.

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    joebanana 

    8 years ago

    What we have here is obvious fraud. He's had enough time, but failed to perform, time to go. We have laws about used car salesman having to be upfront and honest, why not the president? And, I remember reading somewhere that when an elected official commits an unconstitutional act, their resignation is automatic. Nowhere in the constitution does it say the president can use public funds to bail out private banks. All powers NOT ENUMERATED shall be of the state and of the people. Wasn't Obama a constitutional law professor? (so he says)

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    DDogbreath: I don't approve comments that are links.

  • LiamBean profile imageAUTHOR

    LiamBean 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Shaz: Thanks for reading. I think it significant that only seven promises have not been kept. And let me add the phrase 'so far.'

  • shazz01109 profile image

    shazz01109 

    8 years ago from Western Massachusetts

    Good job. The allowing 5 days of public comment before signing bills has really gone absent. I think Congress is equally responsible for that one as well. The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.

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