Ya know what’s great about a presidential election that includes an incumbent? We all get to take a stroll down memory lane and see if the incumbent’s big campaign promises from four years ago were upheld or of if they ended up being nothing but a bunch of crap.
With that said, let take a look at five big promises made by The One in 2008 (via Fox News).
Cut the deficit in half
At the 1:30 mark, Obama says “That’s why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.” Too bad he didn’t even come close to keeping this promise.
The deficit was $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2009 and is projected to dip to $1.2 trillion this fiscal year, according to the White House budget office. Even in 2013, the budget office projects the deficit will be nearly $1 trillion.
Of course, the Dems blame Bush and the right for this failure, claiming things were worse than they thought. Personally, I blame Obama and the Dems because Obama is the president and the Dems had a majority for the first two years and a super majority for six months and could have done anything they wanted during this time, including putting measures in place that would have cut the deficit in half. They didn’t.
Fix the economy
This video could be considered timeless, and not in a good way. Update the awful jobs numbers Obama talks about and you have a video that is still applicable today.
The U.S. unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for more than three years, despite the president’s economic adviser predicting one month into the administration that the president’s roughly $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would keep unemployment below 8 percent and reduce it to about 6 percent by this year.
Of course, we know that the ARRA was a complete waste of money and accomplished nothing beyond the printing of money and increase of debt.
Guantanamo is still open and Obama isn’t talking about it. Not that I’m complaining, seeing how America is safer because of Obama not doing what he said he would, but it’s still a broken promise.
…last year the president signed a bill that restricted the transfer of prisoners to the U.S. mainland and essentially allows Guantanamo Bay to remain open indefinitely.
Televise health care debate
In the end, we were told Obamacare would have to be passed before we could see what is in it. And even though it passed a couple years ago, there is still stuff in it that people are just finding out about.
Obama also said repeatedly in his run for the White House – in TV ads, on the campaign trail and in at least one debate – that the negotiations on his health care reform plan would be televised, if he were elected. However, final health care talks, including the meetings between House and Senate conferees, were held behind closed doors.
Do I really need to go into details with this one? Didn’t think so.
News agencies and others have complained about the difficulty in getting information through Freedom of Information Act filings. Most recently, the president used executive privilege to keep congressional investigators from getting more Justice Department documents on the agency’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking effort.
(Ed. note: It is now 2016, and Congress is just now getting some of the documents related to Fast and Furious. Many of the documents are still being held back.)
Can’t wait to see what The One promises this time around.