Obama’s Top Five Broken Campaign Promises

3547562653_c52a71c939For all he has managed to accomplish in the presidency, these are perhaps the five biggest disappointments thus far. Stephen Webster of Raw Story examines Obama’s campaign promises that never came true:

1. Health care for all
Ultimately, the [health care] debate in Washington became so heated and rife with disinformation that the administration agreed to forgo the public option, using it as a bargaining chip to ensure other proposals were passed. They also gave in to Republican demands and extended the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, promising to take on the issue again in 2012. In spite of the modest legislative victory of actually getting health reform passed, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that even after all the elements take effect in 2014, over 22 million Americans will still lack access to basic health services.

2. Close Guantanamo
As a symbol of everything that liberals thought to be wrong with the Bush-era, closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison should have been an easy target for the new and popular president and his Democratic super-majority in Congress — and, in fact, then-candidate Obama promised to do just that. But as he soon found out, strategic and political calculations have made it almost impossible to shuck.

3. Defend labor rights
“Understand this,” Obama said during a campaign rally in 2007. “If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America.” Despite efforts by state-level Republicans in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Maine, Florida and Indiana to curtail collective bargaining rights, the President has yet to appear at a single protest or picket line.

4. Reform the Patriot Act
Contrary to popular belief, Obama has never actually argued for a repeal of the Bush administration’s sweeping, post-9/11 security initiatives, which were passed with a mandatory “sunset” clause to overrule the concerns of civil libertarians at the time. But every time the emergency laws have been due to expire, President Obama has pushed to extend them without any reforms. Most recently, the administration sought an extension of the Patriot Act that was even longer than the one Republicans wanted.

5. End the wars
Even though the president promised his Afghan occupation would conclude in July 2011, military officials have admitted that sometime in 2014 is more likely. Elsewhere, American forces are dropping more bombs on more countries today than at any point during the Bush administration, with continued occupation forces in two massive countries even as they stage aerial bombardments of Pakistan, Libya and Yemen.

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  • http://steroids.i.ph/ Steroids

    there must be some good things that he’s done ?

  • Gregory

    Well…first of all, Right about the time Obama was becoming president the economy tanked and we became THIS close to the second great depression. Do you want soup lines or Gitmo to be closed?

    Also, Obama (you’ve noticed he’s black) has met with hostility not only from the opposition party, but a tremendous lack of support from his own party. The first black presidency was going to be a wash, since America is a tremendous failure when comes to all that hopey, changey, Freedomy stuff talked about by our founding fathers. Not a hunnerd years after the country was formed, we had a civil war…which a lot of people in the South are apparently still fighting and the main reasons behind the conflict have yet to be resolved. One of the biggest of course is racism. And it’s not just the Tea Party who want to lynch that uppity nigra from a sour apple tree, make sure you don’t leave any rope lying around when Hilary and Barack are alone in the same room. (Don’t get me started on Hilary, if anyone embodies how the American political process isn’t about competence but about popularity, it’s her. She was out of her depth even as a First Lady and was made SoS just as a consolation prize to get her to put away her fingernails. It’s like the six-fingered man making Inigo Montoya his personal cook.)

    But Obama has met with opposition by Congress and an American people who have an unrealistic idea of how soon it takes to change things and about how America and the world works in general, and an apathy toward (1) making sure they are informed from objective sources and (2) toward taking their head out of their taterholes. Obama is running an experiment to see if the American system of government could actually work, and we’ve shown that it doesn’t. America is a failure. All the things listed here are things that Obama wanted to do and that he tried to do, but he did not have the support of his party or the American people.

    Which shows that his election was not about a country that wants change, and therefore he did not get the mandate he thought he had. We didn’t want to elect a crazy old white man who makes jokes about “Bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran.” Obama’s presidency is the last gasp for real hope and change and as we have seen around the country, the GOP are well on their way to making America into a Theocracy that is also about racial purity. They’re after the “other darkies” now since they’ve still been able to repress the black race in America and have set up an economic system in which there are now more of those uppity nigras in prison than there were as slaves in this country.

    The most damning of all is the people who should be supporting Obama are the ones who will speak out against him when they wouldn’t speak out against Bush when they needed to. And the ironclad facts are that Obama is still trying to clean up a mess not just eight years in the making but decades in the making.

    And if it makes people feel better by making hokey top five or top ten lists about how big a disappointment Obama is, then go right ahead…but I doubt it will make you feel better if the GOP really regain power. If you thought the Bush administration was a telephone pole up your exhaust pipe, well, you just wait.

    fiat lux

  • Gregory

    Well…first of all, Right about the time Obama was becoming president the economy tanked and we became THIS close to the second great depression. Do you want soup lines or Gitmo to be closed?

    Also, Obama (you’ve noticed he’s black) has met with hostility not only from the opposition party, but a tremendous lack of support from his own party. The first black presidency was going to be a wash, since America is a tremendous failure when comes to all that hopey, changey, Freedomy stuff talked about by our founding fathers. Not a hunnerd years after the country was formed, we had a civil war…which a lot of people in the South are apparently still fighting and the main reasons behind the conflict have yet to be resolved. One of the biggest of course is racism. And it’s not just the Tea Party who want to lynch that uppity nigra from a sour apple tree, make sure you don’t leave any rope lying around when Hilary and Barack are alone in the same room. (Don’t get me started on Hilary, if anyone embodies how the American political process isn’t about competence but about popularity, it’s her. She was out of her depth even as a First Lady and was made SoS just as a consolation prize to get her to put away her fingernails. It’s like the six-fingered man making Inigo Montoya his personal cook.)

    But Obama has met with opposition by Congress and an American people who have an unrealistic idea of how soon it takes to change things and about how America and the world works in general, and an apathy toward (1) making sure they are informed from objective sources and (2) toward taking their head out of their taterholes. Obama is running an experiment to see if the American system of government could actually work, and we’ve shown that it doesn’t. America is a failure. All the things listed here are things that Obama wanted to do and that he tried to do, but he did not have the support of his party or the American people.

    Which shows that his election was not about a country that wants change, and therefore he did not get the mandate he thought he had. We didn’t want to elect a crazy old white man who makes jokes about “Bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran.” Obama’s presidency is the last gasp for real hope and change and as we have seen around the country, the GOP are well on their way to making America into a Theocracy that is also about racial purity. They’re after the “other darkies” now since they’ve still been able to repress the black race in America and have set up an economic system in which there are now more of those uppity nigras in prison than there were as slaves in this country.

    The most damning of all is the people who should be supporting Obama are the ones who will speak out against him when they wouldn’t speak out against Bush when they needed to. And the ironclad facts are that Obama is still trying to clean up a mess not just eight years in the making but decades in the making.

    And if it makes people feel better by making hokey top five or top ten lists about how big a disappointment Obama is, then go right ahead…but I doubt it will make you feel better if the GOP really regain power. If you thought the Bush administration was a telephone pole up your exhaust pipe, well, you just wait.

    fiat lux

    • Liam_McGonagle

      What do you mean, REGAIN power? When did the Republicans ever lose it?

      Who enlisted launched a PR blitz to support the millionaire tax giveaway to trust fund brats in December, after months of promising us that he “didn’t have the math” to make them work? Behind the backs of the Democratic caucus, no less?

      Who wrote an editorial in the NY Times 2 months ago calling for deregulation of the corporate sector, after that sector’s most spectacular financial and environemental disasters in 3 generations?

      You deny it it all you like, but it’s not fooling anyone else: Obama IS a Republican.

    • Ironaddict06

      You have one thing correct BHO is trying an experiment in America. He wants to turn America into a socialist country. I’ve read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I could not find any where that mentions that the American people are to be given any type of Welfare. The F.F. wanted the American people to be free to choose their own path, and free to worship your god or not in your own home. But the American people are Cowards and P_ _ _ IES. If Socialism is what BHO and Left want, I’m all for it. We need to go all in. Uncle Sam needs to seize all companies, all stocks, etc. The U.S. gov’t will provide everything for the American people, because we all know Corporations are Evil.

      • De Carabas

        You read the constitution and missed the part about providing for the general welfare? Really? It is right there in the preamble. And in case you missed it there it is restated in the Taxation and Spending clause. Try reading it a little harder and this time do not gloss over the parts you don’t personally agree with. I am about as far from a socialist as you can get but your blatant misrepresentation about what the constitution actually says is disturbing. Why is it most of the people I’ve talked to who claim to have read the constitution clearly either have not or have completely omitted parts of it that disagree with their chosen political persuasion?

      • Andrew

        You are completely wrong. America is a mixed economy, and Obama wants to turn it into a corporate plutocracy.

      • Boutzie

        The American government is support, paid by the people.  So the government should take care of its people.  Congress needs a pay cut to minimum wage.  Better yet…. Volunteers.  Pretty sure they get things done a hell of a lot faster. 
         

    • Gate2orion

      Obama is doing nothing, and it has nothingto do with his color really getting tired of hearing  that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZGM2JWSQQN3MBE7FBT2M22RLG4 golchab

    he’s reminded me time and time again to inflate my tires to avoid costly gasoline price hikes. – is good no? O_o

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZGM2JWSQQN3MBE7FBT2M22RLG4 golchab

    he’s reminded me time and time again to inflate my tires to avoid costly gasoline price hikes. – is good no? O_o

  • Michelle

    I would like to see a detailed list of everything the President did get done.

  • Michelle

    I would like to see a detailed list of everything the President did get done.

  • Юрий Педерастаков

    Yes, it would be much shorter.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    What do you mean, REGAIN power? When did the Republicans ever lose it?

    Who enlisted launched a PR blitz to support the millionaire tax giveaway to trust fund brats in December, after months of promising us that he “didn’t have the math” to make them work? Behind the backs of the Democratic caucus, no less?

    Who wrote an editorial in the NY Times 2 months ago calling for deregulation of the corporate sector, after that sector’s most spectacular financial and environemental disasters in 3 generations?

    You deny it it all you like, but it’s not fooling anyone else: Obama IS a Republican.

  • Ironaddict06

    You have one thing correct BHO is trying an experiment in America. He wants to turn America into a socialist country. I’ve read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I could not find any where that mentions that the American people are to be given any type of Welfare. The F.F. wanted the American people to be free to choose their own path, and free to worship your god or not in your own home. But the American people are Cowards and P_ _ _ IES. If Socialism is what BHO and Left want, I’m all for it. We need to go all in. Uncle Sam needs to seize all companies, all stocks, etc. The U.S. gov’t will provide everything for the American people, because we all know Corporations are Evil.

  • ollollo

    It is wrong to criticize our President! Don’t you people realize this criticism is hurting his ability to run things. Bush went unscathed from any sort of critcism because of the ‘big brother’ like state he created. People were living in fear to speak out against him.

    Yet Obama is the subject of many paradoys and hate mongers pointing out mistakes that any president could have made. Frankly this type of rhetoric against our President should be made illegal; pure and simple.

  • ollollo

    It is wrong to criticize our President! Don’t you people realize this criticism is hurting his ability to run things. Bush went unscathed from any sort of critcism because of the ‘big brother’ like state he created. People were living in fear to speak out against him.

    Yet Obama is the subject of many paradoys and hate mongers pointing out mistakes that any president could have made. Frankly this type of rhetoric against our President should be made illegal; pure and simple.

    • Herculestrockefeller

      *gets out lawnchair, popcorn, and lemonade*

      This should be fun to watch.

    • You The Joker

      Bush uncriticized… really are you joking?

    • Hadrian999

      going against my better judgement I’ll respond like this isn’t a troll.
      such legislation has been passed before the sedition act of 1798, it was declared unconstitutional

      • zing_bat

        You’re presuming we all believe in the constitution. I am interested in improving the quality of our lives.

        I think our quality of life will improve if Obama is allowed to do the things we elected him to do.
        How the hell is he supposed to get anything accomplished if people keep critcizing him? Mostly from rampant racists who are going to nit pick everything. Also what President has followed through on everything? He probably had every intention of ended our wars in the middle east and closing Gitmo, but things were in such a state of disrepair that he can’t really undo all the damage that has been done.

        • Hadrian999

          if you have a government free of regulation or oversight you most certainly wont see an increase in quality of life

          • dealen2

            You sound like a stooge for the tea party.

          • Hadrian999

            just someone who understands history

          • dealen2

            History rewritten by Republicans trying to cram small government ideology crap down our throats so we can live in states ruled by kings, ie govenors, who will have no federal standards to rule by.

          • Hadrian999

            there is a world of difference between the republican ideal and constitutional government,
            without a binding constitution and full government oversight you will see a return to aristocratic rule
            without clear concrete rules we would see atrocities that make any patriot act shenanigans look like child’s play. We are a nation of laws not a nation of men and it will be a sad day if that changes in the hopes of making things easier for leaders to get things done.

        • Gate2orion

          here we go again this Racist stuff I dont know about you but I judge a man by his heart not his color

  • De Carabas

    You read the constitution and missed the part about providing for the general welfare? Really? It is right there in the preamble. And in case you missed it there it is restated in the Taxation and Spending clause. Try reading it a little harder and this time do not gloss over the parts you don’t personally agree with. I am about as far from a socialist as you can get but your blatant misrepresentation about what the constitution actually says is disturbing. Why is it most of the people I’ve talked to who claim to have read the constitution clearly either have not or have completely omitted parts of it that disagree with their chosen political persuasion?

  • Andrew

    You are completely wrong. America is a mixed economy, and Obama wants to turn it into a corporate plutocracy.

  • Herculestrockefeller

    *gets out lawnchair, popcorn, and lemonade*

    This should be fun to watch.

  • Guest

    Obama’s Change: More Tyranny and Oppression
    http://www.pupaganda.com/originals/Obamas_change.html
    The truth is out there.but is anyone listening?

  • Guest

    Obama’s Change: More Tyranny and Oppression
    http://www.pupaganda.com/originals/Obamas_change.html
    The truth is out there.but is anyone listening?

  • Dogpeople

    Wow, no one can agree on anything about this subject.

    What could that possibly mean?

  • Dogpeople

    Wow, no one can agree on anything about this subject.

    What could that possibly mean?

    • MasoMystic

      That most Americans are idiots. They cant see the destruction infront of them. They fight the idea that obama is good or bad. Makes me laugh. Your country is falling apart at the seams because the corporations control every interest. Obama does what hes told. More then not you people are not willing to understand the full scope of what is going on because your small minds cant comprehend something so diabolical.

      He continued the plan that bush and his bosses set forth. Obama is doing what was always planed. When are you morons going to realize that the political party system is for idiots to argue over while the real powers which have no separation of party continue to rule the planet with an iron fist.

      But use all that educated ranting, guessing and political mumbo jumbo. keep debating which side is better or if obama is really good for the country or not…

      The head is about to fall and when it does dont act soo fucking surprised. Your political leaders work for the same interests, the SAME plan will continue no matter who is in office..

      But u keep cheering for your favorite team. Its what they want.

  • Hadrian999

    this is why you would think the republican leadership would tell their birther lackeys to shut the hell up, Obama is such a damaged candidate you would think they would love running against him.

  • Hadrian999

    this is why you would think the republican leadership would tell their birther lackeys to shut the hell up, Obama is such a damaged candidate you would think they would love running against him.

  • Hadrian999

    this is why you would think the republican leadership would tell their birther lackeys to shut the hell up, Obama is such a damaged candidate you would think they would love running against him.

  • Hadrian999

    this is why you would think the republican leadership would tell their birther lackeys to shut the hell up, Obama is such a damaged candidate you would think they would love running against him.

    • Andrew

      Except the vast majority of Republicans (I don’t mean true conservatives, most of whom are Democrats) are highly neurotic if not outright delusional.

  • Andrew

    Except the vast majority of Republicans (I don’t mean true conservatives, most of whom are Democrats) are highly neurotic if not outright delusional.

  • You The Joker

    Bush uncriticized… really are you joking?

  • MasoMystic

    That most Americans are idiots. They cant see the destruction infront of them. They fight the idea that obama is good or bad. Makes me laugh. Your country is falling apart at the seams because the corporations control every interest. Obama does what hes told. More then not you people are not willing to understand the full scope of what is going on because your small minds cant comprehend something so diabolical.

    He continued the plan that bush and his bosses set forth. Obama is doing what was always planed. When are you morons going to realize that the political party system is for idiots to argue over while the real powers which have no separation of party continue to rule the planet with an iron fist.

    But use all that educated ranting, guessing and political mumbo jumbo. keep debating which side is better or if obama is really good for the country or not…

    The head is about to fall and when it does dont act soo fucking surprised. Your political leaders work for the same interests, the SAME plan will continue no matter who is in office..

    But u keep cheering for your favorite team. Its what they want.

  • Hadrian999

    going against my better judgement I’ll respond like this isn’t a troll.
    such legislation has been passed before the sedition act of 1798, it was declared unconstitutional

  • zing_bat

    You’re presuming we all believe in the constitution. I am interested in improving the quality of our lives.

    I think our quality of life will improve if Obama is allowed to do the things we elected him to do.
    How the hell is he supposed to get anything accomplished if people keep critcizing him? Mostly from rampant racists who are going to nit pick everything. Also what President has followed through on everything? He probably had every intention of ended our wars in the middle east and closing Gitmo, but things were in such a state of disrepair that he can’t really undo all the damage that has been done.

  • Jay99

    Everyone makes mistakes! jeez, get over it

  • Jay99

    Everyone makes mistakes! jeez, get over it

  • Hadrian999

    if you have a government free of regulation or oversight you most certainly wont see an increase in quality of life

  • dealen2

    You sound like a stooge for the tea party.

  • Hadrian999

    just someone who understands history

  • dealen2

    History rewritten by Republicans trying to cram small government ideology crap down our throats so we can live in states ruled by kings, ie govenors, who will have no federal standards to rule by.

  • Hadrian999

    there is a world of difference between the republican ideal and constitutional government,
    without a binding constitution n and full government oversight you will see a return to aristocratic rule
    without clear concrete rules we would see atrocities that make any patriot act shenanigans look like child’s play. We are a nation of laws not a nation of me and it will be a sad day if that changes in the hopes of making things easier for leaders to get things done.

  • Bob

    sad but true… and i voted for him.

  • Bob

    sad but true… and i voted for him.

  • Vagabond78667
  • 999

    How dare you criticize Obama!!! You are racist!!! Admit it!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4XHRJQPNZ4QJKVS2COFSXSUIV4 zamboni

    Obama? What a HUGE, MASSIVE disappointment in every way that matters.  This is a great article because it itemises how Obama was elected on a campaign of lies.  God, what a fucking asshole that guy is.  He is Bush, part 2.  What a sycophant to Wall Street and corporate power.  His election was seen as a triumph for the public relations agencies that framed his campaign rhetoric based on lies to pander to the hopes of the struggling masses of USA.  They voted for him and his way of saying thank you was to shit on them, laugh at them, and abandon them. He’s now part of the Washington DC insider sell-out club.  “Change we can believe in?”  What change is that?  There is ZERO change with this lying, stinking piece of shit.  

    What’s more I’m sick of these wanker Democrats who keep getting their knickers in a bunch because folks like me are calling it like it is.  “He can’t do it all you know”, or “He’s better than Palin or McCain isn’t he?”, or similar lame-ass excuses they’ve been fed by the DNC.  Please, shut up already!  You Obama apologists need to shut up and face the music:  you’re country is fucked: you have a two party system which is in truth only one party, the corporate/Wall Street party.  There will be NO CHANGE with the status quo in USA as it stands.  No person who actually wants to bring real, actual change to the USA will ever come near to the oval office.  The democratic party is now the republican party, both are slaves to the corporations that pay for their election.  Obama is nothing but an oreo corporate brown nosing toad.  Even his former colleagues at Harvard thinks he’s a sellout.  All democratic apologists for Obama who act all self righteous if we realists dare to criticise Obama can shove it right up their ass!  I don’t want to hear your bullshit.  Enough!  Your lame-ass excuses for the shitty job Obama is doing only reveal how deeply you are in denial about this suck-ass president, and a country that has a suck-ass political system that offers ZERO choice to the utterly alienated voters.  Unfortunately there is no positive change on the way for USA, it will continue to wallow in this political quagmire for many, many years to come.  

    • swagger

      WOW!! I am Black and I voted for President Obama, but I totally agree with you Zamboni.. President Obama is a tremendous disappointment. Tho only difference between he and Bush is that one is eloquent the other a bumbling idiot.. Both are inept!! Barack Obama talks a good game but he’s full of shit. What’s more he doesn’t have a plan. He doesn’t have a clue of what to do. He’s totally owned by Wall Street and the wealthy Elites.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4XHRJQPNZ4QJKVS2COFSXSUIV4 zamboni

    Obama? What a HUGE, MASSIVE disappointment in every way that matters.  This is a great article because it itemises how Obama was elected on a campaign of lies.  God, what a fucking asshole that guy is.  He is Bush, part 2.  What a sycophant to Wall Street and corporate power.  His election was seen as a triumph for the public relations agencies that framed his campaign rhetoric based on lies to pander to the hopes of the struggling masses of USA.  They voted for him and his way of saying thank you was to shit on them, laugh at them, and abandon them. He’s now part of the Washington DC insider sell-out club.  “Change we can believe in?”  What change is that?  There is ZERO change with this lying, stinking piece of shit.  

    What’s more I’m sick of these wanker Democrats who keep getting their knickers in a bunch because folks like me are calling it like it is.  “He can’t do it all you know”, or “He’s better than Palin or McCain isn’t he?”, or similar lame-ass excuses they’ve been fed by the DNC.  Please, shut up already!  You Obama apologists need to shut up and face the music:  you’re country is fucked: you have a two party system which is in truth only one party, the corporate/Wall Street party.  There will be NO CHANGE with the status quo in USA as it stands.  No person who actually wants to bring real, actual change to the USA will ever come near to the oval office.  The democratic party is now the republican party, both are slaves to the corporations that pay for their election.  Obama is nothing but an oreo corporate brown nosing toad.  Even his former colleagues at Harvard thinks he’s a sellout.  All democratic apologists for Obama who act all self righteous if we realists dare to criticise Obama can shove it right up their ass!  I don’t want to hear your bullshit.  Enough!  Your lame-ass excuses for the shitty job Obama is doing only reveal how deeply you are in denial about this suck-ass president, and a country that has a suck-ass political system that offers ZERO choice to the utterly alienated voters.  Unfortunately there is no positive change on the way for USA, it will continue to wallow in this political quagmire for many, many years to come.  

  • Boutzie

    The American government is support, paid by the people.  So the government should take care of its people.  Congress needs a pay cut to minimum wage.  Better yet…. Volunteers.  Pretty sure they get things done a hell of a lot faster. 
     

  • swagger

    WOW!! I am Black and I voted for President Obama, but I totally agree with you Zamboni.. President Obama is a tremendous disappointment. Tho only difference between he and Bush is that one is eloquent the other a bumbling idiot.. Both are inept!! Barack Obama talks a good game but he’s full of shit. What’s more he doesn’t have a plan. He doesn’t have a clue of what to do. He’s totally owned by Wall Street and the wealthy Elites.

  • Gate2orion

    Obama is doing nothing, and it has nothingto do with his color really getting tired of hearing  that.

  • Gate2orion

    here we go again this Racist stuff I dont know about you but I judge a man by his heart not his color

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