A rather testy President Barack Obama insists he wants you to evaluate him. The President has told you what you’re going to find:
Take a tally. Look at what I promised during the campaign. There’s not a single thing that I’ve said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven’t gotten it done yet, I’m still trying to do it.
The most powerful person on the planet should know that if he’s going to say something cocky like that, people are actually going to check and find out that this is not actually true.
Here’s just one example of a campaign promise that Barack Obama has not even tried to keep. In an official position paper during the 2008 presidential race, the Obama campaign wrote down and published this pledge regarding the FISA Amendments Act:
Eliminate Warrantless Wiretaps. Barack Obama opposed the Bush Administration’s initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees to prevent future threats to the rule of law.
Has Barack Obama “eliminated warrantless wiretaps?” No. Has Barack Obama even tried to “eliminate warrantless wiretaps?” No. He’s pushed in the opposite direction, pushing to expand the use of warrantless wiretaps.
More specifically, has Barack Obama “updated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees?” No. Has Barack Obama even tried to do so? No. Barack Obama has not taken any steps to even propose any changes to the Fisa Amendments Act.
Why would President Obama insist that he has either tried or succeeded in keeping every one of his campaign promises when that is demonstrably untrue?
It may be that he’s relying on you not to check. Don’t enable that kind of sloppiness. Check. Can you name any other campaign promises Barack Obama made as a presidential candidate that he has not even tried to keep?