Posts tagged ‘campaign promises’

February 6, 2009

Charges against Cole terrorists dropped

by thoughtfulconservative

A possible fight between the Pentagon and Obama was averted as Cole charges dropped

President Obama will meet with the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and of the USS Cole bombing on Friday, a day after the judge charged with convening the military trials at Guantanamo ordered charges withdrawn against Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of being the former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al Qaeda and the mastermind of the attack on the Cole.

One important note on the charges,

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

It may not be any consolation to the families. I’m not too excited either.

But this was a pretty prominent part of Obama’s platform, and it’s one promise he was going to do his best to keep.

The best thing from this is that he remains at Guantanamo.

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January 29, 2009

“Obama breaks promise on ‘sunlight before signing'”

by thoughtfulconservative

I was going to mention this but PolitiFact beat me to it.

Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009, keeping a longstanding promise to counter a Supreme Court decision that limited workers’ ability to sue for pay discrimination. We moved the Obameter and gave him a Promise Kept.

But we also had to give him his first Promise Broken for the same signing. As part of his agenda to bring more transparency to government, Obama said he would institute “sunlight before signing” — posting laws to the White House Web site for five days of public comment before he signed off on them. [Ed. – I added the links]

More here.

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January 27, 2009

More lobbyist problems for Obama?

by thoughtfulconservative

First, William Lynn, now New Intel Director Blair Resigns Defense Company Post

Before taking his new job as head of U.S. intelligence, retired Adm. Dennis Blair has to resign lucrative directorships on the boards of two companies that do tens of millions of dollars of business with the Defense Department.

Blair, who two years ago ran afoul of Pentagon conflict-of-interest rules, has already resigned a $100,000-a-year post with Iridium Satellite LLC, according to company spokeswoman Liz DeCastro.

This guy has already had problems with conflict of interest. And he’s going to run U.S. intelligence? This is almost as good as Tim “Turbo Tax” Geithner.

Speaking of our new Secretary of the Treasury,

Newly installed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner issued new rules Tuesday restricting contacts with lobbyists – and then hired one to be his top aide.

Patterson’s appointment marks the second time in President Barack Obama’s first week in office that the administration has had to explain how it’s complying with its own ethics rules as it hires a bevy of Washington insiders for administration jobs.

The exceptions and “special cases” are coming fast and furious. These appointments also were, no doubt, “vital” and “in the public interest,” just as Lynn is.

Oh, yeah, and there’s still the Clintons.

Bill Clinton pulled down $5.7 million in speaking fees last year – almost entirely from foreign sources, including nearly $2.1 million after news circulated that Hillary Clinton was in line for Secretary of State.

Former President Clinton’s globetrotting speaking tours and charitable activities were considered the major impediment to his wife’s confirmation. The Senate approved her nomination only after he agreed to voluntarily dial back his activities, partly by alerting ethics officials to any proposed foreign speaking arrangements.

A disclosure statement filed by Secretary Clinton highlights the tricky spot in which she may find herself going forward if her husband keeps up his money-making international travels.

[NOTE: All emphases in the above quotes are mine.]

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January 25, 2009

What happened to Promise No. 13?

by thoughtfulconservative

Once again we wonder at PoliFact. From knoxnews.com via the one and only Instapundit, we discover another campaign promise from Obama that gets dubious treatment.

If you look at the front page of The Obameter, you will find that promise 13 is no longer there. Here’s the explanation.

The rating was unusual because Congress actually passed it before he was elected. Our reasoning was that as the nominee of the Democratic Party at the time, he was effectively the leader of the party and it seemed reasonable for him to share in the credit.

This is all well and good, but it was a promise, wasn’t it? And as such, shouldn’t it be dealt with in some way? And not just ignored?

That will temporarily reduce our total to 509 campaign promises. But we expect to add several new ones that we’ve discovered in the next week or two.

So who knows how many we’ll have in a couple of weeks.

In the comments to another post Todd mentions he has a spread sheet with 895 promises. It requires registration to the website.

Numbers may vary. Opinions as to whether the promise was kept or not may vary a little less.

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January 14, 2009

Holding Obama accountable

by thoughtfulconservative

PolitiFact.com has counted Obama’s campaign promises and categorized them,

Barack Obama made 510 promises when he was running for president, a list that is stunning in its scope and leaves almost no part of the executive branch untouched, according to a new analysis by PolitiFact. [Emphasis mine.]

So what are they going to do with this list? Introducing the Obameter. Yes that’s what they call it.

“I want you to hold our government accountable,” Obama said. “I want you to hold me accountable.”

Okay, we will.

PolitiFact is launching an unprecedented journalistic effort to track Obama’s campaign promises and measure the progress of his presidency. Using our new Obameter, we will track each promise — we’ve identified 510 of them — and rate whether it was kept, broken or compromised. Those ratings will be tallied on our Web site, creating an up-to-the-minute report card on the Obama White House. [Emphasis mine.]

Here’s the home page for the Obamameter (a sub-head to their Truth-Meter). Two have already been kept before he even takes office!

You may get weary of seeing the same Obama face, so here’s a couple of suggestions for PoliFact. For the promises kept, get a video of Obama dancing with Ellen. Find another appropriate video for “In the works.” I’d think of more, but do I have to do all their work for them?

Although, with Obama backing off campaign promises already, one wonders if PoliFact will have anything to do.

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