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President Obama’s Promises: Kept & Broken

November 5, 2012

Here are the most important promises he kept, broke, or never made.


  1. Ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees (fight government corruption)
  2. Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq
  3. No permanent bases in Iraq
  4. Require economic justification for tax changes (fight for tax reform)
  5. Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles (reduce the military budget)
  6. Repeal don’t ask don’t tell (fight discrimination)
  7. Fight for health care reform
  8. Create an international tax haven watch list
  9. Strengthen antitrust enforcement
  10. Centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters (fight political corruption)


  1. Protect whistleblowers
  2. End the use of torture (Politifact says he kept this promise, but he didn’t. Of course, he did ban certain types of torture at least.)
  3. Restrict warantless wiretaps


  1. Close Guatanimo Bay
  2. Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes
  3. Create a public option health plan for a new National Health Insurance Exchange.
  4. End the use of extreme rendition
  5. Eliminate all oil and gas tax loopholes
  6. Secure nuclear weapons materials in four years
  7. Enact measures to prevent nuclear fuel from becoming nuclear bombs
  8. Restore habeas corpus rights for “enemy combatants” (right to a fair trial) (More information.)
  9. Limit subsidies for agribusiness  (end subsidies for big business)

Potentially unethical decisions

  1. Didn’t end the war in Afganistan
  2. False imprisonment
  3. Bailed out the banks with no strings attached
  4. Bad record against whistleblowers
  5. Kept a journalist in prison to shut him up
  6. A bad record on transparency
  7. Fought for blanket immunity for bank fraud
  8. Against the right to a fair trial (of US citizens)
  9. Used drone strikes against rescue workers in Pakistan
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