It’s been nearly two weeks since Hope and Change was elected, and already we’re seeing changes to what Obama campaigned on and claimed during his historic rise to power. There’s going to be one ever-growing list here, where I’ll be compiling a list of all of the Obama Nuance fit to blog about.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Hope and Change was elected, and already we’re seeing changes to what Obama campaigned on and claimed during his historic rise to power.
As an update, there’s a big list of O’promises by President Obama at the St. Petersburg Times (thanks, Eric). He’s got over 500 to take care of. Good news? He’s fulfilled one promise to get his girls a puppy (yes, it’s an actual promise that’s in the “Kept” column). Bear in mind there’s a load of “No Action” promises on there about taxes that may have been far more helpful to have kept with the Economic Stimulus Package.
#1) Obama said Ayers was “a guy who lives in my neighbohood“. Now Ayers has recently come out and said that’s he’s had a very close relationship with Obama.
Defenders of the lie: Washington Post.
Relevance of lie: 9 out of 10.
#2) Obama swore up and down that he was not going to have any lobbyist money in his campaign. Then later he corrected it to ‘not dominating the White House‘. Now he’ll have to do it again as it’s been revealed that there are many lobbyists on his transition team. I’m thinking, “I won’t have any lobbysits in my janitorial staff!”
Relevance of lie: 10 of 10. This was the cornerstone of the Hope and Change meme. People didn’t want special interests running Washington. Now Obama has some as his transition staff, and I’m sure he’ll land some in his cabinet. I’ll cut him a little slack, stating that anyone who’s anyone has been a lobbyist of some kind or another in D.C. However, this just illustrates more of the outright deception by The One.
#3) On Indefinite Detention, Obama once said he would not hold terrorists indefinitely. Well, now that he thinks about it, yeah, it’s not a bad idea.
Relevance of lie: 5 of 10. I don’t think most except the most nutty Leftists are really going to be bent out of shape about this. What it may hurt Obama with is the support he gets from the legal circles that have been most upset about this.
#4) In the same vein as #1 up top, seems Barack was front & center for 20 years of Black Liberation Theology. So we should be concerned that Barack is so casual with his religion he’ll toss his spiritual advisors under the bus without so much a “how do you do”, or he’s simply lying that his association with Wright was as just friends and occasional Church goer. (Hint: it’s the latter.)
Relevance of lie: 9 of 10. Wright’s point of view in this theology (and therefore Barack’s) was very militant and approaches the Marxist line that concerns critics of Black Liberation Theology. Whatever Barack was getting in the pews, it was almost certainly extremist. One person who’s been under the radar in this whole debacle is Michelle Obama. She was sitting next to Barack as well, and has been formative in his career as well as her children’s upbringing. If she truly objected to what Wright was saying for 20 years, she should have moved the kids out of there. But she didn’t.
#5) During the campaign Obama promised to create 5 Million new jobs in renewable energy. Now Obama’s promising to create 2.5 million new jobs, and only some of them are going to be renewable energy.
Relevance: 8 of 10. He’s already invoking “nuance” to his campaign promises, and it’s been 3 weeks since his election. I guess you can say and promise anything, and nobody’s going to call you on it. There’s no mention of his promise in the story, nor anywhere else in the mainstream media. We can expect a long, hard honeymoon period with Obama that will last 500 days.
Update to #5: He’s now saying he’s going to save jobs. It’s a great line. There’s no way to prove that his policies have saved any jobs. While he’s at it, he should say, “My policies will prevent the impact of a giant, earth ending asteroid!” Or “My policies will stave off the impending invasion of Islamic dolphins!”
#6) We keep hearing he’s going to close Gitmo, a pledge made during the campaign to appease the NutRoots. But it seems he’s not really going to do it– well, he’s going to issue the esecutive order to close it, but he may not actually get around to closing it for 3-4 years.
Revelance: 7 out of 10. There’s only so much backpedaling you can do before people start waking up. Doing it all before the Glorification of the Obamamessiah on January 20 is a good strategy, as all that drinking will certainly kill the memory of those promises.
#7) Stem Cell Research. Obama pledged to reverse Bush’s executive orders on Federal funding for stem cell. Now, hs’e planning on meeting with Congress to hash something out about it.
Relevance: 2 out of 10. Something we’ve expected him to do. He just feels that having 200+ member of Congress riding shotgun, he won’t get as much heat. And he’s right.
#8) Coal power. I figured that Obama’s pledge during the campaign to put Big Coal out of business was a great idea to buzz the NutRoot Enviroloons. Unfortunately, Coal generates a large amount of electricity in this country, so Obama can’t just shut it all down to become Carbon Friendly. He seems to be working backwards on his pledge, but remember that the EPA will have a bigger say in what will happen. Given James Hansen’s panties are in a bunch again, there may be more pressure to do more to curb carbon emissions.
Relevance: 3 of 10. Obama’s laying down so much cover for policies, I have no idea what he means or what he stands for. I figure he’s so inexperienced that now that he’s had his first official rounds of briefings, he’s got to do something to moderate all of the crazy ideas he’s been dropping on the campaing trail. Given what he’s said about coal, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion he’s still going to do what he can to screw Big Coal.
#9) Review of Legislation. Seems as though the 1000 page stimulus (certainly stimulating the paper industry!) is due to land of Pres. Obama’s desk, and nobody in the Senate has read it all. Obama’s on vacation, and we still don’t know what’s being stimulated.
Relevance: 10 out of 10. Again, people want Change in D.C. It certainly seems Obama is not planning on keeping any promises. As other people have noticed, Obama’s declarations come with an expiration date. I’m sure the American people are going to run into an expiration date with their patience for such a ham-handed core of leadership with Pelosi, Reid and Obama.
10) The Fairness Doctrine. Obama has already definitively stated that he will not revisit the Fairness Doctrine. So his staff and spokespersons should be out there, telling the world that he won’t be revisiting the Fairness Doctrine. But guess what, they’re a bit fuzzy on the idea…
Relevance: 5 out of 10. Obama’s already shown how bipartisan he wants to be by attacking Republicans left and right, including singling out Rush Limbaugh. So what’s the big deal? If he spins so fast on his word, he’s can virtually say anything and know nobody believes what he says. He’s really tanking on the whole Hope and Change meme, and you can expect all of this to surface in 2010 and 2012.
#11) The Bipartisan Pledge. Thanks Matt. I can’t believe I forgot this one. Obama was all over the place, even before running for President, talking about his “Purple America”. He pledged during the campaign to build a bipartisan government. In fact, his bipartisan positions were such a joke, that the one Republican he did get on board (Senator Gregg) dropped out because he was going to have his oversight of the census removed. He’s told Republicans that they have to get used to him because “He won”.
Relevance: 10 of 10. Obama was such a monumental force because people bought into his Purple America BS. And it’s just BS. His Purple America looks a lot like Blue to me.