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!”

Other sources: Hot Air, Instanpundit

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.


18 Responses to “The Running Obama Lie/Broken Promise List”

  1. 1 Becky
    November 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    This is a fantastic idea, and one of the things I thought would be good to publicise, a “scorecard” of sorts on the Obama Presidency. If nothing else, I hope it will show those who are new to voting not to vote based on what you hear during a campaign. As a long time voter, I was appalled at what Obama was selling, even more appalled that so many were buying it.
    On the subject of Bill Ayers, I told Fox News that I don’t think people understand what a bad guy he is because they can’t relate to that time period. If we can compare Bill Ayers to bad people today, like the ones at Columbine for example, it might take hold. Perhaps bad memories need to be invoked before they can relate to how Bill Ayers made people feel. I just hope at some point people will wake up and start asking, why IS this guy free to not only live among us, but TEACH. And why were Democrats making a big deal of John McCain and lobbyists when Obama had this kind of friends? Wow. Thats all I have to say.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. 2 Matt R.
    November 16, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    How about his promise to bring the troops home and then asks to delay the return so he gets credit? OR
    Not take money from lobby-istas and PAC’s and put more transparency in govt then refuses to name his “private” contributers? OR
    He commits to change then contributes $850,000 so ACORN can drum up votes for him, that’s about as business as usual as Chicago gets.

  3. 3 docattheautopsy
    November 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Just to be clear, this is a pre-election/post-election comparison. If I were to post a page about all lies in general, well, I’d just write a book. On any politician.

  4. 4 John A. Davison
    November 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    B. Hussein Obama will push for the bailout of every institution in his pursuit of universal socialism. The centralization of all power in a socialist government is his only goal. In a way it is appropriate that it will be the ultraliberal, ruthless Obama, a man with no respect for human life or the rule of law, who will preside over the darkest hours of the Republic. We are facing a world wide depression and I don’t believe anyone can do anything about it. The basic problem is that there are far too many large mammals whose needs can no longer be met in a world they have produced through a technology that has permanently poisoned the environment. As Martin Rees has concluded, the twenty-first will be “Our Final Century.”

  5. 5 Matt R.
    November 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    OK. Wasn’t clear on the post election thing.

  6. 6 Matt R.
    November 26, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    The promise: Change, no lobbyists, no insiders
    The reality: nothing but insiders and beltway boys

    The Promise: Gratitude to the “net roots”
    The Reality: You really didn’t think we’d hire/consult with you after the election, did you?

    The promise: reaching across the aisle for appointments
    The reality: suck it, losers

  7. 7 Matt R.
    December 23, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Hey, how about putting this in the “categories” pull down menu?
    And what message is it to hire a hip, white evangelical from SoCAl for his swearing in? So much for his Baptist roots.

  8. 8 Eric
    January 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    you people sound kind of paranoid about this whole socialist thing. socialism isn’t always a bad thing. socialism exists in America today, Take a look at places like Lansing MI, and Manitowoc WI. These places have good social programs that really benefit the people who live there. Lets look at public transportation. This is a social program. What is so evil about that I ask.

    I also Ask why you call President Barack H. Obama a lier after only 2 weeks in office. Even the my little niece who is nine knows that the world wont change over night. Give the guy a chance and be open to the possibility of a brighter future.

    Furthermore, I don’t understand this issue you right wing republicans have with abortion. Why cant you allow people to make the decisions for themselves without having to worry about radical rightwing conservaties who seem just as eager to bomb abortion clinics as terrorists are to kill Americans.

    Hope this provides some content to discuss while you eagerly anticipate the end of the world.


  9. 9 Eric
    January 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.
    The latest updates to the Obameter
    The Obameter Scorecard

    * Promise Kept 5

    * Compromise 1

    * Promise Broken 0

    * Stalled 1

    * In the Works 14

    * No Action 488

  10. 10 Abe the Honest
    January 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

    To Eric: The point isn’t that social programs are bad. The point is Socialism, as an economic system and government, is absolutely horrific. Socialism, REAL socialism, is bad. Redistributing the wealth is bad. The government attempting to reign complete control over the private sector is BAD. This is the issue.

    On the subject of obama’s lying, once again you miss the point. This isn’t a case of the world not changing fast enough. This is a case of obama going back on his word, only 3 weeks into his presidency. When he promises that he’s going to make 5 million jobs, and then promises later to only make 2.5 million, he just made himself a liar. At best, he’s inconsistant and just makes up a number every time he’s asked about it, and at worst, he’s a liar that KNOWS he can’t make 5 million, and is purposely making the number smaller.

    As far as abortion goes, we view it as killing babies. And killing babies, crazy as it sounds, we’re against. I know it’s hard to believe, but hey, that’s us.

    Glad to clear up your misunderstandings.

  11. 11 John A. Davison
    February 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    B. Hussein Obama is the most dangerous person ever to reach the Presidency. He makes Franklin Delano Roosevelt look like Bob Dole. Obama hates this nation just as does his wife Michelle and his 20 year mentor Jeremiah Wright. He is a ruthless schemer with no respect for human life or the Constitution. Lawrence Eagleburger, Nixon’s Secretery of State, properly characterized Obama as “a charlatan” and a “product of the Chicago mob.” Unfortunately, it was not until the eve of the election.

    I recommend “The Obama Nation” by Jerome Corsi for a complete documentation of Obama’s sordid past associations as well as his genetic heritage which should also not be discounted. He is the only truly dangerous person ever to occupy the Oval Office. He is bad news for an already weakened nation. His only goal is to convert the USA to the USSA. If he doesn’t get impeached for treason, his will be a one term presidency. His book, “Dreams Of My Father” is a travesty. His father was a womanizing, arrogant, alcoholic derelict and his mother was a muddle headed, ultraliberal atheist: great genetic credentials for the Presidency of the United States!

    For an independent appraisal of this loser by a fellow Afro-American, Google “Obama’s Mama.”

  12. 12 John A. Davison
    February 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I am not alone in my appraisal of Obama –

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