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    Posted January 15, 2013 by
    FallonStone
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    Obama’s next four years

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    If Obama could only do one thing in the next four years, I hope that one thing is honoring his campaign promises. I realize that is akin to asking for a thousand wishes of a genie who has only granted you one, but hey, it’s the least he could do.
    President Obama has made tons of promises during his 2012 election campaign; promises spanning everything from foreign policy to LGBT rights to the creation of one million manufacturing jobs. Fortunately, we can glance back at his first term to see how well he fared in the campaign promise-keeping department over the last four years.
    Thank goodness for Politifact.com. Their “Obameter” is a measure of Obama’s progress with over 500 promises made during the 2008 campaign. As of today, Obama has kept 47% of the 500+ promises. He has compromised on 25% and broken 23%. 4% of his first-term campaign promises are currently in the works and 1% of them were stalled.
    This is a pretty good track record considering the massive opposition he received in his first four years. After all, Republican Mitch McConnell stated in a National Journal interview on Oct 23, 2010, “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.”
    With such staunch opposition, adherence to 47% of his campaign promises isn’t bad, but I’d like to see better this go around. Mr. President, let’s shoot for 100% promises either kept or compromised. That is not outside the realm of possibility. Most of the people in this great nation are behind you. They are willing to work to ensure that the changes you promised come to fruition. You were elected under the principles you stand for, the discernible content of your character, and the promises you made. Now let’s work on keeping those promises!
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