Is Obama Keeping His Campaign Promises?

Jan 18, 2010 2:06pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Behind the promise of President Obama’s tenure in office, there are the promises. One year in to his presidency, with Guantanamo Bay still open and health care talks going on without C-SPAN cameras invited inside, it’s a mixed bag. The folks over at Politifact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking Web site launched by the St. Petersburg Times, have a new report out judging the president’s first year in office. 
 
Of 502 specific campaign promises they tallied up, Obama has fulfilled only 91. On another 33, he can claim partial success. Most of the rest are somewhere in between — like getting graded an “incomplete.” And Politifact found 15 instances — including the C-SPAN pledge — of “promises broken.” We discussed in on ABC’s “Top Line” today with Bill Adair, Politifact’s editor, and the Washington bureau chief of the St. Pete Times. Watch that discussion HERE. Does Obama pay a price for his specificity as a candidate? The folks at The Daily Show made that case recently. Watch that video HERE. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 1px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; font-weight: bold; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; COLOR: #333; PADDING-TOP: 2px; text-decoration: none" colSpan=2 target="_blank" href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-7-2010/stealth-care-reform" Stealth Care Reform www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show
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