9 Campaign Promises That Obama Has Broken

Obama Bites Lip Jobs

Photo: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

There’s an old saying about promises, “They’re like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver.”And presidents know it best. 

Be it George H.W. Bush’s famous “Read my lips” moment to Bill Clinton’s promise of health care reform, a president keeping their word is a rare feat. And our current president is no different.

You can call them misstatements, compromises, concessions, or lies, but Obama has broken quite a few of campaign promises and big time. Here are some of the biggest.

No Super PACs

The Promise: While running for president in 2008, then Senator Barack Obama, in all his fresh-faced, dark haired enthusiasm, pledges that a vote for him means a vote for a candidate who won't be swayed by the influence of special interests and Super PACs.

'If you choose change, you will have a nominee who doesn't take a dime from Washington lobbyists and PACs,

Closing Gitmo

Goodbye Bush Tax Cuts

The Promise: Throughout his campaign, Obama played the not-Bush card a lot. And one thing he promised was ending the Bush-era tax cuts, which gave breaks to some of the richest Americans.

The Reality: Obama agreed to temporarily extend the tax cuts in exchange for extending unemployment benefits and reduction of Social Security taxes. With the 2012 election on the horizon, Obama has now stepped up his criticism of the current tax code and is pushing to raise taxes on the wealthy.

Source: whitehouse.gov

Get Cap-And-Trade Passed

No New Taxes For Families Making Under $250,000

The Promise: In his campaign, Obama pledged that Americans making less than $250,000 would not see 'any form of tax increase.' Simple as that.

The Reality: But sixteen days into his presidency, Obama signed into law and increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, and with that, all the smokers making less that $250,000 a year saw their taxes go up.

Source: The Daily Caller

Encourage states to guarantee same-sex couples are treated equally in regards to family and adoption laws

Send people to the Moon by 2020...and then Mars

Guarantee that employees get at least 7 paid sick days per year

The Promise: During the 2008 campaign, Obama listed on his website his support for a federal guarantee that all employers provide seven paid sick days per year.

The Reality: In the first year of this presidency, Obama expressed support for the Healthy Families Act. However the bill stalled in committee. It is unlikely that this bill, or any version of this bill, will pass anytime soon now that the Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives.

Source: Department of labour

Introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of his first year in office

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