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November 2, 2012

Reader Viewpoint: Obama broke his promises of the 2008 campaign

On Sept. 7, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama said “Washington is broken. My whole campaign has been premised from the start on the idea that we have to fundamentally change how Washington works.” Four years later, he said, “You can’t change Washington from the inside.” According to his own words, Obama’s entire 2008 campaign was based on a false premise. Let’s see what else he got wrong.

President Obama has repeatedly promised that he would have the most transparent administration ever. He promised televised health care bill meetings, and that bills would be posted on the Internet for five days before he signed them. Neither of these promises were kept. He criticized GW Bush for “hiding behind executive privilege” concerning the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, but did not hesitate to use executive privilege himself to hide the facts concerning the deadly “Fast & Furious” gunrunning scandal. And, while there is no doubt that the story about the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack will continue to evolve before this goes to print, it’s already very obvious that this administration has not been honest about it. During the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, President Obama claimed that he identified Benghazi as a terror attack in his Rose Garden speech of Sept. 13. But if he truly thought that it was a terrorist attack, why did he and his surrogates spend the next several days telling everyone that there was a riot about an offensive video?

When Osama bin Laden was killed, the president said “We don’t need to spike the football.” Yet, he has been doing that very thing ever since. Both Obama’s Secretary of Defense and his CIA director at the time offered harsh criticism over the amount of information that was leaked about the bin Laden raid. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said, “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks” concerning other classified operations.

It’s not just the leaks. It’s not just that Obama has skipped over half of his intelligence briefings. For me, the scariest national security issue is the infamous “open mic” remarks made during a private meeting on March 16. Obama asked Russian president Medvedev to ask (incoming Russian president) Putin to “give me space”on missile defense. After my election, I have more flexibility.” What could this possibly mean but Obama wants to do things with Russia that the majority of Americans won’t like?

In 2009, he told us we had to pass the $800 billion stimulus bill. He promised that the stimulus would provide millions of “shovel ready jobs,” and that it would ensure that unemployment would not exceed 8 percent. A year and a half later, he laughingly admitted that there was actually “no such thing as a shovel ready job.” September 2012 marked the 43rd consecutive month with unemployment above 8 percent.

In 2008, candidate Obama had lots of criticism for GW Bush. He called Bush’s deficit spending “unpatriotic,” and said that kind of spending indicated a “failure in leadership.” And yet, Obama has created a greater amount of debt in four years than Bush piled up in eight years. Obama promised to “cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term.” Instead, he has added over $6 trillion to our debt.

“One nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got four years,”Obama told Matt Lauer on Feb. 9, 2009. He went on to say “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

He had a very tough job to do, no question. But, he asked for the job, and said he could fix the problems. He hasn’t. What would he do differently if re-elected? He told the crowd at the 2012 DNC to be ready for “the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued.” FDR did not get us out of the Depression (and many people think his policies actually extended the Depression). But, at least FDR’s experimentation created jobs and infrastructure. I’m afraid that we cannot endure another four years of Obama’s experiments.

 

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