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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:20 PM
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So far Obama has kept 5 promises, compromised on 1, broke none, stalled on 1, & has 14 in the works
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 04:25 PM by mtnsnake
according to the Obameter from Politifact.com.

I first heard of the Obameter on TV where they said that Obama made more campaign pledges than Bush and Bill Clinton combined. They also said that this is the first president they're doing this kind of a meter with.

Apparently, they're going to keep track of the 500 campaign promises that President Obama made during his campaign and report how he fares on each and every one of them.

The one category that I don't like how they have it worded is the one that says "No Action". I think they should change that to "No Action Yet" so it's more fair to Obama, considering it's going to take so much time for him to address them all. Maybe if enough of us contact them about that they'll change it. The way it stands now, it might give the wrong perception to an inexperienced observer.

See what you think of it:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises /

On edit: Check out promise #502, which is one of them in that's "In the Works." LOL
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:25 PM
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1. I told them it should be "no action yet" as
those things take more time.
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:30 PM
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3. Thanks, I wrote them, too.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:27 PM
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2. The #5 EIC is the Make Work Pay credit
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promis... /

There are a few others that they've got marked as no-action that are in the stimulus. We'll see how fair they are.
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:33 PM
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5. Nice catch. We DU'ers will have to be their watchdogs
& give 'em a little "help" when they need it.
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:32 PM
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4. good information there
and cute graphics






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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:36 PM
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6. Yeah, at the very least, there is a vast wealth of info available there
but like sandnsea mentioned above, we'll see how fair they are. If they aren't fair with Obama, they'll feel the wrath of DU upon them! ;)
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:40 PM
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8. and you know the info will be twisted
"Obama only kept 1% of his promises!!!! Politifact says so!!!!" :eyes:
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:48 PM
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9. That's why I want them to at least change that the wording of the last category
so it doesn't give an unfair perception of Obama.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:37 PM
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7. OMG, he hasn't done what he promised!!!
:sarcasm: I am very happy with what he has done in the last 3 1/2 days and am confident he will continue to work on this list. No, he hasn't had action on everything yet. Patience, give the man a few more days. It will also be interesting to see if they put "blocked by republicans" on ones he can't act on.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:54 PM
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10. St. Petersburg, Fla ???? That's not Obama country, son.
There may be a method to their "No Action" focus.

I e-mailed them anyhow, and rec this.
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:03 PM
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11. And then people wonder why
articles like this sadly hit the nail on the head.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:19 PM
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12. MediaMatters doesn't think much of the scorecard
http://mediamatters.org/items/200901230018?f=h_top

Unfortunately, PolitiFact's effort seems to lack a much-needed sense of perspective. PolitiFact has compiled a list of what it describes as 510 promises Obama made during his presidential campaign and plans to rate each a "Promise Kept," a "Promise Broken," or a "Compromise."

But PolitiFact does not distinguish between promises large and small, or between those that are urgent and those that might well be considered luxuries during times of economic crisis. Instead, it lumps them all together in a list of 510, topped by a box score tallying up the number of promises kept, broken, compromised, stalled, in the works, and with no action taken.

And so Obama's promise to "get his daughters a puppy" is given as much weight as his promise to "sign a 'universal' health care bill." His pledges to "push for a college football playoff system" and to "expand access to places to hunt and fish" are treated as though they are as important as his promises to extend unemployment insurance benefits and restore habeas corpus rights and end warrantless wiretaps. His promise to "expand the Senior Corps volunteer program" and his promise to "direct military leaders to end the war in Iraq" are given equal treatment.

President Obama has inherited a nation that faces serious problems. The news media will not serve their readers and viewers well if they obsess over whether Obama has kept 64 percent of his promises or 72 percent -- or if they pretend that a college football playoff system is as important as a successful economic recovery package.
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:35 PM
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14. MediaMatters makes some excellent points.
I think the Obammeter will be okay if we take it with a grain of salt and if we do our best to make sure they're fair to Obama.

Thanks for the heads-up with the MediaMatters article.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:20 PM
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13. Loopholes are promising also.
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:44 PM
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15. Yo Politifact: He's the President, not Superman!
He hasn't been in the office a week and he's already being graded?
For him to turn this country around will be short of a miracle.
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