Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Crunch time: the Obameter is turning red

With Republicans controlling the House, many of Obama's promises have been rated Stalled or Broken.
With Republicans controlling the House, many of Obama's promises have been rated Stalled or Broken.

Nineteen months into his presidency, Barack Obama is finding it tougher to fulfill his campaign promises.

By our count he's fulfilled 120 of them, including many that were in the economic stimulus bill and the Democratic overhaul of health care. He's also fulfilled many through simple presidential muscle, by issuing executive orders or taking other actions that don't need congressional approval.

But as Obama faces a polarized Congress with limited political capital, it has become increasingly difficult to keep his promises. Some of our recent ratings:

* Promise Broken for his pledge to push hard for immigration reform in his first year. We didn't catch this promise when we first put together our list, but it wasn't fulfilled in his first year because of the emphasis on health care.

* Compromise for his promise to eliminate the disparity between crack and powder cocaine. We found the disparity was reduced but not eliminated.

* Promise Broken for his pledge to provide an annual report on the state of our energy future.

To keep up with his promises, check our Obameter page, which has a running tally with our latest ratings. Our latest count:

Kept -- 120
Compromise -- 39
Broken -- 22
Stalled -- 81
In the Works -- 241