Tracking politicians' promises

The Obameter

Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises

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Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

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Increase penalties against North Korea if it continues developing nuclear weapons

The Promise:

"President Obama will also continue to confront North Korea, another regime that ignores its international obligations by developing nuclear weapons and missile technology, with a stark choice: take verifiable steps toward denuclearization or face increasing isolation and costs from the United States and the international community."


Update December 9th, 2016: Obama followed through on sanctions promises, but nothing really moved the needle

Make sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon

The Promise:

"But to the issue of Iran, as long as I'm president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon."


Update December 9th, 2016: Iran has no nuclear capability yet

Make buildings more energy efficient

The Promise:

"Will establish a goal of making all new buildings carbon neutral, or produce zero emissions, by 2030. They will also establish a national goal of improving new building efficiency by 50 percent and existing building efficiency by 25 percent over the next decade to help us meet the 2030 goal."


Update December 9th, 2016: Buildings are more efficient, but not as much as Obama promised

Oppose efforts to privatize Social Security

The Promise:

"And we will keep the promise of Social Security, strengthen it, but we won't turn it over to Wall Street."


Update December 9th, 2016: Social Security avoided privatization moves during Obama's tenure

Double American exports over the next five years

The Promise:

"President Obama set a goal to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016 and is working to double American exports over the next five years by promoting U.S. goods and removing trade barriers, expanding access to credit, and promoting strong growth."


Update December 8th, 2016: Exports didn't double; they are barely keeping pace with 2012

Work to renew the assault weapons ban

The Promise:

"My belief is that we have to enforce the laws we've already got, make sure that we're keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, those who are mentally ill. We've done a much better job in terms of background checks, but we've got more to do when it comes to enforcement. But weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."


Update December 8th, 2016: Congress doesn't zero in on assault weapons ban bills

Better enforce gun laws

The Promise:

"My belief is that we have to enforce the laws we've already got, make sure that we're keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, those who are mentally ill. We've done a much better job in terms of background checks, but we've got more to do when it comes to enforcement. But weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."


Update December 8th, 2016: Obama used executive powers to augment existing laws

Reduce oil consumption by 35 percent by 2030

The Promise:

Will "reduce oil consumption overall by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels of oil, by 2030."


Update December 8th, 2016: Oil consumption continues to rise despite new regulations

Ban racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies

The Promise:

"Will sign legislation that will ban the practice of racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies and provide federal funding to state and local police departments if they adopt policies to prohibit the practice."


Update December 8th, 2016: Without a new law, Justice Department updates racial profiling guidelines

Train and equip the Afghan army

The Promise:

"Barack Obama will strengthen the training and equipping of the Afghan army and police and increase Afghan participation in U.S. and NATO missions, so that there is more of an Afghan face on security."


Update December 8th, 2016: Afghan forces take the lead but still need U.S. help

Overhaul the corporate tax code and reduce the rate for manufacturing companies

The Promise:

"Reforming the corporate tax code to bring down tax rates on domestic manufacturers by nearly a quarter -- while closing tax preferences and loopholes to pay for it."


Update December 7th, 2016: Corporate tax code resists change

End tax deductions for companies that offshore

The Promise:

"Ending tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas, and using the saving to create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs home."


Update December 7th, 2016: No traction for offshoring pledge

Create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs to the United States from overseas

The Promise:

"Ending tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas, and using the saving to create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs home."


Update December 7th, 2016: Jobs tax credit idea dead upon legislative arrival

Cut another $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion in spending

The Promise:

"I'll make sure the government does its part by cutting away spending we don't need. We've already cut a trillion dollars of spending we didn't need and we can do more. I want to do another trillion, trillion and a half of cuts."


Update December 5th, 2016: He presided over significant cuts, but not necessarily as high as promised

Make the Veterans Administration a national leader in health reform

The Promise:

"Make the VA a leader of national health care reform. … This includes efforts to improve electronic records interoperability, expand effectiveness research, promote wellness programs, and instill more accountability for performance and quality improvement initiatives."


Update December 5th, 2016: VA: Progress on some fronts but not all