Tracking politicians' promises

The Obameter

Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises

GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

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Support college credit initiatives

The Promise:

"Will create a national "Make College a Reality" initiative that has a bold goal to increase students taking AP or college-level classes nationwide 50 percent by 2016, and will build on Obama's bipartisan proposal in the U.S. Senate to provide grants for students seeking college level credit at community colleges if their school does not provide those resources."


Update September 22nd, 2016: Enrollment, funding increases had good starts but didn’t last

Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

The Promise:

Will support "a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens."


Update September 21st, 2016: Path to citizenship promise under Obama looks dead

Cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years

The Promise:

"He set a goal to lead the world in college graduates by 2020, and cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years, a goal that will save the typical student thousands of dollars a year, and proposed bringing together community colleges and businesses to train 2 million Americans for good jobs that actually exist now and are waiting to be filled."


Update September 12th, 2016: We'll give college tuition promise partial credit

Double funding for Federal Charter School Program and require more accountability

The Promise:

"Will double funding for the Federal Charter School Program to support the creation of more successful charter schools. An Obama-Biden administration will provide this expanded charter school funding only to states that improve accountability for charter schools, allow for interventions in struggling charter schools and have a clear process for closing down chronically underperforming charter schools. An Obama-Biden administration will also prioritize supporting states that help the most successful charter schools to expand to serve more students."


Update September 12th, 2016: Increased funding for charter schools, but not doubled

Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Promise:

"Barack Obama has been a strong and consistent advocate for fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Congress promised to shoulder 40 percent of each state's "excess cost" of educating children with disabilities, but it has never lived up to this obligation. Currently, the federal government provides less than half of the promised funding (17 percent)."


Update September 12th, 2016: IDEA school funding bills are in detention

End the war in Afghanistan in 2014

The Promise:

"President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq and will end the war in Afghanistan in 2014."


Update July 6th, 2016: Obama increases U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan past 2016

Recognize the Armenian genocide

The Promise:

"Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term 'genocide' to describe Turkey's slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. … as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide."

Update May 11th, 2016: In two terms, no mention of Armenian 'genocide'

Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

The Promise:

"As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo."


Update February 24th, 2016: Obama releases plan to close Guantanamo, but enactment unlikely

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 January 14th, 2016: U.S. petroleum consumption showing no sign of steep drop

Create a tax credit of $500 for workers

The Promise:

Enact a Making Work Pay tax credit that would equal 6.2 percent of up to $8,100 of earnings (yielding a maximum credit of approximately $500). Indexed for inflation.


Update January 11th, 2016: On-and-off enactment of worker tax credit earns Obama a Compromise

Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

The Promise:

Will support "a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens."


Update January 11th, 2016: Congress refuses Obama's goal of a path to citizenship

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 January 11th, 2016: Obama omits assault weapons ban from his 2016 gun violence reduction plan

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 January 11th, 2016: Obama takes executive action to better enforce gun laws

Crack down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants

The Promise:

"Will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants."

Update January 6th, 2016: Obama has mixed record on immigration worksite enforcement

Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

The Promise:

"As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo."


Update November 30th, 2015: 'Disappointed' Obama signs defense bill making it harder to close Gitmo