Tracking politicians' promises

The Obameter

Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises

GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

Promises we’ve rated recently

Create Teacher Residency Programs that will send teachers to high-need schools

The Promise:

Will "create Teacher Residency Programs that will supply 30,000 exceptionally well-prepared recruits to high-need schools."

Update October 25th, 2016: Recruitment numbers remain unclear ... bring out the red pen

Create a secretary of business and consolidate nine goverment agencies on business into one

The Promise:

"I’ve said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA [the Small Business Administration] or helping companies with exports. There should be a one-stop shop. Now, the reason we haven’t done that is not because of some big ideological difference. It has to do with Congress talking a good game about wanting to streamline government, but being very protective about not giving up their jurisdiction over various pieces of government."

Update October 21st, 2016: Idea to create a secretary of business finally runs out of steam

Increase protections for whistleblowers

The Promise:

"Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government."

Update October 13th, 2016: Gains for ordinary workers, mixed bag for intel staffers

Mandate insurance coverage of autism treatment

The Promise:

"Will mandate insurance coverage of autism treatment and will also continue to work with parents, physicians, providers, researchers, and schools to create opportunities and effective solutions for people with ASD (autism spectrum disorders)."

Update October 12th, 2016: Autism coverage mandate varies across states and health plans

Give the White House's Privacy and Civil Liberties Board subpoena power

The Promise:

"Strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board with subpoena powers and reporting responsibilities."

Update October 12th, 2016: Some changes but still no direct subpoena power

Revise the Patriot Act to increase oversight on government surveillance

The Promise:

"As president, Barack Obama would revisit the PATRIOT Act to ensure that there is real and robust oversight of tools like National Security Letters, sneak-and-peek searches, and the use of the material witness provision."

Update October 12th, 2016: More oversight, but limits not ironclad

Enact the Buffett rule

The Promise:

"We need to have a tax code where secretaries aren't paying a (higher) tax rate than their bosses. "

Update October 6th, 2016: Millionaires still paying a smaller tax share than secretaries

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