The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises

PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

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Develop a comprehensive cyber security and response strategy

The Promise:

"Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure that his administration develops a Cyber Security Strategy that ensures that we have the ability to identify our attackers and a plan for how to respond that will be measured but effective."

Update March 21st, 2014:

Progress on a framework, but trust shattered by Snowden revelations

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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 March 6th, 2014:

Since he made this promise in 2012, exports aren't on a pace to double

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Create a new trade enforcement unit that will address China's trade practices

The Promise:

Standing up for American workers and businesses in the global marketplace, taking on China's unfair trade practices through a new trade enforcement unit to level the playing field.


Update March 6th, 2014:

The unit has been created, but we're waiting on its results

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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 March 6th, 2014:

'Privatizers' aren't exactly on the warpath, but Obama reiterates pledge

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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 March 6th, 2014:

Budget proposal shows Obama is still fighting for it, despite lack of interest in Congress

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Create a veterans job corps

The Promise:

"I want to create a veterans job corps, so we can put our returning heroes back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them."


Update March 6th, 2014:

Initiative hasn't gone far in Congress, but Obama is still pushing for it

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Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

The Promise:

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


Update February 27th, 2014:

Small but tangible progress moves the meter off of Promise Broken

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Require automatic enrollment in IRA plans

The Promise:

Require employers who do not offer retirement plans to offer their workers access to automatic IRAs and contribute via payroll deduction.


Update February 21st, 2014:

Obama's 'myRA' plan means progress on IRA enrollment

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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 November 21st, 2013:

Better protection for most, but not the intelligence community

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Expand the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity

The Promise:

Will "place the weight of (his) administration behind...a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."


Update November 5th, 2013:

Senate moves ahead on measure to stop job discrimination against gays and lesbians

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Give annual "State of the World" address

The Promise:

"I'll give an annual 'State of the World' address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy."


Update October 31st, 2013:

Six years after promise, still no 'State of the World' address

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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 October 18th, 2013:

Too soon for final ruling on nuclear Iran, but progress is being made

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Reduce federal aid to colleges that don't keep costs down

The Promise:

"I've told Congress, let's steer federal aid to schools that are doing a good job keeping tuition affordable and provide good value and serve their students well. If you're getting federal student loans -- colleges and universities -- you shouldn't just be loading up a whole bunch of debt on your students. You've got to figure out how are you working to make sure that they can afford their education."


Update August 23rd, 2013:

Step #1: Build a yardstick to measure performance

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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 August 23rd, 2013:

While waiting on congress, the White House is taking steps

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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 August 9th, 2013:

President proposed it in Chattanooga speech, though odds in Congress are long

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