The Obameter

Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises

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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 above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

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

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 October 15th, 2015: Obama delays U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, again

Help restore Gulf Coast wetlands that protect against hurricanes

The Promise:

“Barack Obama will help the Gulf Coast restore the wetlands, marshes and barrier islands that are critical to tamping down the force of hurricanes. He will work with local governments to develop the best strategies for protecting and expanding wetlands. As president, Obama will immediately close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, which experts say funneled floodwater into New Orleans.”


Update August 20th, 2015: Unexpected aid from Deepwater Horizon

Restore housing in New Orleans

The Promise:

"Will work with the state to establish a goal for approving all Road Home applications within two months...Will also work to increase the supply of rental property, which is particularly important in New Orleans where 57 percent of pre-Katrina residents were renters."


Update August 20th, 2015: Demand for rental property has not been met

Direct revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to increased coastal hurricane protection

The Promise:

"Will also direct revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to increased coastal hurricane protection."


Update August 20th, 2015: A campaign promise long since abandoned

Improve transportation in New Orleans

The Promise:

"Will help the New Orleans area develop regional transit partnerships so that public transit can be integrated across parish lines, providing seamless transportation options, including a possible light rail line to connect New Orleans and Baton Rouge through the petrochemical corridor in between."


Update August 20th, 2015: Transportation isn't better, state partly to blame

Establish special crime programs for the New Orleans area

The Promise:

"Will finish rebuilding the region's criminal justice system so that we do not have to rely on the National Guard to patrol city streets..Will establish a special "COPS for Katrina" program to allow communities impacted by the storm to hire and retain new officers and community prosecutors, develop community-based crime fighting strategies, and rebuild their lost infrastructure... Will strengthen Drug Enforcement Administration efforts to stop the reestablishment of drug gangs across the region...Will help local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies come together to establish an integrated regional crime control partnership so that each police chief and sheriff doesn't have to face these crime problems alone."


Update August 20th, 2015: COPS money and a consent decree for New Orleans police

Strengthen the levees in New Orleans

The Promise:

"Will ensure that New Orleans has a levee and pumping system to protect the city against a 100-year storm by 2011, with the ultimate goal of protecting the entire city from a Category 5 storm."


Update August 19th, 2015: Improved, but not Category 5 level protection

Rebuild hospitals in New Orleans

The Promise:

"Will rebuild broken facilities and provide incentives, such as loan forgiveness, to lure medical professionals back to the region. They will fight to establish a major medical complex in downtown New Orleans that will serve the entire community. They will also push to quickly build a new, state-of-the-art Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans so that the city's veterans can get top-quality care."


Update August 19th, 2015: Some setbacks, but more progress