By claire |
In terms of New Year’s Resolutions, no one had it worse than President Barack Obama. With a laundry list of problems left behind by the prior administration and the pressure on in the court of public opinion, then President-Elect Obama had an awful lot of resolutions to keep–most of them made during his campaign. (See the funniest of them as promised by Barack Obama on the Late Show with David Letterman.)
Almost six months have gone by since Barack Obama took office….so how does the new President rate in keeping his New Year’s Resolutions?
Well, that depends on who you talk to. It seems there’s a lot of debate as to how the President is keeping up with his campaign promises…but for a clear and (mostly) unbiased opinon, check out PolitiFact.com’s aptly named “Obamameter.”
To create the Obamameter, the political gurus at PolitiFact compiled 500 promises made by the Obama-Biden campaign. Politifact is tracking the development of each of these five hundred problems by breaking them down into six categories, including “Promise Kept,” “Promise Broken,” “Comprimise” and “In the Works.” PolitiFact has categorized a whopping 398 promises as “No Action.” But, don’t forget President Obama has four years to complete the full 500.
So, how accurate is the Obamameter? Well PolitiFact.com, the self-proclaimed “Truth-o-meter” created and maintained by the staff of the St. Petersburgh (FL) Times, did win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting, which is no small feat. Still not convinced? Check out a report conducted by PBS’ “The News Hour” that discusses the process behind the Obamameter.
So, is President Obama following through? I guess the best answer I can give you is read the facts, decide for yourself and leave comments here to get the conversation started.