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August 29, 2009

President Obama’s Eulogy of Senator Edward Kennedy
by Bradley PortnoySaturday August 29 2009 11:01:19 AM

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The President just finished his eulogy of his dear friend and colleague, Senator Edward M. Kenendy. The full remarks are below.

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Mrs. Kennedy, Kara, Edward, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, members of the Kennedy family, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

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Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir to a weighty legacy; a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party; and the lion of the U.S. Senate – a man whose name graces nearly one thousand laws, and who penned more than three hundred himself.

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But those of us who loved him, and ache with his passing, know Ted Kennedy by the other titles he held: Father. Brother. Husband. Uncle Teddy, or as he was often known to his younger nieces and nephews, “The Grand Fromage,” or “The Big Cheese.” I, like so many others in the city where he worked for nearly half a century, knew him as a colleague, a mentor, and above all, a friend.

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Ted Kennedy was the baby of the family who became its patriarch; the restless dreamer who became its rock. He was the sunny, joyful child, who bore the brunt of his brothers’ teasing, but learned quickly how to brush it off. When they tossed him off a boat because he didn’t know what a jib was, six-year-old Teddy got back in and learned to sail. When a photographer asked the newly-elected Bobby to step back at a press conference because he was casting a shadow on his younger brother, Teddy quipped, “It’ll be the same in Washington.”

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This spirit of resilience and good humor would see Ted Kennedy through more pain and tragedy than most of us will ever know. He lost two siblings by the age of sixteen. He saw two more taken violently from the country that loved them. He said goodbye to his beloved sister, Eunice, in the final days of his own life. He narrowly survived a plane crash, watched two children struggle with cancer, buried three nephews, and experienced personal failings and setbacks in the most public way possible.

It is a string of events that would have broken a lesser man. And it would have been easy for Teddy to let himself become bitter and hardened; to surrender to self-pity and regret; to retreat from public life and live out his years in peaceful quiet. No one would have blamed him for that.

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But that was not Ted Kennedy. As he told us, “…[I]ndividual faults and frailties are no excuse to give in – and no exemption from the common obligation to give of ourselves.” Indeed, Ted was the “Happy Warrior” that the poet William Wordsworth spoke of when he wrote:

As tempted more; more able to endure,
As more exposed to suffering and distress;
Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.

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Through his own suffering, Ted Kennedy became more alive to the plight and suffering of others – the sick child who could not see a doctor; the young soldier sent to battle without armor; the citizen denied her rights because of what she looks like or who she loves or where she comes from. The landmark laws that he championed — the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, immigration reform, children’s health care, the Family and Medical Leave Act –all have a running thread. Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections. It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow.
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We can still hear his voice bellowing through the Senate chamber, face reddened, fist pounding the podium, a veritable force of nature, in support of health care or workers’ rights or civil rights. And yet, while his causes became deeply personal, his disagreements never did. While he was seen by his fiercest critics as a partisan lightning rod, that is not the prism through which Ted Kennedy saw the world, nor was it the prism through which his colleagues saw him. He was a product of an age when the joy and nobility of politics prevented differences of party and philosophy from becoming barriers to cooperation and mutual respect – a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots.

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And that’s how Ted Kennedy became the greatest legislator of our time. He did it by hewing to principle, but also by seeking compromise and common cause – not through deal-making and horse-trading alone, but through friendship, and kindness, and humor. There was the time he courted Orrin Hatch’s support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program by having his Chief of Staff serenade the Senator with a song Orrin had written himself; the time he delivered shamrock cookies on a china plate to sweeten up a crusty Republican colleague; and the famous story of how he won the support of a Texas Committee Chairman on an immigration bill. Teddy walked into a meeting with a plain manila envelope, and showed only the Chairman that it was filled with the Texan’s favorite cigars. When the negotiations were going well, he would inch the envelope closer to the Chairman. When they weren’t, he would pull it back. Before long, the deal was done.

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It was only a few years ago, on St. Patrick’s Day, when Teddy buttonholed me on the floor of the Senate for my support on a certain piece of legislation that was coming up for vote. I gave him my pledge, but expressed my skepticism that it would pass. But when the roll call was over, the bill garnered the votes it needed, and then some. I looked at Teddy with astonishment and asked how he had pulled it off. He just patted me on the back, and said “Luck of the Irish!”

Of course, luck had little to do with Ted Kennedy’s legislative success, and he knew that. A few years ago, his father-in-law told him that he and Daniel Webster just might be the two greatest senators of all time. Without missing a beat, Teddy replied, “What did Webster do?”

But though it is Ted Kennedy’s historic body of achievements we will remember, it is his giving heart that we will miss. It was the friend and colleague who was always the first to pick up the phone and say, “I’m sorry for your loss,” or “I hope you feel better,” or “What can I do to help?” It was the boss who was so tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
adored by his staff that over five hundred spanning five decades showed up for his 75th birthday party. It was the man who sent birthday wishes and thank you notes and even his own paintings to so many who never imagined that a U.S. Senator would take the time to think about someone like them. I have one of those paintings in my private study – a Cape Cod seascape that was a gift to a freshman legislator who happened to admire it when Ted Kennedy welcomed him into his office the first week he arrived in Washington; by the way, that’s my second favorite gift from Teddy and Vicki after our dog Bo. And it seems like everyone has one of those stories – the ones that often start with “You wouldn’t believe who called me today.”

Ted Kennedy was the father who looked after not only his own three children, but John’s and Bobby’s as well. He took them camping and taught them to sail. He laughed and danced with them at birthdays and weddings; cried and mourned with them through hardship and tragedy; and passed on that same sense of service and selflessness that his parents had instilled in him. Shortly after Ted walked Caroline down the aisle tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
and gave her away at the altar, he received a note from Jackie that read, “On you the carefree youngest brother fell a burden a hero would have begged to be spared. We are all going to make it because you were always there with your love.”

Not only did the Kennedy family make it because of Ted’s love – he made it because of theirs; and especially because of the love and the life he found in Vicki. After so much loss and so much sorrow, it could not have been easy for Ted Kennedy to risk his heart again. That he did is a testament to how deeply he loved this remarkable woman from Louisiana. And she didn’t just love him back. As Ted would often tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
acknowledge, Vicki saved him. She gave him strength and purpose; joy and friendship; and stood by him always, especially in those last, hardest days.

We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God’s plan for us.

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What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.
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This is how Ted Kennedy lived. This is his legacy. He once said of his brother Bobby that he need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, and I imagine he would say the same about himself. The greatest expectations were placed upon Ted Kennedy’s shoulders because of who he was, but he surpassed them all because of who he became. We do not weep for him today because of the prestige attached to his name or his office. We weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who persevered tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
through pain and tragedy – not for the sake of ambition or vanity; not for wealth or power; but only for the people and the country he loved.

In the days after September 11th, Teddy made it a point to personally call each one of the 177 families of tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
this state who lost a loved one in the attack. But he didn’t stop there. He kept calling and checking up on them. He fought through red tape to get them assistance and grief counseling. He invited them sailing, played with their children, and would write each family a letter whenever the anniversary of that terrible day came tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
along. To one widow, he wrote the following:

“As you know so well, the passage of time never really heals the tragic memory of such a great loss, but we carry on, because we have to, because our loved one would want us to, and because there is still light to tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
guide us in the world from the love they gave us.”

We carry on.

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Ted Kennedy has gone home now, guided by his faith and by the light of those he has loved and lost. At last he is with them once more, leaving those of us who grieve his passing with the memories he gave, the good he did, the dream he kept alive, and a single, enduring image – the image of a man on a boat; white mane tousled; smiling broadly as he sails into the wind, ready for what storms may come, carrying on toward tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon. May God Bless Ted Kennedy, and may he rest in eternal peace.

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remembrances for the family, at TedKennedy.org.
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The President’s Weekly Address
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by Christopher HassSaturday August 29 2009 07:12:46 AM
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“They’re trying to scare seniors”
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by Bradley PortnoyFriday August 28 2009 11:28:32 AM

Connie, a senior and a volunteer with Organizing for America in Florida, sent out an email to fellow seniors yesterday to help set the record straight on some of the rumors and mistruths that have been circulating tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
about health insurance reform:

Special interests and insurance companies are spreading lies and trying to scare seniors into opposing health reform that will help us — just so they can protect their own profits. It’s shameful.
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My name is Connie, and I’m a senior and a volunteer with Organizing for America in Florida. I’m working to set the record straight, so I wanted to share with you a list of reasons reform will help seniors.

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I’ve already emailed this to folks I know, and printed it out to hand around — please do the same! We all need to get the truth out to as many friends and family as possible to fight these shameful lies.

President Obama’s plan for health insurance reform is good for seniors, because reform…
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… will STRENGTHEN Medicare. Reform will improve Medicare’s quality of care by cutting down on paperwork, focusing on wellness and prevention, and rewarding doctors for the care they provide instead of how many procedures they do. This all adds up to more choices and better care.
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… will NOT cut our Medicare benefits. President Obama has clearly said, “nobody is talking about cutting Medicare benefits.” And AARP agrees that reform will simply eliminate billions in giveaways via the Medicare Advantage program that boost insurance company profits — but don’t help folks like us.
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… will SAVE us money. Reform will close the doughnut hole in Medicare Part D that’s costing people so much money for prescription drugs, and eliminate co-pays for preventative care like cancer screenings and immunizations.
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… will SAVE Medicare in the long run. If we do nothing, costs will keep rising and the Medicare trust fund will be at risk of going bust within a decade. Reform will save Medicare from bankruptcy and ensure we get the care we need for years to come.
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… will HELP our loved ones. I have three children with pre-existing conditions. I live in fear that I will have to mortgage everything to pay for their care if they lose their jobs, and can’t get coverage. Reform will extend coverage for young people, stop insurance companies from charging women more or cutting care when you tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
need it most. And most importantly to me, reform will make it illegal to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

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seniors.

But insurance companies that want to protect their profits and partisan attack groups that want to weaken President Obama at any cost are spreading rumors to scare folks like us into opposing the reform we tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
need. It’s outrageous.

Each of us probably knows at least one person who is uncertain about reform. So it’s up to us to let our friends and neighbors know that reform will help them, not hurt them.
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You can start by forwarding this email to everyone you know today! You can also click here to print out a fact sheet for seniors that you can give to friends and family.

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It’s so important to get the truth out about reform.

Thanks,
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Connie L.

Florida Volunteer
Organizing for America
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Afternoon News
by Bradley PortnoyFriday August 28 2009 11:08:24 AM
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From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

[Brian] Conton didn’t expect to become a public advocate in the health care debate.

tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy All the Conyers physical therapist wanted to do was vent his frustration with the current system.

But after writing a letter that appeared in two newspapers, Conton was contacted by Organizing for America, which is trying to build grass-roots support for President Barack Obama’s policy initiatives. It asked whether he would share his views about health care with others.tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy

He recently helped organize a meeting at a home near Emory that included doctors, nurses, activists and educators…

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Alise Marshall, a regional field director with OFA, said that during the election “volunteers worked so hard not just to elect a president but to change their communities.”

Now those volunteers are holding community discussions at their homes, attending public events, knocking on doors, contacting lawmakers and calling registered voters.
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Earlier this month, retiree Beverly Reese invited a relative and several friends to her Stockbridge home to make calls for Organizing for America.

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Reese said she worries about family members who don’t have adequate insurance or any insurance at all.

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tive officer of the nonprofit National Families in Action. She recently hosted the event for Conton. During the presidential campaign, Rusche, who is not a member of OFA, led a team of Obama volunteers who registered about 2,000 new voters. Now she’s focused on health care.

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said. “People [like her] didn’t disappear.”

From the Honolulu Advertiser:

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Local organizers for President Obama yesterday delivered 6,000 signatures to the state’s congressional delegation from people who declared their support for the president’s health care reform plan.
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The signature gathering was part of a national effort by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, to build momentum for health care reform and counter some of the conservative opposition that has surfaced at town hall meetings.
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State Sen. Josh Green, D-3rd (Kohala, Kona, Ka’u), a Big Island doctor who favors the reform plan, accused opponents of spreading fear at town hall meetings, including one hosted on Tuesday night by Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, who is running in the Republican primary for Congress in urban Honolulu’s 1st Congressional District.
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“As a doctor I see people every day, in the emergency department, and they have real fear,” Green said. “Fear that is not this phony town hall fear that’s been generated. They have fear that they can’t get care for their kids. They have a child with asthma, and they don’t know whether they can afford to go to the tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
emergency department.

“That’s fear.”
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Afternoon News
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by Bradley PortnoyThursday August 27 2009 10:14:55 AM

From Arizona Central:

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A bus sporting the familiar red, white and blue logo of President Barack Obama’s campaign debuted in central Phoenix on Wednesday evening on the vanguard of a Democratic counteroffensive in support of tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
health-care reform.

Hundreds of supporters rallied at one of the earliest stops on the Democratic National Committee’s “Health Insurance Reform Now: Let’s Get it Done!” bus tour that is part of a campaign that the Democrats promise will include more than a thousand pro-reform events across the country before Congress returns to session in tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
September.

Pat Flickner, a Phoenix Democrat, said she was willing to demonstrate on a hot August night because her daughter, a dog groomer, “works her tail off” but still can’t afford health insurance.
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From the Huffington Post:

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It was 2008 all over again Wednesday night as Organizing for America (OFA), formerly Obama for America, launched their cross-country “Reform Health Care Now: Let’s Get It Done Tour” from Arizona, a state that has becoming a focus of the Democratic Party.

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The event had all of the trappings of a political campaign rally. Songs from Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign blared from a PA system as more than a thousand Obama supporters filed in. Dozens of volunteers roved the crowd signing up new volunteers to phone bank, knock on doors, and do visibility in the street. The Obama logo and health care reform slogans were everywhere — on the bus, on rally signs, on tee shirts, even on a dog sweater…
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The opening speaker told her own personal health care story. She was injured the same day as a professional athlete. She followed his progress in the news over the next couple of months as he received treatment, had surgery, and recovered. Although she had the same injury, she says she was forced to go without treatment for a few months because her health insurance company denied her claim. Just as paralysis tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economywas beginning to set in, a relative who works for a law firm that practices medical malpractice intervened, and she was able to have the surgery and treatment she needed.

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so addressed the crowd. Democratic Arizona Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who is a member of Obama’s Special Task Force on Health Reform, told the crowd that most Americans want health reform but that many have been frightened by misinformation circulating around the issue.

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“We need your voice!” Sinema told the crowd, “The people with the misinformation and the lies are the ones in front of the microphone, and they’re making people afraid of what they want, what we all need.”

From the Washington Post:
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Department said Wednesday…

One auto analyst called the program a success, if only because his research showed that it was responsible for saving 39,000 jobs that otherwise would have been eliminated.
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“It’s really more substantial than we had thought in terms of stimulus,” said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research. “This is companies putting people back to work.”

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General Motors announced last week that it will reinstate 1,350 workers and add overtime for about 10,000 at three plants, as the automaker replenishes inventory sold during the government program…

“Moribund showrooms were brought back to life and consumers bought fuel-efficient cars that will save them money and improve the environment,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economyWednesday.

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Remembering Senator Ted Kennedytracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
by Christopher HassWednesday August 26 2009 07:12:42 PM

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shaltracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
l never die.” — Senator Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

Late last night, Senator Ted Kennedy passed away at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with cancer. In a statement earlier today, President Obama called Senator Kennedy one of the tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economygreatest senators of our time, saying:

“His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise,tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just.”

In August of last year, the Democratic National Convention paid tribute to Senator Kennedy with a special retrospective look at his life and his accomplishments. You can watch the video of sotracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economyme of the highlights below:

You can visit TedKennedy.org to learn more. And you can use the comments below to share your thoughts on Senator Kennedy, his life, his work, and the dream he fought so tirelessly for.
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President Obama Speaks on the Passing of Senator Ted Kennedy
by Christopher HassWednesday August 26 2009 07:15:55 AM
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President Obama spoke this morning from Martha’s Vineyard on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy:

I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy.tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy

Over the past several years, I’ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of tracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economydread.

Since Teddy’s diagnosis last year, we’ve seen the courage with which he battled his illness. And while these months have no doubt been difficult for him, they’ve also let him hear from people in every corner of our nation and from around the world just how much he meant to all of us. His fight has given ustracking president barack obama’s campaign promises list health care energy military economy
the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you — and goodbye.

The outpouring of love, gratitude, and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just — including myself.

The Kennedy name is synonymous with the Democratic Party. And at times, Ted was the target of partisan campaign attacks. But in the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth, and good cheer. He could passionately battle others and do so peerlessly on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintain warm friendships across party lines.

And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream.

I spoke earlier this morning to Senator Kennedy’s beloved wife, Vicki, who was to the end such a wonderful source of encouragement and strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, his children Kara, Edward, and Patrick; his stepchildren Curran and Caroline; the entire Kennedy family; decades’ worth of his staff; the people of Massachusetts; and all Americans who, like us, loved Ted Kennedy.

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Statement from the President on the Death of Senator Ted Kennedy
by Christopher HassWednesday August 26 2009 03:16:34 AM

Early this morning, following the news that Senator Ted Kennedy had passed away late last night after a long battle with brain cancer, President Obama released the following statement:

“Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

And the Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad.

Our hearts and prayers go out to them today–to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.”

— President Barack Obama

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Organizing Across the Country
by Bradley PortnoyTuesday August 25 2009 02:06:29 PM

For weeks now, volunteers have joined Organizing for America staff at events all across the country to organize for health insurance reform. They’ve knocked on doors, made calls, and put out the message that reform is the only way to ensure that all Americans have quality, affordable healthcare. They’ve also fought the lies and distortions that are being spread about reform, helping to set the record straight with their friends and neighbors. Check out some of the photos from recent OFA events:
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Afternoon News: “It’s time for reform”
by Bradley PortnoyTuesday August 25 2009 01:00:35 PM

From the Politico:

Reform supporters are planning to hold more than 500 events between Wednesday and when lawmakers return to Washington Sept. 8, ranging from neighborhood organized phone banks to professionally staffed rallies with hundreds of people.

…“In these last few weeks of recess we want to demonstrate the energy, passion and commitment that the American people have to health insurance reform so that when members return after Labor Day they know that they can turn their attention to getting this done because they have the backing of the American people,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.

… Democrats and their allies insist that the majority of Americans still support reform and have organized the grassroots campaign to buck up lawmakers as they get ready to head back to Washington.

A health-insurance-reform-now bus will travel the country starting Wednesday and anchor events in 11 cities: Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, Des Moines, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Charlotte, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.

From WABI:

A group supporting President Obama’s healthcare reform may be coming to a living room near you. A grassroots project called Organizing For America has been setting up roundtable discussion groups in private homes. Today they held a discussion in Bangor at the home of Molly Goode. Goode’s son, Adam, represents District 15 of Bangor in the House of Representatives.

State Senator Joe Perry was a part of the panel along with residents who shared their stories regarding healthcare and also discussed, what they say, is an urgent need for healthcare reform. “It’s on the front burner,” says Senator Perry, “it’s a serious problem that we’re facing, you know, healthcare costs and I came here because I want to hear the stories and I know this is a federal issue but it certainly affects every Mainer.”

Director of the project, Julian Federle, says they’re trying to get the facts about healthcare reform out there, as well as provide a civilized forum for debate. “The fact is I think Mainers are very interested in this debate,” says Federle, “they’re more interested in sitting down and having a discussion like this one then they are about screaming and shouting.”

From the Shreveport Times:

Supporters of health care reforms, including a public health insurance option, rolled through Shreveport Monday to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office at the federal courthouse in downtown Shreveport.

Kim Brabham, of Bossier City, was among 15 people participating in the consciousness-raising caravan. She’s a volunteer with Organizing for America, a group that supports President Barack Obama’s vision for health care reform.

Congress will take up the plans again in September after failing to reach agreement on a single proposal before leaving for its August vacation.

Landrieu was not in the office. The group spoke to the senator’s staffers.

“…we made our voices heard,” Brabham said. “We

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August 29, 2009

Here we are tracking the list of barack obama’s campaign promises:

Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List During hiscampaign President Barack Obama made more than 500 promises to the American people. This wiki site provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use listing of those promises and allows our members and visitors to keep abreast of the progress made in fulfilling them. Guests are also encouraged to comment on each promise, either positively or negatively, and we welcome your input.

Millions of moderate and left-leaning voters who were During his campaign President Barack Obama made more than 500 promises to the American people. This wiki site provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use listing of those promises and allows our members and visitors to keep abreast of the progress made in fulfilling them. Guests are also encouraged to comment on each promise, either positively or negatively, and we welcome your input.
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Millions of moderate and left-leaning voters who worked so relentlessly to help Mr. Obama get elected now expect him to fulfill his promises as quickly as possible. To find a specific promise use the Search box at the top right of this page or use the drop-down menu in the menu bar above. Click here or the headline below to see what we consider to be his 25 key promises.

* Promises Honored to Date (34)

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* Promises Hedged to Date (11)

* Promises in the Works (77)

* 25 Key Campaign Promises
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“I want you to hold me accountable” — Barack Obama

Because of the rapid development of the internet during the last ten years we’ve seen what has been described as the democratization of scrutiny. It used to be left to the establishment press to keep track of a politician’s promises and performance. Today, there are thousands of citizen-journalists all across America who keep track of exactly what each of them says and does. But things aren’t always as simple as that.
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
If a presidential candidate doesn’t keep his promises, but the times are good, it’s probably not going to really matter. Yet if a presidential candidate keeps his promises, but they don’t work, it most certainly will matter. And in the long run, political legacies and reputations will be defined by results — not simply a tally of their promises kept or broken.
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CEC ModeratorCEC Moderator 8 Dec 2008, 07:17 -0-700

Just found your website from a Google search for “campaign promises.” I had no idea that Obama had made so many promises. If he’s able to keep half of them he’ll be doing good. But that’s okay with me. Half of them are bad anyway!
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Paradise Can Wait
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Greetings from Berlin. I am German-speaking, so please excuse my awkward English.
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
As for the “good promises,” however, it depends on whether the endorsement of Obama is large enough so that he is not breaking his neck, because failed heroes are enough to mourn. Of this, we should be aware. Obama’s changes must convince many who are critical of him, including the military and secret services – who can’t be “overlooked” if attacks threaten. And the financial crisis, although it might have facilitated his electoral victory, will certainly not ease the government work and change, because the needed funds are missing.

Tracking Barack Campaign Obama’s Promises List

The opponents of change since their failure in the elections, will be only too happy for Obama to fail by exceeding his policy expectations. I am writing to you in your forum, hoping that people will understand that the insti Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List Tracking Obama Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List.
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I agree with you about the death penalty. Obama and the Democratically controlled House and Senate should abolish the death penalty as early in their term as possible. It seems likely they should have the power to do so then, if they really want to.

I’d also like to see Obama assign special Justice Department committees to make sweeping investigations across the entire nation’s prison / jail system to find out who was unfairly arrested, who might have received an unfair trial, and who was unjustly convicted?
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oh i guess it is a lot better to use billions in taxpayer dollars to keep child murderers and rapists on deathrow alive and healthy! What planet are you from? These brutal killers live happy in their prison paid for by the victims tax dollars. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ALREADY CONFESSED TO DOING IT. If it was your family that was victimized you would not sound so damn understanding for the scum of society!
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Government grant money. To pay off bills. Thanks, Dale Lee Allison.
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A campaign promise is NOT always a “Promise”
NewsGuy (guest) 8 Dec 2008, 18:09 -0-700

I like the idea of a list of things to see how Obama follows through on them.

Two things you MUST keep in mind, though:

(1) Him mentioning something he is planning on doing if he becomes president is NOT a promise — it is a statement of intent. There is a world of difference between a promise and an intention.

(2) Even a promise is not a guarantee that he will make them happen. If he fights for their introduction into Congress, and then attempts to get them passed, but they are shot down, then he followed through with his “promises” and plans.

The only things that should be listed in your list are basic policy absolutes that he defined during his campaign or continually made an unequivocable certainty of.
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HootHoot 10 Dec 2008, 17:54 -0-700

Why are you being so defensive? A campaign promise IS a Promise. We should keep our officials accountable regardless of what party.

Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
I think this is exactly what we need to do in America. I’m tired of all of our campaigns being in Fairyland. I’m tired of the fact that we like to be lied to and told that we can have everything and a puppy too. I think we need specific plans. I agree with seeing what promises he keeps and what he doesn’t and I voted for Obama. The question of keeping his promises is not a partisan issue.
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Adam Temple (guest) 22 Jan 2009, 22:49 -0-700

AMEN BROTHER! A GOOD INTENTION IS NOT A PROMISE, NEITHER IS AN AGENDA. The situation in our country changes daily and to deal with new problems others have to be set aside.
Its called priorities people!
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the road to hell is paved with good intentions
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Jackson (guest) 2 Jan 2009, 14:01 -0-700

Forget the hype. After all is said and done, Obama will actually do very little.

Until we get a viable third party, no significant changes will be possible.

It’s just a bunch of bull…
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You are Kidding!!
Thomas (guest) 3 Jan 2009, 15:38 -0-700

The expectations for Obama are much higher than any President ever nominated. That small minority of McCain supporters were very racist, you know the ones that shouted terrorist, and referred to his name being associated with terrorist.
If this were Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the issues of his promise, and what he campaigned on would not be brought up, until he gets into office.
As I read the comments on this website, the issue at hand would be the idiot who is in office now…You know the uniter not the divider. Bush did nothing as far as his campaign promise except divide this country. Create fear in our nation. Whatever, you may think about Obama’s promises in his campaign. He has already knocked down a wall that has stood in our country for 500 years, the racial tension amongst Blacks and Whites.
He will be the people’s president regardless if he is not able to keep all of his promises. You can bet, he is under a lot of pressure not only from the people who did not vote for him but also from the African American Community.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
He knows being the first African American President he is setting the bar for any potential African Americans who may want to run for President, and any other minorities in this country.
Ask yourself this. How many presidents eat spam? This man is so close to the real people than any other president that has sat in the White House.
For anyone who pre-judges Obama before he is the actual president is a fool. The smart thing to do is to wait and see what kind of President he will be once he gets into office.

Obama is human; the only thing that would prevent his promise to America would be situations that come up that would prevent him from doing so.
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

The question should be. Are Obama’s intentions for America in the right place? I say yes. Obama is going to be the people’s president. A friend asked me. Do you think he will just help the black community? My answer was, to do that he would deny and not acknowledge his white side of his family, his mother, grandmother and grandfather, the very people who raised him. ThTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Liste question I asked to the person that asked me this was. Do you think he is going to just help the white community? Of course, not, he would deny his fathers side of his family.
I love that shade of grey..Because he is right where he is supposed to be…in the middle. Govern Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listwith an even hand. His exposure throughout his live has been with diverse backgrounds and many people from all walks of life. Rich, poor. We are blessed to have a president who knows the struggle of day-to-day people.
This change is so much needed in this Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listworld. Obama is not only bringing people together. He is making aware, that in today’s society technology is going to be key for our children’s future. He has brought hope that our children need to learn early workingTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List with today’s technology so they will have a chance to compete in this world.
Our great nation will be number one again not only for Americans but seen throughout this world.
The excuse for blacks who go through life blaming, the white folks, is over, or blaming society not giving them a chance, is over.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
Whatever Obama is going to do, it will be in the best interest of our country and our nation. My fear is, someone will try an assassinate him, this has been talked about with Barbra Walters and Ms. Obama in her interview years before Obama began campaigning. For now, the wTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listay he ran his campaign and who he has chosen in cabinet positions, he has been consistent throughout the whole time he has been in the public eye. He is well intentioned. Whatever his decisions are, his children will have to grow up facing and living with the decisions there father will make for our country. Obama is my PreTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listsident. God Bless America.
worked so relentlessly to help Mr. Obama get elected now expect him to fulfill his promises as quickly as possible. To find a specific promise use the Search box at the top right of this page or use the drop-down menu in the menu bar above. Click here or the headTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listline below to see what we consider to be his 25 key promises.
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
* Promises Honored to Date (34)

* Promises Broken to Date (7)

* Promises Hedged to Date (11)

* Promises in the Works (77)Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

* 25 Key Campaign Promises

* Recent Comments and Posts

Washington Post
“I want you to hold me accountable” — Barack Obama

Because of the rapid development of the internet during the last ten years we’ve seen what has been described as the democratization of scrutiny. It used to be left to the establishment press to keep track of a politician’s promises and performance. Today, there are thousands of citizen-journalists all across America who keep track of exactly what each of them says and does. But things aren’t always as simple as that.
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
If a presidential candidate doesn’t keep his promises, but the times are good, it’s probably not going to really matter. Yet if a presidential candidate keeps his promises, but they don’t work, it most certainly will matter. And in the long run, political legacies and reputaTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listtions will be defined by results — not simply a tally of their promises kept or broken.
Join us now and become a member of our wiki team…

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Just found your website from a Google search for “campaign promises.” I had no idea that Obama had made so many promises. If he’s able to keep half of them he’ll be doing good. But that’s okay with me. Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises ListHalf of them are bad anyway!
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Paradise Can WaitTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
Sven from Berlin (guest) 8 Dec 2008, 09:04 -0-700

Greetings from Berlin. I am German-speaking, so please excuse my Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listawkward English.

The idea of your website is good, and a lot of what was promised must happen, but some should not, because I do not like Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listevery promise, and bad promises should not be enforceable, for example the retention of the death penalty.

As for the “good promises,” however, it depends on whether Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listthe endorsement of Obama is large enough so that he is not breaking his neck, because failed heroes are enough to mourn. Of this, we should be aware. Obama’s changes must convince many who are critical of him, including the military and secret services – who can’t be “overlooked” if attacks threaten. And the financial crisTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listis, although it might have facilitated his electoral victory, will certainly not ease the government work and change, because the needed funds are missing.

The opponents of change since their failure in the eTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listlections, will be only too happy for Obama to fail by exceeding his policy expectations. I am writing to you in your forum, hoping that people will understand that the instincts for setting political traps for Obama and his voters are plentiful.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

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I agree with you about the death penalty. Obama and the Democratically controlled House and Senate should abolish the death penalty as early in their term as possible. It seems likTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listely they should have the power to do so then, if they really want to.

I’d also like to see Obama assign special Justice Department committees to make sweeping investigations across the eTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listntire nation’s prison / jail system to find out who was unfairly arrested, who might have received an unfair trial, and who was unjustly convicted?
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oh i guess it is a lot better to use billions in taxpayer dollars to keep child murderers and rapists on deathrow alive and healthy! What planet are you from? These brutal killers live happy in their prison paid for by the victims tax dollars. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ALRTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises ListEADY CONFESSED TO DOING IT. If it was your family that was victimized you would not sound so damn understanding for the scum of society!
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A campaign promise is NOT always a “Promise”
NewsGuy (guest) 8 Dec 2008, 18:09 -0-700
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
I like the idea of a list of things to see how Obama follows through on them.

Two things you MUST keep in mind, though:Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

(1) Him mentioning something he is planning on doing if he becomes president is NOT a promise — it is a statement of intent. There is a world of difference between a promise and an intention.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

(2) Even a promise is not a guarantee that he will make them happen. If he fights for their introduction into Congress, and then attempts to get them passed, but they are shot down, then he followed through with his “promises” and plans.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

The only things that should be listed in your list are basic policy absolutes that he defined during his campaign or continually made an unequivocable certainty of.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
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HootHoot 10 Dec 2008, 17:54 -0-700Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

Why are you being so defensive? A campaign promise IS a Promise. We should keep our officials accountable regardless of what party.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

I think this is exactly what we need to do in America. I’m tired of all of our campaigns being in Fairyland. I’m tired of the fact that we like to be lied to and told that we can have everything and a puppy too. I think we need specific plans. I agree with seeing what promises he keeps and whaTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listt he doesn’t and I voted for Obama. The question of keeping his promises is not a partisan issue.
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Re: A campaign promise is NOT always a “Promise”
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AMEN BROTHER! A GOOD INTENTION IS NOT A PROMISE, NEITHER IS AN AGENDA. The situation in our country changes daily and to deal with new problems others have to be set aside.
Its called priorities people!Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
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the road to hell is paved with good intentions
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Jackson (guest) 2 Jan 2009, 14:01 -0-700

Forget the hype. After all is said and done, Obama will actually dTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listo very little.

Until we get a viable third party, no significant changes will be possible.
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It’s just a bunch of bull…
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unfold Little will change by Jackson (guest), 2 Jan 2009, 14:01 -0-700
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You are Kidding!!Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
Thomas (guest) 3 Jan 2009, 15:38 -0-700

The expectations for Obama are much higher than any President Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listever nominated. That small minority of McCain supporters were very racist, you know the ones that shouted terrorist, and referred to his name being associated with terrorist.
If tTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listhis were Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the issues of his promise, and what he campaigned on would not be brought up, until he gets into office.
As I read the comments on this website, the issue Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listat hand would be the idiot who is in office now…You know the uniter not the divider. Bush did nothing as far as his campaign promise except divide this country. Create fear in our nation. Whatever, you may think abTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listout Obama’s promises in his campaign. He has already knocked down a wall that has stood in our country for 500 years, the racial tension amongst Blacks and Whites.
He will be the people’s president regardTracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listless if he is not able to keep all of his promises. You can bet, he is under a lot of pressure not only from the people who did not vote for him but also from the African American Community.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
He knows being the first African American President he is setting the bar for any potential African Americans who may want to run for President, and any other minorities in this country.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List
Ask yourself this. How many presidents eat spam? This man is so close to the real people than any other president that has sat Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listin the White House.
For anyone who pre-judges Obama before he is the actual president is a fool. The smart thing to do is to wait and see what kind of President he will be once he gets into office.Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

Obama is human; the only thing that would prevent his promise to America would be situations that come up that Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listt would prevent him from doing so.

The question should be. Are Obama’s intentions for America in the right place? I say yes. Obama is going to be the people’s president. A friend asked me. Do you Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List think he will just Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List help the black community? My answer was, to do that he would deny and not acknowledge his white side of Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List his family, his mother, grandmother and grandfather, the very people who raised him. The questioTracking Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises Listn I asked to the person that asked me this was. Do you think he Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List is going to just help the white community? Of course, not, he would deny his fathers side of his family.
I love that shade of grey..Because he is right where he is supposed to be…in the middle. Govern with an even hand. His exposure throughout his live has been with diverse backgrounds and many people from all walks of life. Rich, poor. We are blessed to have a president who knows the struggle of day-to-day people.
This change is so much needed in this world. Obama is not only bringing people together. He is making aware, that in today’s society technology is going to be key for our children’s future. He has brought hope that our children need to learn early working with today’s technology so they will have a chance to compete in this world.

Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

Our great nation will be number one again not only for Americans but seen throughout this world.

Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

The excuse for blacks who go through life blaming, the white folks, is over, or blaming society not giving them a chance, is over.

Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

Whatever Obama is going to do, it will be in the best interest of our country and our nation. My fear is, someone will try an assassinate him, this has been talked about with Barbra Walters and Ms. Obama in her Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

interview years before Obama began campaigning. For now, the way he ran his campaign and who he has chosen in cabinet positions, he has been consistent throughout the whole time he has been in the public eye.
Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

He is well intentioned. Whatever his decisions are, his children will have to grow up facing and living with the decisions there father will make for our country. Obama is my President. God Bless America.

That’s all for today on Tracking Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List

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Barack Obama’s Top Ten Campaign Promises

10. To keepthe budget balanced, I’ll rent the situation room for sweet sixteens.
9. I will doubleyour tax money at the craps table.
8. Appoint MittRomney secretary of lookin’ good.
7. If you bringa gator to the White House, I’ll wrestle it.
6. I’ll put Regison the nickel.
5. I’ll renamethe tenth month of the year ”Barack-tober.”
4. I won’t letApple release the new and improved Ipod the day after you bought the previous model.
3. I’ll find moneyin the budget to buy Letterman a decent hairpiece.
2. Pronouncethe word nuclear, nuclear.
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i justwanted you to know that even though i am only13 years old i am always telling those who could vote to vote for you because we all are ready for a changeand you promised it to us so thankyou and i hope that you win for president.

Yes you can!

EVEN THOUGH IM13YRS OLD LIKE THE OTHER GURL WHO MADE THE OTHE COMMENT I STILL WANT U TO WIN!!!I HOPE U END THE WAR PLEASE AND MAKE HISTORY PLEASE AMERICA!!!
OBAMA CAMPAIGN LIST OF PROMISES ARE SO AWESOME!
October 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm

(5) jessie says:

Obama is good…

and..

Mccain cannot top barack obama’s promises and list of his campaign

go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude…really? Your 13. His presidencywon’t even effect you. You’ll only be 17 when he comes out of office. So your opinion doesn’t even matter. Firstoff I want to start out by saying that this website is a perfect example of how his term is going to be. Youreally thought that he was going to make things all peachy again. Like in the 80s and 90s. The only reason Reagan and Clinton got all the fame is because we had the .com boom. Internet and new electronics had everything to do with the great economy. The president doesn’t have any control over the economy. Everything is still gonna happen no matter who is in office. So for all you people that got sucked in to that lie…good job. You really thought that the FREE HEALTH CARE crap was a deal??? Where do you think that money is gonna come from??? So basically what its doin is…remember that kid in high school homeroom that always messed around and got kicked outta class everyday and never turned in his work. Couldn’t manage to get higher than a 50% in any of his classes. Dropped out Junior year? YOUR GONNA BE PAYIN FOR HIS HEALTH CARE PLAN!!!!!!! I can’t even believe people got sucked in by all his lies. He’s a good speaker…thats about all he had going for him. He had the power to manipulate you to think he was for the better. So when he has these thousand dollar dinners and claims they were government realated and lets you pay for it with your taxes…I’m just gonna sit back and simply say…”I’m not one of those that likes to rub it in…but told you so haha!”. Oh and I would really like to here from all you Obama lovers…so if you honestly think you have a good argument, hit me up haha. I’m waitin for a good argument…

i agree with nick about obama.
but disagree with the first part. even tho they are 13 doesnt mean what they think doesnt matter. theyre our future. and in 8 years theyll be able to vote. its good that theyre taking interest now and having an opinion. i wish more 13 year olds would take interes in politics so theyll know exactly what they want and dont want in a president when theyre old enough t vote
November 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm
(9) lsh says:

I disagree with Nick completely. Obama is no worse than anyone else we have had as president. I am tired of being told blacks only voted for him because he is black. well that wouldn’t have even been an issue if he were white. No one says whites voted for white candidates. It’s just another way of showing prejudice in the US. Blacks don’t realize that the 50’s and 60’s were not that long ago. Things have changed and have gotten better. However we still have a long way to go.
MCCain was going to tax people for the $5000 he was going to give. I don’t see spread the wealth as taking care of others. I see it as the smallguy finely getting a break. Rich people get breaks all the time. Now it’s my turn and I will not apologize for being Barack Obama delivered the Top Ten list during an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Barack Obama’s Top Ten Campaign Promises

10. To keep the budget balanced, I’ll rent the situation room for sweet sixteens.
9. I will double your tax money at the craps table.
8. Appoint Mitt Romney secretary of lookin’ good.
7. If you bring a gator to the White House, I’ll wrestle it.
6. I’ll put Regis on the nickel.
5. I’ll rename the tenth month of the year ”Barack-tober.”
4. I won’t let Apple release the new and improved Ipod the day after you bought the previous model.
3. I’ll find money in the budget to buy Letterman a decent hairpiece.
2. Pronounce the word nuclear, nuclear.
1. Three words: Vice President Oprah.

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February 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm
(1) mirkanda says:

Hi Barack
i just wanted you to know that even though i am only 13 years old i am always telling those who could vote to vote for you because we all are ready for a change and you promised it to us so thankyou and i hope that you win for president.
February 13, 2008 at 4:04 am
(2) politicalhumor says:

Yes you can!
September 20, 2008 at 10:45 am
(3) Kiiiristin says:

Go McCain!
October 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm
(4) eli-jah says:

EVEN THOUGH IM 13YRS OLD LIKE THE OTHER GURL WHO MADE THE OTHE COMMENT I STILL WANT U TO WIN!!!I HOPE U END THE WAR PLEASE AND MAKE HISTORY PLEASE AMERICA!!!

OBAMA
October 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm
(5) jessie says:

Obama is good…

BUT…

Mccain is better!!
October 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm
(6) rafael puga says:

go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 5, 2008 at 1:45 am
(7) Nick says:

Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List …Dude…really? Your 13. His presidency won’t even effect you. You’ll only be 17 when he comes out of office. So your opinion doesn’t even matter. First off I want to start out by saying that this website is a perfect example of how his term is going to be. You really thought that he was going to make things all peachy again. Like in the 80s and 90s. The only reason Reagan and Clinton got all the fame is because we had the .com boom. Internet and new electronics had everything to do with the great economy. The president doesn’t have any control over the economy. Everything is still gonna happen no matter who is in office. So for all you people that got sucked in to that lie…good job. You really thought that the FREE HEALTH CARE crap was a deal??? Where do you think that money is gonna come from??? So basically what its doin is…remember that kid in high school homeroom that always messed around and got kicked outta class everyday and never turned in his work. Couldn’t manage to get higher than a 50% in any of his classes. Dropped out Junior year? YOUR GONNA BE PAYIN FOR HIS HEALTH CARE PLAN!!!!!!! I can’t even believe people got sucked in by all his lies. He’s a good speaker…thats about all he had going for him. He had the power to manipulate you to think he was for the better. So when he has these thousand dollar dinners and claims they were government realated and lets you pay for it with your taxes…I’m just gonna sit back and simply say…”I’m not one of those that likes to rub it in…but told you so haha!”. Oh and I would really like to here from all you Obama lovers…so if you honestly think you have a good argument, hit me up haha. I’m waitin for a good argument…
November 5, 2008 at 2:35 am
(8) monica says:

i agree with nick about Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List obama.
but disagree with the first part. even tho they are 13 doesnt mean what they think doesnt matter. theyre our future. and in 8 years theyll be able to vote. its good that theyre taking interest now and having an opinion. i wish more 13 year olds would take interes in politics so theyll know exactly what they want and dont want in a president when theyre old enough t vote
November 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm
(9) lsh says:

I disagree with Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List Nick completely. Obama is no worse than anyone else we have had as president. I am tired of being told blacks only voted for him because he is black. well that wouldn’t have even been an issue if he were white. No one says whites voted for white candidates. It’s just another way of showing prejudice in the US. Blacks don’t realize that the 50’s and 60’s were not that long ago. Things have changed and have gotten better. However we still have a long way to go.
MCCain was going to tax people for the $5000 he was going to give. I don’t see spread the wealth as taking care of others. I see it as the small guy finely getting a break. Rich people get breaks all the time. Now it’s my turn and I will not apologize for being promises of a list in campaigns by barack obama middle-class and wanting to be more. I work everyday so I am not asking for a handout. A hand up would finally be nice.
If you can voter for a man who says he is proud of supporters who threaten another man’s life. I feel sorry for you. All that says is that my point about changes in america is true.
November 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm
(10) Jasmine says:

hahaha!!! to all the people who were against obama!!! he is president now!!!!!!! so deal with it!!!!! mccain sucks!!! hahahahahah!
November 20, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(11) KATE THE GREAT says:

hahaha I agree with you jasmine!! OK NICK here we go.. first off stop hating cuz the guy is an african american. 2 – as for the 13 yr olds voting for him it is their business and their right to have an opinion because it will effect their future.. they got many many cmapign years to live so whats going on now will effect right 10 years from now.. your probably like 60 yrs old so this really doesnt matter to you so you should mind your business when these little girls talk.. also.. im assuming you voted for bush the 2nd time around right? please tell me why we are in war? wat progress have we made promises by being in war? i would love to hear your explanation. you should go to youtube.com and type in loose change.. its a long movie but its worth watching.. anyways.. mccain is another bush just a different name.. and when obama starts making progress ima be ROTFL thinking about you.. and you’ll still manage to find an excuse to hate on him.. but guess what hunny??!?!? he is president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA FOR THE WIN!!!!!!
January 6, 2009 at 9:34 am
(12) Juanita says:

In case you didn’t notice, the peoples votes don’t count. Most of the peoples votes were for McCain. It is only the state votes that count. So we are all in for armageddon Thank you US Govt!!!
April 3, 2009 at 9:00 am
(13) Ben says:

Just a little error with monica’s statement. People can vote once they reach the age of 18. middle-class and wanting to be more. I work everyday so I am not asking for a handout. A hand up would finally be nice.
If you can voter for a man who says he is proud of supporters who threaten another man’s life. I feel sorry for you. All that says is that my point about changes in america is true.
November 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm
(10) Jasmine says:

hahaha!!! to all the people who wereagainst obama!!! he is president now!!!!!!! so deal with it!!!!! mccain sucks!!! hahahahahah!
November 20, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(11) KATE THE GREAT says:

hahaha I agree with you jasmine!! OK NICK here we go.. first off stop hating cuz the guy is an african american. 2 – as for the 13 yr olds votingfor him it is their business and their right to have an opinion because it will effect their future.. they got many many years to live so whats going on now will effect right 10 years from now.. your probably like 60 yrs old so this really doesnt matter to you so you should mind your business when these little girls talk.. also.. im assuming you voted for bush the 2nd time around right? please tell me why we are in war? wat progress have we made by being in war? i would love to hear your explanation. you should go to youtube.com and type in loose change.. its a long movie but its worth watching.. anyways.. mccain is another bush just a different name.. and when obama starts making progress ima be ROTFL thinking about you.. and you’ll still manage to find an excuse to hate on him.. but guess what hunny??!?!? he is president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA FOR THE WIN!!!!!!
January 6, 2009 at 9:34 am
(12) Juanita says:

In case you didn’t notice, the peoplesvotes don’t count. Most of the peoples votes were for McCain. It is only the state votes that count. So we are all in for armageddon Thank you US Govt!!!
April 3, 2009 at 9:00 am
(13) Ben says:

Just a little error with monica’s statement. People can vote once they reach the age of 18.

That’s all on the Barack Obama’s Campaign Promises List.

Obama Meter Promises Kept

August 29, 2009

Obama Meter Promises Kept

The amazing thing is how many promises obama kept, just look at his videos and speeches. coming soon are some obama meter promises kept, a sort of way to measure obama’s progress, in a non obameter way.

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Obama Promises

August 29, 2009

Obama Promises (Barack Obama’s promises) are as follows

One was to Create aforeclosure prevention fund for homeowners

obama promises To Create a $10 billion fund to help homeownersrefinance or sell their homes. “The Fund will not help speculators, people who bought vacation homes or people who falsely represented their incomes.”
obama promises
obama promises tocreate a a “National Health Insurance Exchange to help Americans and businesses purchase private health
No. 56: Require children to have health insurance coverage

“Require that all children have health care coverage. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will expand the number of options for young adults to get coverage by allowing young people up to age 25 to continue coverage through their parents’ plans.”

obama promises to invest in student loans and valuable electronic health information system and excellent governmental systems.

obama promises To Invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records.

und the Veterans Administration

obama promises to Fully fund “the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it.”

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In the Works
No. 126: Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq

Barack Obama promises to work with military commanders on the ground in Iraq and in consultation with the Iraqi government to end the war safely and rponsibly within 16 months

nd two additional brigades to Afghanistan

“As Obama promises to not removes our combat brigades from Iraq, he will send at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan, where ipment, and he will ensure that our men and women in uniform get the care and support they have earned.”

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In the Works
No. 175: End the use of torture

“From both a moral standpoint and a practical standpoint, torture is wrong. Barack Obama will end the use torture without exception. He also will eliminate the practice of extreme rendition, where we outsource our torture to other countries.”

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Stalled
No. 177: Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

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

Obama Promises nothing like the Bush Administration’s initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees to prevent future threats to the rule of law.”

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No Action
No. 195: Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles

“Barack Obama and Joe Biden will seek deep, verifiable reductions in all U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons — whether deployed or non-deployed, whether strategic or non-strategic — and work with other nuclear powers to reduce global stockpiles dramatically by the end of an Obama presidency.”

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No Action
No. 230: Centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters

“Will create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.”

obama promises to Require more disclosure and a waiting period for earmarks

Through the “Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act, will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.”

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Promise Broken
No. 240: Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials
obama promises to approach the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration.”

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In the Works
No. 286: Secure the borders

Will support “additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry”.

obama promises to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

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.”

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No Action
No. 300: Reform mandatory minimum sentences

“Will immediately review (mandatory minimum) sentences to see where we can be smarter on crime and reduce the ineffective warehousing of nonviolent drug offenders.”
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No. 382: Secure nuclear weapons materials in four years

“Will lead a global effort to secure all nuclear weapons materials at vulnerable sites within four years – the most effective way to prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Barack Obama will fully implement the Lugar-Obama legislation to help our allies detect and stop the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction.”

obama promises to Strengthen antitrust enforcement

“Will reinvigorate antitrust enforcement, which is how we ensure that capitalism works for consumers.”

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In the Works
No. 422: Create new financial regulations

“I’ll put in place the common-sense regulations and rules of the road I’ve been calling for since March — rules that will keep our market free, fair, and honest; rules that will restore accountability and responsibility in our corporate boardrooms.”

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In the Works
No. 439: Create 5 million “green” jobs

Will “create 5 million ‘green’ jobs; will invest $150 billion over ten years to deploy clean technologies, protect our existing manufacturing base and create millions of new jobs.”

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No Action
No. 441: Reduce oil consumption by 35 percent by 2030

Obama promise: Will “reduce oil consumption overall by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels of oil, by 2030.”

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In the Works
No. 456: Create cap and trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming

“Will set a hard cap on all carbon emissions at a level that scientists say is necessary to curb global warming – an 80% reduction by 2050. To ensure this isn’t just talk, I will also commit to interim targets toward this goal in 2020, 2030, and 2040. These reductions will start immediately, and we’ll continue to follow the recommendations of top scientists to ensure that our targets are strong enough to meet the challenge we face.”

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August 29, 2009

Barack Obameter

The Barack Obameter is the unrealistic measurements device forthe hot-ness of the politicians, 10 beingthe hottest. As seen on TV.
While the San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom scoresa 9.5 on the Barack Obameter, U.S.Vice PresidentDick Cheney is a 1.0.

Barack Obameter born 2009 is for the 44th and current President of the United States, the first African American to hold the office. He servedas the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to thepresidency in November 2008.

Barack Obameter is determined by a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

Barack Obameter served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Obama ran for United States Senate in 2004. His victory, from a crowded field, in the March 2004 Democratic primary raised his visibility. His prime-time televised keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004 made him a rising star nationally in the Democratic Party. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004 by the largest margin in the history of Illinois.

He began his run for the presidency in February 2007. After a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination, becoming the first major party African American candidate for president. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

Barack Obameter was born at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States,[6] to Stanley Ann Dunham,[7] an American of mainly English descent from Wichita, Kansas,[8][9][10] and Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.[11][12] The couple married on February 2, 1961,[13] and Barack was born later that year. His parents separated when he was two years old and they divorced in 1964.[12] Obama’s father returned to Kenya and saw his son only once more before dying in an automobile accident in 1982.[14]

After her divorce, Dunham married Indonesian student Lolo Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto, a military leader in Soetoro’s home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students studying abroad were recalled and the family moved to the island nation.[15] From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School.

Barack Obameter, he returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Armour Dunham, and attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from the fifth grade until his Barack Obameter’s mother returned to Hawaii in 1972 and remained there until 1977, when she relocated to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year before dying of ovarian cancer.[17]
Right to left:A young boy possibly in his early teens, a younger girl (about age 5), a grown woman and an elderly man, sit on a lawn wearing contemporary circa-1970 attire. The adults wear sunglasses and the boy wears sandals.
Right-to-left: Barack Obama and half-sister Maya Soetoro, with their mother Ann Dunham and grandfather Stanley Dunham, in Hawaii (early 1970s)

Of his early childhood, Barack Obameter: “That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind.”[18] He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage.[19] Reflecting later on his formative years in Honolulu, Obama wrote: “The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear.”[20] Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years to “push questions of who I was out of my mind”.[21] At the 2008 Civil Forum on the Presidency in 2008, Obama identified his high-school drug use as his “greatest moral failure”.[22]

Following high school, Barack Obameter moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend Occidental College.[23] After two years he transferred in 1981 to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialization in international relations[24] and graduated with a B.A. in 1983. He worked for a year at the Business International Corporation[25][26] and then at the New York Public Interest Research Group.[27][28]

After four years in New York City, Obama moved to Chicago, where he was hired as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes ina Barack Obameter Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman and Riverdale) on Chicago’s far South Side. He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.[27][29] During his three years as the DCP’s director, its staff grew from one to thirteen and its annual budget grew from $70,000 to $400,000. He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.[30] Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.[31] In mid-1988, he traveled for the first time in Europe for three weeks and then for five weeks in Kenya, where he met many of his paternal relatives for the first time.[32] He returned in August 2006 in a visit to his father’s birthplace, a village near Kisumu in rural western Kenya.[33]

Obama entered Harvard Law School in late 1988. He was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year,[34] and president of the journal in his second year.[35] During his summers, he returned to Chicago, where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990.[36] After graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude[37][38] from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.[34] Obama’s election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention[35] and led to a publishing contract and advance for a book about race relations,[39] though it evolved into a personal memoir. The manuscript was published in mid-1995 as Dreams from My Father.[39]

From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois’s Project Vote, a voter registration drive with a staff of ten and 700 volunteers; it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, and led to Crain’s Chicago Business naming Obama to its 1993 list of “40 under Forty” powers to be.[40][41]

For twelve years, Obama served as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School; as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004.[42] In 1993 he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a twelve-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004, with his law license becoming inactive in 2002.[43]

Obama was a founding member of the board of directors of Public Allies in 1992, resigning before his wife, Michelle, became the founding executive director of Public Allies Chicago in early 1993.[27][44] He served from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and also from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation.[27] Obama served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999.[27] He also served on the board of directors of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Lugenia Burns Hope Center.[27]

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August 29, 2009

PolitiFact obameter has created more than 500 promises that Barack Obama maded during the regular campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.

We are doing something different than that crappy politifact obameter. We don’t rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. What we do is look at it in a much more rational ay, like Obama does.

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

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In theWorks
No. 60: Phasein requirements for healthinformation technology

The Promise:

“Phase in requirements for full implementationof health IT and commit the necessary federal resources.”

Update August 27th, 2009:

HIT Committees working uphealth IT standards

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Promise Kept
No. 332: Add another SpacShuttle flight

The Promise:

Barack Obama “supports congressionalefforts to add at leastone additional Space Shuttle flight to fly a valuable mission and to keep the workforceengaged. He will work to ensure thereis adequate funding to support that additional flight so that it does not interfere with developing the Shuttle’s successor.”

Update August 27th, 2009:

Obama works to add one more Space Shuttle flight

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In the Works
No. 442: Establish a low carbon fuel standard

The Promise:

“Will establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to speed the introduction of low-carbon non-petroleum fuels. The standard requires fuels suppliers in 2010 to begin to reduce the carbon of their fuel by 5 percent within 5 years and 10 percent within 10 years. The Obama-Biden plan will incentivize increased private sector investment in advanced low-carbon fuels and has a sustainability provision to ensure that increased biofuels production does not come at the expense of environmental conservation. The LCFS is an important mechanism in ensuring that our efforts to reduce our oil dependence also reduce carbon emissions.”

Update August 27th, 2009:

Administration is in the process of drafting low-carbon standards

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In the Works
No. 350: Revise regulations for export of aerospace technology

The Promise:

“Will direct a review of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to reevaluate restrictions imposed on American companies, with a special focus on space hardware that is currently restricted from commercial export. He will also direct revisions to the licensing process to ensure that American suppliers are competitive in the international aerospace markets, without jeopardizing American national security.”

Update August 26th, 2009:

Obama starts review of ITAR export controls

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In the Works
No. 518: Create a public option health plan for a new National Health Insurance Exchange.

The Promise:

“The exchange will require that all the plans offered are at least as generous as the new public plan and meet the same standards for quality and efficiency.”

Update August 19th, 2009:

We add the public option to our campaign promises database

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Promise Kept
No. 225: Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas

The Promise:

“As president, Barack Obama will establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas. This partnership will increase research and development in clean coal technology, the next generation of sustainable biofuels and in wind, solar and nuclear energy. The partnership will also look for ways for nations to coordinate to transport green energy across national borders. It will help Latin American and Caribbean nations become more energy independent and promote sustainable growth for the region. The partnership also will create additional markets for American biofuels and American-made green energy technology.”

Update August 19th, 2009:

Obama has launched an energy partnership with Canada and South America

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In the Works
No. 443: Require 10 percent renewable energy by 2012

The Promise:

Will “require 10 Percent of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2012. Barack Obama and
Joe Biden will establish a 10 percent federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that
10 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S. is derived from clean, sustainable energy sources,
like solar, wind and geothermal by 2012.”

Update August 19th, 2009:

Climate bill moves on renewable energy goals

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Promise Kept
No. 88: Sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Promise:

“As president, Barack Obama will renew America’s leadership by making the United States a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the first human rights treaty approved by the UN in the 21st century and a vital foundation for respecting the rights of people with disabilities worldwide He will urge the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention expeditiously.”

Update July 31st, 2009:

Obama gets U.N. Convention on disabilities signed

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Promise Kept
No. 391: Appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer

The Promise:

“Will appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.”

Update July 28th, 2009:

Chopra confirmed as CTO

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Stalled
No. 509: 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 July 27th, 2009:

Strengthening the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board? More like hiding it.

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Compromise
No. 516: No signing statements to nullify instructions from Congress

The Promise:

“While it is legitimate for a president to issue a signing statement to clarify his understanding of ambiguous provisions of statutes and to explain his view of how he intends to faithfully execute the law, it is a clear abuse of power to use such statements as a license to evade laws that the president does not like or as an end-run around provisions designed to foster accountability. I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”

Update July 24th, 2009:

Exercising his power or venturing into congressional turf?
Politifact’s dumb obameter is dumb.
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In the Works
No. 51: Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions

The Promise:

Require insurance companies “to cover pre-existing conditions so all Americans, regardless of their health status or history, can get comprehensive benefits at fair and stable premiums.”
obameter at politifact is crumby
Update July 16th, 2009:

Health reform bill ends pre-existing condition exclusions

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In the Works
No. 52: Create a National Health Insurance Exchange

The Promise:

Create a “National Health Insurance Exchange to help Americans and businesses purchase private health insurance.”

Update July 16th, 2009:

Health reform bill creates a health insurance exchange
Politifact obameter is so weird here

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In the Works
No. 53: Give tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums

The Promise:

“Income-based sliding scale tax credits will be provided for people and families who need it.”

Update July 16th, 2009:

Health reform bill has tax credits for health insurance

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In the Works
No. 55: Require large employers to contribute to a national health plan

The Promise:

“Large employers that do not offer meaningful coverage or make a meaningful contribution to the cost of quality health coverage for their employees will be required to contribute a percentage of payroll toward the costs of the national plan. Small businesses will be exempt from this requirement.”

source Politifact obameter

Update July 16th, 2009:

Health reform bill requires employers to contribut

Obamameter: Promises by Barack

July 14, 2009

When we think of obamameter I must tell you that you are mistaken if you think a promise broken is a promise kept. But do not be republican about it, because that does not mean he is that bad. Reagan for instance was a good Republican, so I don’t mean don’t be a republican. I mean don’t be such an ass about saying Obama is a con because he didn’t keep this one promise. T

The current obameter usually spins stuff around so that the promise broken looks like it’s a big bad deal except its in the works too even if it doesn’t look like it, I mean a real obamameter, and one day it will be a promise kept. Just so you know compromise is not something Obama does with ethics so do not worry. What we need is a real obamameter that really measures what Obama is doing without compromise and once I get some more ideas I will be posting them here.

Until then the top 25 promises Obama has done might be the first thing considered that should be listed but I wont have time right now to list the top 25 promises or even the top 10 promises so I will wait a bit for that.
A real obamameter would measure Barack Obama’s true potential by looking at his accomplishments promises and “compromises” from a point of view that is more aggregate rather than micro. Organizing by subject like military and such is not the best and will create impression of micromanagement, military works is something Obama is doing well and a real obamameter would emphasize those, and not overexaggerated so called broken promises that Obama is supposedly doing. Don’t get me wrong Obama is not perfect but a real obamameter would recognize that no president was perfect and Obama is performing so far near to Clinton and other fabulous presidents.

Why is the current inadequate obameter so popular when it doesn’t do it quite right, I mean imagine an Obama meter (obamameter) that would really measure the true potential of the president’s abilities. Just imagine the pure goodness of making sure that the political arena is measured accurately and we may even have measurement tools that are acuurate for other politicians as well such as joe biden, Hillary Clinton, our favorite Blagojevich, and many many more political officials in public administration positions.

The possibilities are truly endless when an obamameter is conceived. Just think, a real obamameter would take a look at Obama’s accomplishments in the aggregate and not settle for all sorts of bs on how Obama did not cure the national debt as promised, and so and so. Keep in mind that a real obamameter would do this and more.
Now on the topic of the War in Iraq, keep in mind that leaving early was always safe and always the best idea, it is unfeasible to think that our military would have died in vain if we left early. The republicans say that our military would have pretty much wasted their time if we left Iraq early. How dishonorable of them, to say the democrats are unpatriotic. It is actually those very republicans who spew that crap who are the true unpatriots because think about this. Why would it matter if we left early or left late. If soldiers from the US died in Iraq, why would it be a “waste” of their lives either way? Because someone’s greedy interests didn’t get fulfilled? Even if the “mission wasn’t accomplished” why would that mean they died in vain? I mean even if the military mission wasn’t accomplished, would you really have the audacity to say that the military died in vain? I mean really. Think without thinking too deeply, and you will see how twisted this is. No matter what happens, the us military does not “die in vain.”

Next time you hear a comment like that, imagine that if you were a soldier in the US military, would, you really die just because some ceo who happens to have political influence, does or does not want some oil, or does or does not want some mission accomplished? Rather, the military is serving our country in the highest, idealistic way possible. Thinking of it like that, it may be easy to mistake trivial thought processes regarding the military from true, genuine appreciation. SO the new obamameter will strive to do that, not only with the military but also with other things too.

Obamameter readers bear with me this is gonna be a bit longer. For one thing, the new obamameter, which you are reading right now, will not succumb to old outdated thought processes used by the current obameter at politifact. Thinking about things from this perspective I would say that old thought processes involved the old rudimentary list of the following: Promise Kept, All promises by subject, Top 25 Promises, Compromise, In the Works, Military etc. What is being done here is improper segmentation of President Barack Obama’s accomplishments. Instead may I suggest an Obamameter, a more aggregate way of seeing things and perhaps we will get a better idea of how Obama is actually performing. Actually measure his performance with key issues and trends, promises are promises but when taken so literally as done in obameter they can make Obama look worse than the average president. The reverse is true, and obamameter will make sure it is that way. Average president always made promises during campaign but it was very much expected that they would not keep them.
It was common practice to believe that politicians would not keep their promises and that they would make compromises, sometimes even ethical compromises, to further their own agenda. The difference here is that Barack Obama made promises, even saying “I promise” and really made the impression that he was keeping his promises to change the current government and political system for the better. Now this is why the old “obameter” was created. It appeals to reasonable people (like yourself perhaps) who are looking for a good way to track how Obama has been doing. What you may not know, or may even know, is that the obameter is actually a sort of front for negative and unfair criticism of the president. Some may even say that it is unpatriotic to question the president, but this is obviously not true. They would not say the same for Bush, or if they do, they are morons. Either morons or flawed logic. Both ways is a kind of moroseness. So its not unpatriotic to question what the President does, but it is unethical to hold Obama to certain unfair standards or literal micro interpretations that will make anyone else look bad.
The reason this is done is because Obama is a good person and it is easy to take advantage of people who are really for the good of the mankind and people in general. In order to counteract this it is necessary to create an obamameter, and make it much more popular than the current obameter, and that is what this project is about. It’s about really making a difference and creating an accurate way to measure Obama’s progress! That’s what obamameter is all about, and I will post again soon.

Obamameter: Real Obama meter or another bad obameter?

July 12, 2009

In Politics today, The Obamameter Obameter and obama meter of today is quite stunning in that there is no way you can really tell that Barack Obama has kept his campaign promises, it’s more of a vague, fluke, almost critical approach designed by republicans.No surprise, because who really wants to sit around and watch all the promises Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hilllary Clinton, and all the rest have made throughout the entire Yes We Can time period? But here’s the truth. Yes, we can track them, because its not that hard if we look at what they do from a realistic point of view. What actions have they really done? What problems have they taken action on to get a specific result? And in a simple way too! That’s the most amazing part of all, it doesn’t even have to be difficult. On the economy, health care, national debt, student loans, medical bills, housing market and real estate, jobs, you name it, it is easy to see what Obama has done so far!

Obameter promises

July 12, 2009

Obameter is a theoretical obama meter type of way to track Obama’s progress, though we know best, that the best way to do this is realistically, pragmatically, and in the big picture


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