The Obameter: Measuring Barack Obama's presidency
When Barack Obama took office as the 44th president of the United States, PolitiFact created an unprecedented database of his 533 campaign promises. We’ve spent the past eight years amassing the definitive account of his record.
Obama had several overarching priorities: Get the economy back on track, impose new regulations on the financial sector, pass a health care plan, overhaul immigration law and address climate change.
PolitiFact’s Obameter combines old-fashioned beat reporting with online structured data to create a Web-based catalog of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign promises. We define a promise as a guarantee of prospective action that is verifiable. Our reporting documents what has happened to the promises after the campaigns ended.
Today we publish an in-depth project exploring Obama’s legacy with in-depth reports on his promises about the economy, Iraq and Afghanistan, health care, climate change, drug sentencing, taxes and bipartisanship.
War: Obama has not fulfilled promises to bring the wars to a full stop.
Health care: This might go down as Obama’s signature achievement or his greatest disappointment.
Economy: Rescue and recovery: Economy stronger on Obama’s watch.
Climate change: After promising to deliver sweeping changes, Obama’s legacy on climate change amounts to: He tried.
Drug sentencing: From drug sentencing to commutations, Obama altered the prison landscape.