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Tracking Obama's 506 promises

Tracking President Obama's 506 promises

President Barack Obama marked the two-year anniversary of his presidency last week. PolitiFact has been following 506 promises he made during the 2008 campaign and rating them on our Obameter. Here's a look at how he's doing:

Obameter scorecard

Rating Total Percent
In the Works 220 44
Stalled 77 15
Not Yet Rated 2 0.4
Promise Kept 133 26
Compromise 41 8
Promise Broken 33 7
Rating Total Percent
In the Works 220 44
Stalled 77 15
Not Yet Rated 2 0.4
Promise Kept 133 26
Compromise 41 8
Promise Broken 33 7

Significant promises kept

Create new financial regulations: Congress approved new regulations that included a consumer protection bureau, more rules for mortgages and a new "financial stability oversight council" to monitor large firms. Obama signed the bill into law in July.

Reform mandatory minimum sentences: Obama ordered a review of mandatory minimum sentences, and in July, he signed a law reducing the disparity in sentencing for drug violations involving crack vs. powder cocaine.

Begin removing combat brigades from Iraq: When Obama took office, there were about 142,000 troops in Iraq. Today, that number is about 47,000. Many troops left Iraq in 2010, as violent incidents and civilian deaths declined slightly.

Establish a credit card bill of rights: Obama signed a credit card bill of rights in May 2009 that limits arbitrary rate increases and requires companies to post agreements on the Internet.

Close the "doughnut hole" in Medicare drug plan: Over the next 10 years, the health care law phases out the gap in coverage for seniors' prescription drug plans. Seniors also got a $250 rebate in 2010 to make up for the gap.

Significant promises broken

Repeal Bush tax cuts for higher incomes: Obama agreed to continue the tax cuts for high-income earners as part of a wide-ranging tax compromise with Senate Republicans announced in December. Obama said he still opposed the tax cuts and hoped to end them by 2012.

Allow imported prescription drugs: During negotiations for the health care law, the White House dropped its effort to allow imported prescription drugs in exchange for the drug industry supporting (or at least not actively opposing) overall reform.

Double the Peace Corps: With a large annual budget deficit and calls for fiscal restraint, the Obama administration didn't fund its goal of doubling the size of the Peace Corps.

Centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters: The Obama administration has unveiled a few new online databases, but they have not been consolidated into a single database for voters.

Support human mission to moon by 2020: Another promise falls due to the gloomy budget outlook: The 2011 White House budget removed funding for a mission to the moon.

Obama's unusual promises

Require hybrid fleet at the White House: We rated this Promise Broken because Obama said he would do it within a year. The White House is still working on electrical upgrades to service plug-in vehicles.

Push for a college football playoff system: We rated this promise Stalled. The president hasn't actively pushed for a playoff system, but those who are working for a playoff system say it may yet happen, and Obama still has time to use his bully pulpit.

Buy daughters a puppy: Say hello to Bo Obama, the black and white Portuguese water dog who lives at the White House. We rated this one Promise Kept on April 13, 2009.

Go to to look at all the promises being tracked by the Obameter. And don't miss the GOP Pledge-O-Meter, where we're tracking promises made by Republican leaders.

Tracking Obama's 506 promises 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 7:50pm]
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