I was pleased to see an article in Salon today about Obama letdowns, Obama’s trail of broken promises. The article ruminates on the high value of holding politicians accountable to their campaign promises, and then lists 3 letdowns. Interestingly, we haven’t covered any of these letdowns here:
It started in December when he was asked why he was making Hillary Clinton his chief diplomat after criticizing her qualifications and promising Democratic primary voters that his views on international relations were different than hers. He responded by telling the questioner “you’re having fun” trying “to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign.” The implicit assertion was that anyone expecting him to answer for campaign statements must just be “having fun” — and certainly can’t be serious.
A few months later, in reversing a five-year-old commitment to support ending the Cuban embargo, Obama offered no rationale for the U-turn other than saying he was “running for Senate” at a time that “seems just eons ago” — again, as if everyone should know that previous campaign promises mean nothing.
At least that was a response. After the New York Times recently reported that “the administration has no present plans to reopen negotiations on NAFTA” as “Obama vowed to do during his campaign,” there was no explanation offered whatsoever. We were left to recall Obama previously telling Fortune magazine that his NAFTA promises were too “overheated and amplified” to be taken literally.
It’s true that politicians have always broken promises, but rarely so proudly and with such impunity.
Compared to the other civil liberty issues that we focus on here, we don’t think theses issues are such a big deal. But it’s great to see an overtly Obama-critical piece in a liberal publication like Salon.