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July 13th, 2009
06:34 AM ET

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Political scorecard

Editor's Note: PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

John Boehner claims city uses stimulus money to hire someone to apply for more stimulus money

U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) pauses as he briefs the media on Capitol Hill October 3, 2008 in Washington, DC.

U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) pauses as he briefs the media on Capitol Hill October 3, 2008 in Washington, DC.

"In North Carolina, they used stimulus money to hire one new state worker. His job, apply for more stimulus funds from the taxpayers by the way of the federal government." John Boehner on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in a Web ad.

The Truth-O-Meter Says: FALSE

False

Read more: Little Washington, welcome to big Washington

Mitch McConnell's record distorted by Democratic campaign ad

This TV ad by the Democratic National Committee distorts Senator McConnell's record, according to PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.

This TV ad by the Democratic National Committee distorts Senator McConnell's record, according to PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.

Mitch McConnell opposed "legislation to create and protect Kentucky jobs . . . help for the unemployed. . . health care for Kentucky's children," and "fair pay for women," according to the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in a television ad.

The ad from the DNC gives the impression that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell hates jobs, unemployment compensation, health care for little children and equal pay for women.

The Truth-O-Meter Says: BARELY TRUE

Barely True

Read more: He doesn't hate puppies either

Barack Obama Campaign Promise No. 517: Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop at John Tyler Community College August 21, 2008 in Chester, Virginia.

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop at John Tyler Community College August 21, 2008 in Chester, Virginia.

To achieve health care reform, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We'll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies - they'll get a seat at the table, they just won't be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process." Sources: Town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va.

Obameter says: PROMISE BROKEN

Promise Broken

Read more: Obama said he'd televise health reform negotiations on C-SPAN


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  1. Amazed

    Did anyone believe all that campaign 'swap talk". If so, I am really laughing at you now. Politicians (ALL of them) tell you what you want to hear to get where they want to be and then spend the rest of their time in office securing their own future. (pensions, great health care for life, and much much more.).

    Folks, if any of these 'less that real' campaign promises are distrubing you now, please stop thinking these people have your best interests at heart. They don't. And that is not party specific, it is ALL parties!

    July 14, 2009 at 6:11 am |
  2. don corpier

    you folks that toss the term socialist around so freely should educate yourselves before you open your mouths. the pledge of allegiance was written by a die hard socialist. how many of you so called educated folks are aware of that. i dont pledge allegiance to anybody except my family which includes my dogs. it reminds me of nazi germany and Mussolini in italy. did any of you want to be intellectuals know that both countries at that time proclaimed to be socialist. the closest we came to socialism was under the chaney bush regime. when you start accusing me of not being patriotic because i disagree then you are a socialist. that is the same mode of operation that adolf hitler and mussolini used to round up people and have them executed. you folks really do need to get an education or have a brain transplant. i am a vietnam vet 1968 USMC. i dont appreciate your ignorance. have a nice day

    July 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  3. don corpier

    even though i am a die hard dem. obama has really disappointed me. he signed legislation that allowed weapons in national parks, he has appointed people to the agricultural dept. and the head of the fda(all of which are X monsanto employees), he reversed himself on the military court tribunals-he broke a major promise. military courts are a joke at best. he sided with the republicans on not allowing photos of US torture of detainees. this is an absolute disgrace. he has done nothing to prosecute the criminals of the past administration. we need to look forward not backward is his standard statement. that is the same pathetic reasoning we used in wwii when it came to the nazis. NO that is not the answer-i want as well as most americans to see justice done. obama has no problem turning a blind eye to crimes committed by the previous administration. why do you think his poll numbers are falling-it is because he has deceived and lied to his base of support. now that i think about it obama has done very little of what he promised. i look at obama as a republican rather than a democrat. why do you think the democrats are starting to turn on him. trust me in the next primary i will not vote for obama. i will never vote for the slime the republican party has to offer.

    July 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  4. Mike in AZ

    It's interesting to see that most lefties complain about something when they think Republicans are responsible but when the exact scenario happens with a Dem, they find excuses. Lefties always want to play the victim and want to help everyone but they are usually the ones at home, unemployed, wanting the governemnt to help them, You would think that all of the free time you have, you would at the very least do some research. You all complained about Bush and the war and wanted us out immediately, like Obama promised. Don't know if you noticed it, since the media doesn't talk about it, but we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan. Actually, dozens of our soldiers have died in recent weeks, where's your outrage now or do the soldiers not matter to you because Obama is the one who sent more troops? Regarding those of you who want health care for everyone because you believe the media that 43 million people are without. Do your homework. About 18 million of those are illegal aliens, another 10 million are those who have refused it. So you all want to pay insurance for these people. You don't have jobs, how are you going to pay for it? Wake up. For those of you that stick up for Obama because he has only been in office for 7 months, look what he has done. He's spent more money in those 7 months than all other presidents combined. He promised that his stimulous would prevent unemployment from going higher than 8%, it's at 9.5%. Get a clue and pay attention to what really is going on instead of always being the victim.

    July 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  5. Lisa in Shelton

    why do repugs think a mess that it took years to make can be solved in a few months? Oh, yeah – cuz' Rush said it and they're sheeple.

    July 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  6. dum dum

    All Obummer has done is nothing. He is merely selling his brand the world over. And if he does get elected AGAIN in 2012, then the US is really made up of numb nuts.

    July 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  7. Independent Guy

    When will you people grow up? Stop with all the "Dems" did this and "Reps" did that! Both parties are messed up beyond belief and they will never get better as long as people blindly follow the parties!

    Stop trying to blame the other party for everything and focus on what is ahead. We have plenty of big issues that remain unresolved because we don't discuss, we fight. If you want change, then change!

    July 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  8. New Father

    Bush spent hundreds of billions of dollars on government programs and as the spending began to get out of control his poll numbers drop and the Dems took control 2 years ago. So as the Dems begin to spend like Bush one must understand that the same results will soon take place. It is almost like the same congress keeps getting elected over and over again. The repubs doubled spending on everything and somehow that just wasn't enough so today they blame the other party and add new spending. I guess the same repubs who lost the last election will run again and win. God Bless America someone has to.

    July 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  9. duh

    I love all the Obama haters on these message boards. They present blanket statements and few, if any, real facts. The president has been in office for less than 180 days and the facists are up in arms that he hasn't acheived everything he said he would do in the campaign. It takes 8 years to nearly destroy our country and credibility around the world, but in under 200 days the current administration is supposed to fix it? Please. Begging the right wingers to post some inteligent thoughts and FACTS...and that doesn't mean Fox News talking points...there is a difference you know. The again, maybe you don't know.

    July 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  10. razmataz

    Okay Truth-O-Meter time;
    Didja see the headline? The US deficit officially over 1Trillion $, Maybe I'm wrong, but it's about time all you libs stopped blaming Bush. It's not his mess anymore, so you're blame game has run its course and that tired old horse will never run again.
    Sad part of it is, this admin is just getting started. At least, after 2010, it won't be a Dem congress anymore, or at least not a super-majority.
    Enjoy it while you can, libs.

    July 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  11. Simple logic

    hjhaney July 13th, 2009 10:20 am ET

    Hey Bernice,
    Why don’t you get some facts before you comment. You’ve only ended up highlighting your ignorance for all to see. 90% of the debt belongs to Bush.
    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/whos-responsible-for-the-debt.html
    The Obameter Scorecard
    * Promise Kept 32
    * Compromise 9
    * Promise Broken 7
    * Stalled 12
    * In the Works 68
    * No Action 387
    _______________________________

    Here is when you can really tell whether someone knows what they're talking about. It's a common mistake to blame a particular administration for the debt, but if you look back at any depression, you can see the pattern coming up years before hand. In this case, the prosperity of the 90's led to consumers over-using credit and overvaluing the market (to include stocks, real estate, etc.). This started before Bush even mentioned the words "Presidential election." Clinton was fortunate enough to ride the high point of this boom, while Bush was doomed to get washed when it came crashing down, even before he took office. Thats not to say Clinton was bad and Bush was good, just make sure that you're judging them on what they actually had control over, and in terms of the economy the president has very little control. Even in the example most people use of FDR bringing us out of a depression, the economy's rise had very little to do with his New Deal programs.

    July 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  12. razmataz

    Actually you need to stop watching the rose-colored glasses stations. do you have children? do they have children? Do you want your grandchildren to still be paying for this administration?
    Name one positive result that has come out of any of Obama's policies.
    BTW, I'm a free-thinking independent. I don't owe allegiance to any party or party-line. Socially many people might even call me a liberal, but politically and fiscally I'm quite conservative.
    What gets me is that history has shown us repeatedly that the policies this admin is enacting DO NOT WORK! That's simple facts, not rhetoric, not supposition, just tried and true facts.

    July 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  13. Concerned Citizen

    Bernice, you wouldn't be neighbours with Rush Limbaugh would you? you are just Regurgitating his words, without truly understanding what they mean. A person like rush Limbaugh, a typical white male republican who is making 40 mill a year is concerned more for dollars he is losing as opposed to caring for the country.

    Or do you deriously think he will give up his millions of dollars of endorsements to run for public office and be scrutinized like this?

    the facts are that the simulus package started before Obama took office, one thing Obama did is put some strings attached to it, so that the billions of tax dollars wouldn't go to these republican executives on wall street and giving each other a pat in the back.

    plus, the common theme in the republican administration is to make the oil companies rich. all you have to do is check the facts during bush, bush sr and reagan administration (who by the way I thought was a great president). lets not forget that Reagan also employed some of the similar "stimulus" policies coming out of the mess carter had left this country. his argument was managing the debt to about 4-5% of total GNP. that's the trick.

    and what did we gain during bush-empror cheney administration? that we have no provacy laws, that 300 million people are terrorist suspects and our CIA is going to change their letters to KGB. what happened to system of checks and balances.

    July 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  14. Kirk

    I have a new respect for what G.W. Bush had to go through as president. However, it does not change MY opinion of what I see as failures. Being President apparently is really really difficult. Here are some issues to ponder:

    1. How many people do you know PERSONALLY who have issues with socialized medicine in their country? If this were such a problem, wouldn't their politicians run on a platform of changing their socialized medical programs?

    2. Remember how long it took Regan to turn the economy around? This is not a 6 month process. Unemployment is a trailing indicator of the economy. People, please judge TARP and other stimulus packages after the fact.

    3. Is it wrong to apologize for the past behavior of the US (shooting down the Iranian plane, etc) In MY opinion, foreign policy is like the Tango, both partners have to dance.

    4. Name calling, talking point spewing, listening to highly paid talking heads on both sides cannot resolve our differences as a country.

    My fellow citizens, please read. Read often, read everything, challenge everything. Only then, is it possible for us to get closer to what is correct and what is true. God Bless America!!!

    July 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  15. Xavier

    Razmataz,
    Really, you need to switch the channel and stop listening to Fox news and the rest of the republican mouthpieces. I looked over the fox news website yesterday, and it is a really dark and bad place.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  16. razmataz

    Xavier July 13th, 2009 12:31 pm ET

    When the economy comes back around what are republicans going to complain about then? They best come to terms with the fact that Obama will be president for a second term, and we are all better for it.
    ___________________________________
    First of all, what makes you think the economy is coming back around? What signs are you reading that would indicate this? Or what are you smo.king? Obama will not win a second term, he won't even have a rubber stamp congress after 2010. So enjoy it while you can, it will be short-lived. If it isn't, our country, unfortunately, will be.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    Calling the Obama administration and policies a train wreck means that you must be psychic, because by all measures and all rational thinking, it is far, far too early to tell. He hasn't even been in office six months and he has eight years of evil and incompetence to try and undo. At least give him a year or two before jumping to any conclusions, either positive or negative. If you are firmly of the opinion that he is doing a lousy job, it says far more about what an imbecile you are than it says about the quality of his efforts.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  18. Tim

    There are so many shortsighted, ignorant comments on this thread that it's hard to know where to start. What did you people think? Did you think that one guy was going to come into office and everyone was just going to say, "Ok, Mr. Obama. We'll kowtow to your every request and we'll do it immediately!" Are you people nuts?
    The guy has been in office what, four months? And now it's "OMG, the country's falling apart! He lied! He's not keeping his promises!" What are you people smoking? We're talking about Washington here! Power structures are not going to give up without a fight. It doesn't matter if there is an R, D or an I, change takes time. It takes debate and it takes compromise. It's too bad that we are seeing so little of those things.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  19. Brent

    I tend to agree with alot of what I have read on both sides. I'm conservative but I agree W' s administration was a train wreck. I think it's pretty plain to see that Obama's is a train wreck as well. That's what makes it bad is we voting americans have gotten sucked in and all concerned about my team your team along party lines and it's working out in the elected officials favors. As long as they keep us divided we will always need them , and as long as we always need them , they get great retirement , great paid vacations , great healthcare meanwhile back at the ranch they have spent all of mine and your retirement money and healthcare money. That's the beef I have with Government expansion before you take over Financial , Automotive and Healthcare systems in OUR country put OUR money back in the Social Security system you boned up , and in the Medicare system you've destroyed Republican and Democrats alike.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  20. American for Truth

    When will people learn that what president Obama says and does are on two opposite ends of the spectrum? Here is a man that tried to paint himself as a centrist and came out of the gate and made an immediate left turn. Bill Clinton was more moderate than Obama. Here is a man who won't recognize Muslims as terrorists but is even more afraid of hardworking Americans living right here at home. I hope the independants that put him in office soon realize the mistake they made. We'll see in the 2010 congressional elections.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  21. Frank , San Diego

    All of you folks who are jumping on Bernice for being ill-informed and irrational must have been living in a cave for the past year.

    The far-right's opposition to Obama has, from the very beginning, been more about their own mental dysfunctions and emotional instability than it has been about anything that Obama has or has not done.

    To try to counter that kind of pathology with facts is worse than a waste of time. It is evidence that you haven't understood the underlying problem. People like Bernice deserve our sympathy, but their "arguments" do not deserve to be taken seriously.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  22. Tom

    I wish the con-Obama people here would do one thing & only one. Prior to making the statements you're making you should stack it up against any & I mean any of the Republican administrations for the same time period in their presidencies. Not one has had the deck stacked against them the way that Obama has. Not one. Not one has had 2 wars to manage at that same time. For the circumstances the President is doing a very good job. It could be better, but there surely wasn't anyone that ran in the last election that would be his equal at this point.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  23. John

    Being an independent it gets rather old listening to the democrat and republican supporters trying to maintain common sense in their arguments. In the end, what both sides need to do is hold their side accountable. Instead you all start pointing fingers and avoiding the truth. For example, under Clinton administration when the budget was balanced, it was a republican congress or during last half of Bush's administration it was a democratic congress. Therefore, I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to blame or take credit at the party level. In end, both parties are spending way too much money on their agenda's which make their "friends and family" rich. Do you think that democrats that were elected in last half of bush’s presidency based on their anti-war support and then after they were elected their votes supported the war effort, that it was not tainted by their “friends and family’s” making money? This will continue until you (both demo and reps) stop pointing fingers at each other and wake up to what you are supporting. We need to start evaluating things on what is good for all Americans not what is good for one sector (the rich, the poor, a race or a political party). One non-disputable fact is that politicians lie to get elected etc.... I think you would be hard pressed to find a politician that has not from either party. When we made excuses for a president that lied in a court of law under oath, to me that say is all. Take the gardening analogy, manure is good for a garden but too much is not a good thing!! You will find that the weeds and insects prosper in these environments.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    The two party system is all about both parties doing the same to the American people. That is.......making empty promises, that aren't kept, and that they never intended to keep, in the first place.

    It is time to do away with the 2 party system in this country, and to make it possible for ordinary people, and not just the rich and famous, to run for office.

    All the rich and famous do, is make everything advantageous for them, at the expense of the majority middle class, while pretending to help the lower class.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  25. razmataz

    hjhaney July 13th, 2009 10:20 am ET

    Hey Bernice,
    Why don’t you get some facts before you comment. You’ve only ended up highlighting your ignorance for all to see. 90% of the debt belongs to Bush.
    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/whos-responsible-for-the-debt.html
    The Obameter Scorecard
    * Promise Kept 32
    * Compromise 9
    * Promise Broken 7
    * Stalled 12
    * In the Works 68
    * No Action 387
    _______________________________

    Yeah, OK, get your news from the Daily Dish. FYI the debt has nearly tripled since Obama took office, now way Bush is responsible for 90%, what a joke. you need to remove the blinders, put down the koolaid, and take an objective look at what's happening to this country and to our children's future.
    You really should inform yourself before showing the world how little you really know.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  26. Chris Davis

    Fact....Amount of industry Obama has momentarily intefered in; 82 billion dollars
    Total Worth of the free market: 39 trillion dollars.

    When people call the President a socialist, they are lying. Period point, blank.

    We forget that we had a leaderless leader in office during the early months of the economic turmoil, who invented TARP, which was money given w/ no strings, and credit did not even begin to loosen up. Thanks to Obama, he's at least let the private sector people know, that there will not be a free ride, w/ tax payer money....He may not have done it perfectly, but he's doing it.
    Let's remember, that the private sector begged us for a bailout!!!! They are the entities, that the GOP should be questioning in regards to where are the jobs!!!! We the tax payer saved them!!!

    July 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  27. Concerned Citizen

    Maybe obama wanted to debate this on cspan for all to see where everybody stands, but do you think for one minute any one of the other politicians, democrat or republican would agree to be exposed like that?

    also I am sick and tired of these republican senators already complaining why isn't the economy great already. that's weak. 8 years of spiraling down to this point and they expect this ship to stop and turn on a dime. this was a bigger mess than anyone thought once they had access to all the real data that bush and company weren't revealing.

    and lets not forget there is also plan for all these banks and financial firms to pay back the depth and be independent again. but then again try explaining that to a paranoid republican who agreed that it was ok for the government to wiretap and spy on anyone, at anytime, for any reason without cause in the name of national security. does KGB ring a bell!!??

    July 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  28. annie s

    What is most important is that the President has kept his promise to put health care reform at the forefront of his agenda, not whether he broadcast negotiations. Every candidate has a reality check once they are actually in office. Overall, the work this President has done in such a short period is impressive and holds true to the agenda he set forth as a candidate. I've been voting for Presidents since 1972 and this is the first time I feel such pride, optimism and confidence that this man will get the job done right!

    July 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  29. Xavier

    When the economy comes back around what are republicans going to complain about then? They best come to terms with the fact that Obama will be president for a second term, and we are all better for it.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  30. Mark

    Dave,

    Wish we could say the same for your writting skills. By the way Obummers night out cost us tens maybe houndreds of thousands of dollers.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  31. Kevin

    Disasters?? he hasn't been in office long enough for them to be bad or good; which just shows your ignorance. You hated him before he even got elected while you probably defended the Bush regime who ran this country into the ground. I just watched a student loan bill get passed two days ago that’s going to make it a lot easier for me and young people like me all over the country to afford college, and that takes affect 2017. What decisions have been made that you could possibly deem "disasters"?

    July 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  32. george cook

    DAVE you need do go back and do some REAL RESEARCH on what you think the % of Election Promises that MR. O made and the absolute # he has kept...AND...the # he has / is WAFFELING ON...changing his previous election promises to a softer tone like – "Oh it is clear that we didnt have all of the right or pertinent information!" Sure, Bush got a lot of crap for that...how about President O....he said the very same thing but it gets polished over by the media and lefties. How quick we forget !!!!! And Frank you need to check back on WHO uses LIES and similar tactics. I DID NOT have SEX with that Woman!! Oh My !!! but that's not an outright, blatent lie???? Just one simple example that the "other side" does it as well my friend. HJHANEY you got a little work to do yourself I think on Promises made, kept, broken, skated on and similar cited as "OH We didnt have all of the information we needed!" HUH?

    George

    July 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  33. Greg Ballantyne

    It is amazing that we now have president who keeps his campaign promises. Might be the first in my lifetime.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  34. R.J

    As far as the truth goes hussein obama promised the us change the only problem is thats all hes leaving our kids is change 😦

    July 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  35. tony in austin

    I see the words "socialist" and "socialistic" tossed around and have yet to find any specific definition of the jingoism.
    Are the pundits and ditto-heads referring to "a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state" (merriam-wedster)
    The closest I think we have come to this are the conditions (controls) on the Corporate Wellfare big buck pay outs. Telling those who take Corporate Welfare big buck pay outs that they need to follow some harsh rules and not squander OUR money in greed, corruption, and criminal stupidity does not seem like a bad idea or socialistic.
    Bush administration giving them MY/OUR money behind closed doors and starting this mess seems like a bad idea. And Oboma's administration doing the same for everyone to see is still a bad idea, but at least they took us to dinner first if you know what I mean.
    FWI- Corporate Welfare does not equal socialism; it is just Business As Usual. And something every tax payer should be up in arms (metaphorically) about.

    July 13, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  36. Melissa

    So? Obama started it. Its not his fault if the idiots on Congress won't broadcast it. But you Republicans don't care anything about fact, do you?

    July 13, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  37. Xavier

    I must say that the comments done here at CNN are far better than at the Fox website. Sure, we all may disagree on whether we are for, or against Obama and such, but the comments for the most part are done in a civil manner. Disagreements are followed by facts such as in the case of Bernice and hjhaney. To tell some one to check their facts is a lot more civil than to be told to go &^%$ yourself as was done on the Fox News website on more than one occasion. I spent an hour at the Fox website and I saw so many comments, words and attitudes that were extremely racist! They cussed, and used rhetoric that right out off the KKK playbook. I guess that is why CNN is the best place for news.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  38. Farnk, Las Vegas

    Bonner Lied? What a shock! This guy is slim right down to his strange color. Typical GOP lies and tactics.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  39. Cheri

    Time to be real. Negotiate health care or any other program on CSPAN was a ridiculous notion to start with. Do you think any of our elected officials want us to see them openly discuss something like this in public? I don't think so as it would show them as a bunch of people ( whose salaries we pay) who care not for us but for who contributes the most to their election war chests. Do you people believe everything a politician says? God help youf you do.
    As for debt for our" kids and grandkids"-please! Trillions were spent to fund an "off the books" war in Iraq- which is why none of our agencies work ( ex:the FDA and the SEC) and we're still paying the debt from War2, Korea and Nam! We will be in debt until hell freezes or we nuke ourselves off the earth.
    Time to be realistic and face up to the realities of the 21st Century

    July 13, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  40. hjhaney

    Hey Bernice,
    Why don't you get some facts before you comment. You've only ended up highlighting your ignorance for all to see. 90% of the debt belongs to Bush.
    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/whos-responsible-for-the-debt.html
    The Obameter Scorecard
    * Promise Kept 32
    * Compromise 9
    * Promise Broken 7
    * Stalled 12
    * In the Works 68
    * No Action 387

    July 13, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  41. larry

    Put it into context, people: This administration has a "fender bender"..the last one had a 40 car pile-up.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  42. Kansan

    I'm sure Obama had full intentions of keeping all his promises but like every president before him, he finds keeping those promises a difficult reality. It would help if he didn't have angry, sore loser Republicans trying to sabotage every possible positive move the president can make...after all, they "want" this administration to fail at all costs...The GOP would turn the United States into a third world country if it means getting their precious power back.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  43. Wendy in Socal

    Boehner lied? The truth isn't iteresting or devisive enough I guess. Obama made the promise to push for healthcare reform ad that is a promise he is fighting hard to keep, he may not be getting what he wants in the way he wanted it but that is what happens when you have to work within Washington politics.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  44. jim vicalvi

    Obummer found out quickly how easy it was to impose his socialist policies when he took over the auto companies and the banking industry. The banks have discovered what strings are being attached and are trying to get out from under. Good luck!! Now he is trying to take over the insurance companies. I will be the first to admit that the insurance companies do need to make a lot of changes.But, social medicine? Obummer's approval ratings are dropping already and pushing the voters to far and his objectives here might change things dramatically. The Pied Piper of Washington's tune might be getting seriously out of tune. The lemmings might, hopefully, wake up.

    July 13, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  45. Jay Allbritton

    If Obama had demanded the negotiations take place on C-SPAN, there would be no negotiations, ever.

    July 13, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  46. Dave

    Bernice, where do you get your information? Point one keeping promises, I know of about ten or more that he has kept, like stem cell research. Paid vacation by this time George Bush had took how many paid vacations? I can’t think of any President Obama has took unless you’re talking about the date he took his wife on. You have a great writing skill and you’re lot smarter than I am I’m sure but your facts are not close to being true so on the truth-o-meter you get a big false, pants on fire.

    July 13, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  47. michael armstrong sr.

    All presidents make promises when there running for election but then when they win they find out quickly whos really in control .

    July 13, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  48. Ann Corbitt

    I am AMAZED that a qualified, experienced woman of Hispanic immigrant backgrouen, smart, superbly educated and of long judicial experience who is NOT a pretty face ( like Sarah Barracuda...) could aspire to the high court! How DARE Obama select such an obviously divissive choice to moderate the white and almost entirely male Supreme Court! Just gave Sessions and and his minions all the ammunition they need to blast her, call HER a racist, and muddy her reputation. As to her Hispanic woman comment, as a swf age 70, born and raised in the South but living half my life in "liberal" New England, I agree w/her. Cosidering the last 8 years ruled by Cheney and Shrub Bush, how can anyone diagree? They'll all try to Boot the Hispanic Babe back to NY. May they meet the defeat they deserve!
    Angry Ole Steel Magnolia/ Tuff Nawthun Broad

    July 13, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  49. Bernice

    He has absolutely no intentions of keeping any of the promises that he has made! The promises did help him to get into office, but he will not be keeping them! This administration has full intentions of taking this country into a socialistic "big government" state! He is only setting up his future nest egg worldwide and has really no intentions of setting up the Americans nestegg. If it were up to him, he would rob our egg basket!! It may then help us Americans to be able to pay for more $6000 purses and $600 tennis shoes!! Don't worry ...throw him and his family a few more fully paid vacations, while we were told not to take any this year!! This administration, in my opinion, is robbing the American perople right out of thier future! If there is a way to impeach this guy, I would be in full favor of this! All of his decisions were total disasters ...not to mention, expensive mistakes that will cost us, our kids, and our grandkids for many years to come.

    July 13, 2009 at 7:11 am |