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(You Made Me) Promises, Promises

Over the weekend, there was a rather large gay rights rally in DC. At it, speaker after speaker after speaker loudly demanded (with a minimum of lisping) that President Obama keep his promise and repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy about gays serving openly.

Oh, silly, silly poofters. How little you know about our Commander In Chief.

Obama's stock in trade is in making promises. Not in keeping them.

Obama's whole career has been built on making promises that he's never held to. He was elected to the Senate in 2004 with a pledge to serve his full term. Had he kept that one, there's a good chance Rod Blagojevich would still be Illinois' governor and most of the country would have no idea who Roland Burris was.

Saturday Night Live recently had a skit about how few of Obama's promises he's kept. Making Afghanistan our top priority. Listening to his generals. Closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Fixing the economy.

When he argued for the stimulus package, he said that it was necessary -- without it, unemployment would rise. We passed it, now unemployment's well past what he said it would be without the stimulus package.

He promised to usher in a new era of bipartisanship, of openness, of integrity, of post-race politics. He said he'd forbid lobbyists from serving in his administration.

I still recall that at one point during the health care mess, the administration announced that it was so fed up with the Congressional bickering, that it was going to put together its own proposal for health care reform over the weekend.

Think about that for a moment. Health care reform was Obama's signature issue, but he didn't bother to even put together his own program until this summer -- and only then because Congress wasn't doing it.

Hell, read the citation for his Nobel Peace Prize. It wasn't for anything he has done, but what he has promised to do.

That is a good chunk of the reason I didn't get too upset when he won the presidency. I was counting on a healthy portion of his promises to be proven empty. And so far, he's tremendously exceeded my expectations.

For a while, there was a meme that all of Obama's promises come with expiration dates -- usually hidden ones. Now, though, it appears that Obama's beliefs are inspired by Lewis Carroll:

"'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'"

Gosh, I hope this doesn't mean I'm a raaaaacist or something...


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Comments (26)

I nominate Obama for the Su... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I nominate Obama for the Superbowl Trophy. I promise to support him. I promise to help him get healthcare passed. I promise to support immigration reform. I promise to wear boots all the time. I promise to use only natural cheese.

Hey this promise stuff is easy. Try it. ww

Promises are easy, when all... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Promises are easy, when all you do is campaign.

Barry has never met a promi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry has never met a promise he didn't like.

With any luck it will be th... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

With any luck it will be the hallmark of his administration...

Obama promised that pro-gun... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Obama promised that pro-gun people had noting to fear from him, yet there's hardly a box of pistol ammo to be had from either sporting goods stores or even Wal-Mart. As we are starting to see, that level of public distrust is spreading rapidly to many other sectors.

When you hear Obama go down his list of what healthcare reform will do and won't do, people need to realize they are hollow promises. The only thing healthcare reform will do is put government in charge of healthcare, increase taxes, and even with that, increase the deficit. Hollow promises are Obama's stock-in-trade, and a promise never intended to be kept is a lie.

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. --U.S. psychological profile of Adolf Hitler
-Freedom of Choice Act woul... (Below threshold)

-Freedom of Choice Act would be the first bill he signs. Signed a bill making it easier to sue employers first.

-no lobbyists...what'd that last? a day?

-all non-emergency legislation on the White House website for at least 5 days before signing. Has he done that with anything, yet? Broke that one with the very first thing he signed.

-"not any of your taxes". Unless you smoke, of course.

-Iraq withdrawal - not so much

-Gitmo - not so much

-rein in earmarks? - we're waiting

-'We've come to proclaim the end of petty grievances, the recriminations that have strangled our politics.' - was that what he was doing when he was attacking Rush Limbaugh, calling everyone that has read the health care bills (which he hasn't) a liar, "trumping" Republicans when they ask to be involved in legislation development, asking Americans to report their friends, family, and neighbors to the White House if they oppose him, letting his AG dismiss voter intimidation charges against blacks, etc?

-"I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years...I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job, and I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. There may be some who are comfortable with doing that, but I'm not one of those people." - nuff said

-"Every dollar that I've proposed, I've proposed an additional cut so that it matches." - you can laugh now

etc etc etc. It hasn't even been a year and this is just some of the bigger stuff.

Why should he bother to kee... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Why should he bother to keep his promises? He's got diplomatic immunity from the major media.

Until the press starts calling him on his growing list of empty promises, he's Rollo Tomasi.

The Wizard of SAUD says "Pa... (Below threshold)
Eric:

The Wizard of SAUD says "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

SAUD/JFO:Lighten u... (Below threshold)

SAUD/JFO:

Lighten up, Francis.

J.

Wrong song, JT:<block... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Wrong song, JT:

Tell me lies Tell me sweet little lies

Is far more appropriate at this point.

He really is an "empty suit... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

He really is an "empty suit". Just like his "empty promises". He lies, he promises, he lies some more, then promises some more. Is that the reason a lot of people who voted for him are now crying the blues about how unfair he is to Americans. He is the only president in history that I know of who has never put their hand over their heart and pledged to support America. He is unAmerican, and it is a disgrace to call him Commander-in-Chief. He has no idea what courage and fortitude it takes to be a part of the American military. He is a coward of the worst sort, and I will be so happy when he is impeached for treason. I love my country and I support our troops and our military, unlike this BOZO.
Madalyn

Probably, Rodney, but I've ... (Below threshold)

Probably, Rodney, but I've used that one before. Possibly twice.

J.

Ah, Saud. That was weaker ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Ah, Saud. That was weaker than usual. Much, much weaker...

So carefully you avoid the actual substance, instead focusing on the irrelevant... what is it - are you coming to realize that the actual intent backing Obama's promises is about as substantial as a projection on fog?

That he DOESN'T have anything other than charisma cranked to 11?

I'm sure Obama believes everything he says - when he says it. Five minutes later? "Oh look! Something shiny!" The thing is - he keeps making promises and sooner or later he's got to back them up with action, and looking over his past history his habit of doing that is notably missing...

So you have to ask yourself - are you happy with a President who's constantly promising all sorts of amazing things, who has no intention of ever making an effort to keep those promises? Who believes that the government should run a sixth of the national economy, yet screwed up something as relatively simple as Cash4Clunkers?

Or are you starting to 'repent', but dare not say the word?

SAUD, get a sense of humor ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

SAUD, get a sense of humor will ya'.

"Rule 5"

"There is no rule 5"

"Rule 6"

"I'm very happy with his fi... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

"I'm very happy with his first 10 months."

We get that, SAUD.

Most of us are not. That's what you don't get.

Oh, SAUD...I'm far... (Below threshold)

Oh, SAUD...

I'm far, far more progressive on gay rights than the president. I've long been an advocate of gay marriage, while he supports the Defense of Marriage Act.

So you get all bent out of shape over a little good-natured teasing on my behalf, and give Obama a complete pass for his actions.

So, tell me, did he teach you how to do that little swirl thing with your tongue, or is that natural talent? Whichever, you and he both seem to enjoy it tremendously.

J.

SAUD is JFO?LMAO!<... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

SAUD is JFO?

LMAO!

LMAO, Saud -It's a... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

LMAO, Saud -

It's awfully easy to promise - it's a lot harder to keep the promise.

But that doesn't really matter, does it? Obama knows as long as he keeps promising, he'll keep fools like you supporting him.

In fact, it'd probaby be better if he DIDN'T do anything but promise. After all - when it goes beyond words his track record is pretty shabby.

Oyster -Yep, SAUD ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Oyster -

Yep, SAUD admitted he was JFO. Wouldn't be surprised if he was VIC, also.

#19Dream on jac as... (Below threshold)
914:

#19

Dream on jac ass

Inflating Obama's numbers S... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Inflating Obama's numbers SAUD, is the act of a desperate person. The left is going after Obama and the right never supported the inexperienced baffoon. All you have are juvenile names. "Your racist". "Your homophobic". "Your terroists". "Your nazi's". Don't you get it? You guys are a punchline now. ww

Actually, WW, he's not tota... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Actually, WW, he's not totally wrong.

Obama Job Approval at 56% After Nobel Win
But there's a catch
"In fact, odds are the bump will not last, since the improvement in his rating from his term-low 50% early last week has come exclusively among independents and Republicans."
And we won't even look at the approval levels for Congress... 21%?

But that's better than the 14% last year - and much worse than the 37% in May.

Some people don't think he'... (Below threshold)
Annie:

Some people don't think he'll actually do it, and because of that it's leading some media outlets to debate what will happen.

http://www.newsy.com/videos/obama_i_will_end_don_t_ask_don_t_tell

So let me get this straight... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

So let me get this straight. I must have been on vacation when SAUD admitted to being JFO.

It wasn't enough that JFO poisoned the well for as long as he did, now he's a phony too? JFO, who wanted to change his tone and speak with a modicum of civility that lasted but a few days and went back to being a jerk, has returned under a brand new moniker effectively shedding any responsibility he had as JFO to remain civil just so he could keep being what he is ... an unrepentant asshole?

This is too rich.

Oyster -Yet they s... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Oyster -

Yet they see themselves as paragons of honesty and civility - or so it seems.

Makes you kind of wonder how their self-image could be so divorced from reality.

Poofters, eh?What ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Poofters, eh?

What up, Republicans!




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