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  • Yes, I think he is doing exactly what he said he would when he got into office.

    10 22.73%
  • Sort of. I think it may take him longer to do some things than I previously thought.

    13 29.55%
  • No, he hasn't done anything useful in office and I don't think he ever will.

    19 43.18%
  • Who's Obama?

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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    I don't expect Obama to fulfill many of his promises. That whole bi-partisanship thing went down the toilet fast when it came to brass tacks.

    He never had a platform to run on except "change". I don't think anyone who voted for him challenged that issue and quite frankly, GW screwed things up so badly that they would have voted anyone in on the democratic ticket. And of all the potential candidates (especially Hillary who could have done some serious damage with her socialist ideology), Obama's probably the safest since he's really not going to do anything hopefully.

    I just hope he doesn't tax and spend us into oblivion.
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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    I think Obama greatly underestimated the economic crisis as well as a lot of other things. I think it's going to take a lot longer than he initially realized. Time will certainly tell how good of a President he will end up being. He's been in office an incredibly short time, so I think it's premature of either side of the political spectrum to judge him favorably or unfavorably. He is being seriously tested quite early in his Presidency with this Stimulus Bill and it is certainly dividing people. Some are optimistic and others think it is doomed for failure. We will simply have to wait and see.

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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    He is being seriously tested quite early in his Presidency with this Stimulus Bill and it is certainly dividing people. Some are optimistic and others think it is doomed for failure. We will simply have to wait and see.

    I do wonder how that Stimulus Bill will turn out. As it is right now, I will receive $400 next year during tax season. Wow. Now I can go buy that new driver I've had my eye on for so long and drag the economy out of the dumps.

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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Its too early to tell but Im going towards no.
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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    No.


    He lied his way into the white house and this will be a repeat of the jimmy carter years.


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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    No.


    He lied his way into the white house and this will be a repeat of the jimmy carter years.


    pucker up.

    Ouch.

    I'm not a huge fan, but I don't entirely blame him for everything. I do believe he is more of political shell than anything else. My guess is that he has very little say in what he does.

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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    ...He lied his way into the white house and this will be a repeat of the jimmy carter years......
    If he does well he could be compared to Reagan. If he does bad, definately Jimmy Carter.

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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Quote Originally Posted by DGomez View Post
    Let's face it: no president ever fulfills all of their campaign promises. However, I would venture to argue that Obama dished out more promises than average.

    IMHO, he hasn't done much thus far. The only thing he has really done is put a cap on salaries in the White House. I find it amusing that the cap was higher than what anyone was actually making in the White House. But I digress.

    So what do you say? For those who like him: is he living up to your expectations? For those who don't: are your worst fears being realized?
    campaign and real politics is two entirely different things. He even changed campaign promises from the beginning of the campaign to the end of it. He was not the same man that was elected as in the beginning of his campaign.

    He is however delivering some good things in some bad times.
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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    No.


    He lied his way into the white house and this will be a repeat of the jimmy carter years.


    pucker up.
    You know, this attitude is starting to piss me off. I mean, this is the kind of remark you would hear from someone in North Korea, or maybe Iran. He just throws it out there that "he lied his way into the white house" with absolutely no justification, and completely ignoring the major, serious lies from the Bush administration that these same people pooh-pooed only a few weeks ago. Lies like "we started the war on faulty intelligence", and "the US does not torture". It just amazes me that you can defend things like that, yet claim that this president, in office 3 weeks, and who has accomplished an incredible amount in that short time, is a failure and "lied his way into office".

    I, for one, will insist you put some proof behind these outrageous and un-American statements, and not just stand behind the first amendment. Yes, you are an American and free to say what you want, but you are beginning to sound more like AlQaeda.

    There is nothing constructive about trying to tear down the government just because your side lost. Besides, your side didn't just lose, it totally ****ed up this country, its economy, its foreign relations, and its military. You started your eight year attempt at governance with a 2 trillion dollar surplus, and left it in tatters, in a recession that actually may be a depression. And yet you refuse even to let the other side clean up your mess. Incredible.

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    Re: Do you think Obama is living up to his promises?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Thus far I'm leaning towards no, but it is early. However some things, early or not, are clear.

    No lobbyists in his white house. This is a promise that was broke. There's really no two ways around it, you can't say "give it more time" because time isn't going to suddenly erase it. He said no lobbyists in his white house, he made it a campaign issue, he then put lobbyists in his white house.

    A change from politics as usual. We have new "ethics" reform in lobbyists in the executive that he talked about that, in typical Bush fashion, was filled with loopholes specifically to allow him to put in the people he still wanted to get in; and even then had to break those rules or bend them for some of them. That's politics as usual. Using fear to force through gigantic legislation because if we don't pass it NOW catastrophe will occur; that's politics as usual. Not condemning things when your party then comes out and completely ignores a prior agreement of 48 hours before the final vote and instead rushes it forward. That's politics as usual.

    Now, in a general thing, there's still time to see. In some ways he has kept his promise...he's gotten health care into the stimulus, some of his tax cuts seems to be included, etc.

    So in my mind, he's living up to some, failing on others, but still needs more time to get an over all view of it.
    I completely agree.

    I have been disappointed on some of his actions (appointees, loopholes in EOs) but policy wise (healthcare, tax cuts, etc.) he seems to be moving forward with what he said he would do.
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