President Obama’s biggest Broken Promises
During his two terms, President Barack Obama has seen through a considerable amount of what he promised during his campaign.
He signed into law a historic health care bill, a goal Democrats have had for decades. Osama Bin Laden was taken down under his command, and he passed emergency legislation, which many economists say halted the 2008 recession from descending into an all-out depression.
However, the 44 president of the United States has not made good on every promise, and with less than a month until Donald Trump takes office, it looks like there will be major blemishes on his legacy.
Obama campaigned in 2008 on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, saying in 2007 during a Democratic primary debate that the United States had, “suspended habeas corpus to the extent that we aren’t being true to our values and ideals. That sends a negative message to the world and it gives us less leverage when we want to deal with countries that are abusing human rights.”
As he heads into his final days as president, GITMO remains open. Even if Obama has significantly reduced the number of detainees by 76 percent. Similarly to closing GITMO, Obama also has been unable to restore habeas corpus rights for enemy combatants.
Obama’s campaign platform stated, “The right of habeas corpus allows prisoners to ask a court to determine whether they are being lawfully imprisoned. Recently, this right has been denied to those deemed enemy combatants. Barack Obama strongly supports bipartisan efforts to restore habeas rights. He firmly believes that those who pose a danger to this country should be swiftly tried and brought to justice, but those who do not should have sufficient due process to ensure that we are not wrongfully denying them their liberty.”
A few other considerable broken promises include Obama’s plan to eliminate gas and oil tax loopholes. His platform to expand the child and dependent care credit. Obama also promised to require publicly traded financial partnerships pay corporate income tax, and also the closure of loopholes in the corporate tax deductibility of CEO pay.
But perhaps the most glaring shortcoming of Obama’s legacy will be his failure to bring change to Washington. Obama campaigned famously and successfully on bringing “hope and change” to politics, but even according to the president himself, he wasn’t fully able to live up to his famous slogan.
Speaking with Vice News during the final months of his presidency in 2016, he was asked about his promise to transform the political environment. Obama jokingly said, “Well, that didn’t work out did it.”
– AOL News