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The Obama Files

Lack Of Accomplishments

January 24, 2012

Obama blames Congress for inaction, but Americans blame his administration.

A Majority Of Americans Think Obama Has Accomplished “Not Much” Or “Little To Nothing.” “Slightly more than half the respondents — 52 percent — say Obama has accomplished ‘not much’ or ‘little or nothing’ as president, while 47 percent offer a positive assessment of his record.” (Jon Cohen And Dan Balz, “Electorate Is Sharply Split Over Obama, Poll Finds,” Washington Post , 1/18/12)

Obama Is The Campaigner In Chief

Obama Has Regular Calls To The Campaign In Chicago, Timing Of Announcements Coincides With Republican Primaries And Poor Economic Conditions In Swing States. “Obama and his top aides hold regular calls with campaign staff in Chicago, and it shows. The White House timed the recess appointment of a new consumer watchdog to counter the Iowa caucuses and a jobs summit to bookend the New Hampshire primary. At that summit, he singled out four swing states — Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio — as places that could benefit from his manufacturing policies. Obama raised millions of dollars at nine fundraisers in the past two weeks alone.” (Carrie Budoff Brown And Glenn Thrush, State Of The Union: President Obamas Big Campaign Speech,” Politico, 1/23/12)

Obama Traveled To Swing States To Make Major Administration Announcements. “Take the past few months. A series of policy decisions and ‘We Can’t Wait’ executive actions appeared to spring straight from a political checklist. He traveled to the swing state of Florida to announce efforts to boost the tourism industry. He thrilled labor unions with his unilateral appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board. He answered long-standing calls from the Hispanic community to use his executive power to make changes to the immigration system.” (Carrie Budoff Brown And Glenn Thrush, State Of The Union: President Obamas Big Campaign Speech,” Politico, 1/23/12)

  • Five Of Six Domestic Day Trips Obama Has Made Since November Have Been To “Politically Important States.” “Of a half-dozen domestic day trips Obama made in November, December and so far in January, five were to politically important states both parties will be contesting this fall – North Carolina, Ohio, New Hampshire and, twice, Pennsylvania.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press, 1/12/12)

Obama White House Says Obama’s “Level Of Engagement” With Campaigning Is “Relatively Low Now.” “Well, Jeff, as you know there is a reelection campaign located in Chicago.  And this President is doing the things that he needs to do to prepare for his campaign, but his  — the level of his engagement is relatively low now because he has work to do as President.” (Jay Carney, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 1/9/12)

  • “But In Reality, Obama Is Increasingly Involved In His Re-Election, Staying In Regular Contact With His Campaign Staff, Raising Money And Evaluating Republican Debate Performances.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press, 1/12/12)

Obama’s Unfulfilled Promises

Obama Made Many Promises In His Two Previous State Of The Union Address That Have Been Met:

  • “2011: -Make a tuition tax credit permanent. -Eliminate billions in taxpayer dollars to oil companies. -Overhaul immigration and education laws. -Reform the tax code to eliminate loopholes and lower corporate rates.” (“Unfulfilled Promises From Previous Obama Speeches,” The Associated Press, 1/23/12)
  • “2010: -Meet monthly with congressional Democratic and Republican leaders. -Overhaul immigration and education laws. -Slash tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and give them to companies that create jobs in the U.S.” (“Unfulfilled Promises From Previous Obama Speeches,” The Associated Press, 1/23/12)