Barely a week into the transition period, President-elect Obama is already covering his tracks. First step was to remove campaign promises from public view, lest someone try to hold him to them.
“Gone from Change.gov are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 agenda items — from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy”
This from the Washington Times, which says the Obama camp “didn’t want the new administration tied to the campaign’s list” and “realized after the fact that they didn’t want to limit their agenda/priorities to what they put on the Web site before they had a clear picture of America’s needs in a postelection environment,”
The specific promises have been replaced with a generic paragraph:
“to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”
The site is being while the site “retools.” In other words, the message is being changed to fit the candidate’s real intentions, not what he had to say to get elected. If you think he was going to give you everything and cost you nothing, prepare for reality. If you thought moderation was the new watchword, hang on!
If you want to keep your own checklist, what Obama/Biden promised us is still at http://www.barackobama.com/issues/