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Posted on Feb 2, 2009 in Barack Obama, Beltway Politics, Campaign '08, Government, News, Party Politics

Barack Obama Breaks First Campaign Promise

Barack Obama has been President of the United States for only a few days now, yet he’s already broken his first of many campaign promises. This time involving the quick passage and signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

From Politifact.com

Promise No. 234:Barack Obama Campaign Promise No. 234:

Allow five days of public comment before signing bills

To reduce bills rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them, Obama “will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”

with corresponding video from CNN.com:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZUvJ4McXv4[/youtube]

Was this just a slip up, or the first of many broken campaign promises?

To be honest, I don’t think there has ever been a politician who has kept all (or even most) of their campaign promises, so I wouldn’t expect anything different from President Obama.

It’s easy to be idealistic when you’re looking at the job of President as an outsider, but once you’re inside you realize the stark realities (both political and personal) that go along with the job. Even the most honest President is destine to be put in a position where they’ll have to change their positions simply due to the climate in Washington, often on multiple occasions.