Fact-Checked Promises President Obama Has Kept

Obama Promises

Conservatives are always going on and on about how President Obama has done nothing, which could not be further from the truth.

This list has all been fact-checked and, in fact, is an abbreviated version of the list of promises that President Obama has kept from  http://www.politifact.com/.


  1. Add another Space Shuttle flight
  2. Allocate Homeland Security funding according to risk
  3. Appoint a special adviser to the president on violence against women
  4. Appoint a White House Coordinator for Nuclear Security
  5. Appoint an American Indian policy adviser
  6. Appoint an assistant to the president for science and technology policy
  7. Appoint at least one Republican to the cabinet
  8. Appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer
  9. Ask people and businesses to conserve electricity
  10. Assure that the Veterans Administration budget is prepared as ‘must-pass’ legislation
  11. Attract more students to science and math
  12. Ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees
  13. Bolster the military’s ability to speak different languages
  14. Centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters
  15. Champion the importance of arts education
  16. Change standards for determining broadband access
  17. Close the “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription drug plan
  18. Conduct robust research and development on future space missions
  19. Consider “smart growth” in transportation funding
  20. Create a best practices list for private businesses in accommodating workers with disabilities
  21. Create a community college partnership program
  22. Create a consumer-friendly credit card rating system
  23. Create a ‘Green Vet Initiative’ to promote environmental jobs for veterans
  24. Create a Homeowner Obligation Made Explicit (HOME) score for mortgage comparisons
  25. Create a military families advisory board
  26. Create a national declassification center
  27. Create a rapid response fund for emerging democracies
  28. Create a real National Infrastructure Protection Plan
  29. Create a Social Investment Fund Network
  30. Create a White House Office on Urban Policy
  31. Create an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes
  32. Create an artist corps for schools
  33. Create an international tax haven watch list
  34. Create job training programs for clean technologies
  35. Create new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud
  36. Create new financial regulations
  37. Create White House performance team and chief performance officer
  38. Create youth service corps
  39. Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq
  40. Double federal spending for research on clean fuels
  41. Eliminate the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans
  42. Enact tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars
  43. Encourage farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient
  44. Encourage water-conservation efforts in the West
  45. End the “Stop-loss” program of forcing troops to stay in service beyond their expected commitments
  46. End the abuse of supplemental budgets for war
  47. End the use of torture
  48. Enhance earth mapping
  49. Equalize tax breaks for driving and public transit
  50. Establish a credit card bill of rights
  51. Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas
  52. Establish an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information
  53. Establish program to convert manufacturing centers into clean technology leaders
  54. Establish ‘Promise Neighborhoods’ for areas of concentrated poverty
  55. Establish school programs to highlight space and science achievements
  56. Establish special crime programs for the New Orleans area
  57. Expand access to places to hunt and fish
  58. Expand eligibility for Medicaid
  59. Expand eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
  60. Expand federal bioforensics program for tracking biological weapons
  61. Expand funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners
  62. Expand housing vouchers program for homeless veterans
  63. Expand loan programs for small businesses
  64. Expand Pell grants for low-income students
  65. Expand public/private partnerships between schools and arts organizations
  66. Expand teacher mentoring programs and provide incentives for more planning time
  67. Expand the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers
  68. Expand the Senior Corps volunteer program
  69. Expand the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care
  70. Expand Veterans Centers in rural areas
  71. Explore whether International Space Station can operate after 2016
  72. Extend and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch
  73. Extend child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes
  74. Extend monitoring and verification provisions of the START I Treaty
  75. Extend unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits
  76. Fully fund federal contribution to the preservation of the Everglades
  77. Fully fund the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  78. Fully fund the Veterans Administration
  79. Fully fund the Violence Against Women Act
  80. Fund a major expansion of AmeriCorps
  81. Give a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration
  82. Give tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums
  83. Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba
  84. Help states and localities address sprawl
  85. If you don’t have insurance, or don’t like the insurance you have, you’ll be able to choose a new plan on a health insurance exchange
  86. Implement “Women Owned Business” contracting program
  87. Implement and fund proven health intervention programs
  88. Improve climate change data records
  89. Improve relations with Turkey, and its relations with Iraqi Kurds
  90. Improve water quality

  91. In non-competitive markets, force insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care
  92. Increase efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy
  93. Increase funding for land-grant colleges
  94. Increase funding for local emergency planning
  95. Increase funding for national parks and forests
  96. Increase funding for programs that conserve lands and habitat for select species such as the Osceola turkey
  97. Increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency
  98. Increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  99. Increase funding to expand community based prevention programs
  100. Increase minority access to capital
  101. Increase non-military aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion
  102. Increase special operations forces and civil affairs
  103. Increase spending to prepare for longer space missions
  104. Increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps
  105. Increase the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals
  106. Initiate a grant and training program for law enforcement to deter cyber crime
  107. Invest in all types of alternative energy
  108. Invest in public transportation
  109. Launch a supportive services-housing program for veterans to prevent homelessness
  110. Launch an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)
  111. Launch educational initiative for employers on tax benefits of hiring employees with disabilities
  112. Make greater investment in advanced military air technology
  113. Make military deployments predictable for troops and families
  114. Make National Guard leader a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  115. Make U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on anti-terror efforts
  116. More controlled burns to reduce wildfires
  117. No permanent bases in Iraq
  118. Open “America Houses” in Islamic cities around the globe
  119. Open new consulates “in the tough and hopeless corners of the world”
  120. Organize successful Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2010
  121. Partner to enhance the potential of the International Space Station
  122. Promote cultural diplomacy
  123. Promote innovative ways to reward good teachers
  124. Promote more pre-school education
  125. Protect American intellectual property abroad
  126. Provide $30 billion over 10 years to Israel
  127. Provide affordable, high-quality child care
  128. Provide grants to early-career researchers
  129. Provide grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes
  130. Pursue a wildfire management plan
  131. Push for a college football playoff system
  132. Push for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors
  133. Raise fuel economy standards
  134. Raise the small business investment expense limit to $250,000 through the end of 2009
  135. Rebuild schools in New Orleans
  136. Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession
  137. Reduce subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers
  138. Reform mandatory minimum sentences
  139. Reform No Child Left Behind
  140. Reform the patent system
  141. Reinstate executive order to hire an additional 100,000 federal employees with disabilities within five years.
  142. Release oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve
  143. Release presidential records
  144. Remove more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires
  145. Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
  146. Reproductive health care will be “at the heart” of health care reform.
  147. Require 10 percent renewable energy by 2012
  148. Require Cabinet officials to host Internet town hall meetings
  149. Require children to have health insurance coverage
  150. Require economic justification for tax changes
  151. Require health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care
  152. Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
  153. Require large employers to contribute to a national health plan
  154. Require more energy-efficient appliances
  155. Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
  156. Require states to provide incentives for utilities to reduce energy consumption
  157. Restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program
  158. Restore funding to the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  159. Reverse restrictions on stem cell research
  160. Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles
  161. Send two additional brigades to Afghanistan
  162. Set goals and timetables for implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
  163. Share environmental technology with other countries
  164. Sign a “universal” health care bill
  165. Stand down nuclear forces to be reduced under the Moscow Treaty
  166. Stop the development of new nuclear weapons
  167. Strengthen and expand military exchange programs with other countries
  168. Strengthen antitrust enforcement
  169. Strengthen the levees in New Orleans
  170. Support airline service in small towns
  171. Support commercial access to space
  172. Support funding and reform for Amtrak
  173. Support high-speed rail
  174. Support increased funding for the NEA
  175. Support network neutrality on the Internet
  176. Support regional innovation clusters
  177. Use the International Space Station for fundamental biological and physical research
  178. Use the private sector to improve spaceflight
  179. Vigorously pursue hate crimes and civil rights abuses
  180. We will kill bin Laden

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