If you are still defending every action of our new President, you need to ask yourself a few questions.  First and foremost is this:  Is Mr. Obama living up to his promises, and, to his promise?

If you answer yes to both his promises and his promise, I think you are deceiving yourself to keep from being embarrassed for having been sold a bill of goods.  I think you are burying your head in the sand.  If you don’t admit that he has lied and broken promises, you don’t have to face the embarassment of having been conned.   If you believe he is living up to his promises, you are acting like Bill Clinton when he said that your answer depends on what your definition of is is.  Mr. Obama has clearly broken at least seven of his campaign promises.  You need to ask yourself why he would make each of these promises and then not keep them.  Two of his broken promises involved actions over which Mr. Obama has complete control and for which he can blame absolutely no one for breaking his word.

He promised to sign no legislation (that was not an emergency) without first posting it on line for five days to give time for public comment.  On the Campaign Trail, he read from his teleprompter on many occassions, “When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it, so that you know what your government’s doing.”  His campaign website stated, “Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, 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.”   Here, he is in complete control.  He said this or approved it for his website.  It took him just two weeks as President to break that promise when he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Bill the day it was passed by Congress.  To my knowledge he has not posted any bill for five days before signing it.  I am not even sure if he has posted ANY bill in its final form, for any period of time, to the White House Website prior to signing it.

Is this just a minor thing?  Is it really important?  Obama supporters will say it is not, that Mr. Obama has commented on all the bills before signing and that is the same thing.  Not so.  This is important.  This is like buying a product that says if you don’t like it, you can return it for full refund in five days but then when you return it they say, “Sorry, we told you all about it before you bought so we didn’t need to honor our promise of a return of funds.”  In short, Mr. Obama bought votes with this promise but his check has bounced.

Of a similar nature, Mr.Obama said on many occassions that one major change he would bring to Washington would be to have the most transparent government ever.  And, this was not just a campaign promise, about which the Obama supporters like to say, “Nobody keeps campaign promises.  Everyone knows they are just speeches to make people feel good.  No President in history has kept all his promises.”   He even signed an Executive Order to make it happen, sort of.  Mr. Obama even said that the debate about health care would be in the open and televised on C-SPAN.  The fact is that most of the debate is in Congress and almost all of it is behind closed doors, and, for Democrats only.  But that is Congress, not the President, you argue.  If Mr. Obama chose to honor his commitment, he need merely tell Congress (and Mr. Reid and Mrs. Pelosi in particular) that he will sign no bill that is not debated with full committees, in public.  Simple.  Why has he not done this?  Why has he not kept this promise?  Is it that he doesn’t want the debate in public?   Does he feel it would reveal all the conflicts of interest for all the players (from both sides of the aisle)?

If you are an Obama Supporter and you feel this is unfair to hold Mr. Obama to this standard (one he set, by the way), then please ask yourself the following questions:

Did you distrust Mr. Bush because “he lied” about WMD in Iraq?  In light of Mr. Obama’s “lies” why do you still trust him?

If you were a foreign government and Mr. Obama promised to protect you, would you believe him?  How would you feel about that promise if he chose to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan?

If you believed his promise to post any legislation for five days before signing, why are you not pressing him to live up to his promise?  Why would you believe any other promise he has made?

If you believed that the healthcare debate would be broadcast on C-SPAN, are you not just a little disappointed in your President and Congress?  Why would you believe any other promise he has made?

If you believed that the Promise of Mr. Obama was great, based on his promises, how do you  feel now?  If he doesn’t stop breaking his promises, will he ever be able to live up to his Promise?

I was taught as a kid that it takes a lifetime to build a solid reputation for honesty and a single lie to tear it down.  If the people can’t trust what the President says and our Allies can’t trust what he says, what will be the result for our country’s reputation?

If you make excuses for someone who breaks promises, are you just as bad, or, just unwilling to face reality?

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