Promises made, promises not kept
Let’s look at some of President Barack Obama’s public promises:
- April 9, 2009: “And we will not rest until we reach a day when not one single veteran falls into homelessness.”
- May 11, 2009: “I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America.”
- Sept. 15, 2009: “I want you all to know, I will not rest until anybody who’s looking for a job can find one – and I’m not talking about just any job, but good jobs that give every American decent wages and decent benefits and a fair shot at the American Dream.”
- Nov. 2, 2009: “We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs.”
- Nov. 23, 2009: “I will not rest until businesses are investing again, and businesses are hiring again.”
- Jan. 28, 2010: “We will not rest until we build an economy that’s ready for America’s future.”
- March 5, 2010: “I’m not gonna rest and my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job.”
- July 8, 2010: “My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job.”
- July 23, 2012, speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars: “The VA and DOD will work harder towards a seamless transition so new veterans aren’t just piled on to the backlog. And we will not rest – I will not be satisfied until we get this right.”
Have all the promises been kept, or has the president rested anyway? Do the 177 rounds of golf he has played since being inaugurated count as rest? Do we have any reason to be concerned with his work ethic?
Empty promises that sound wonderful but are never fulfilled are the hallmark of President Obama. The people of this great republic deserve better. We must do better in choosing our leaders.
Franklin D. Crutchfield
Letter to the Editor