Obama’s Expiration Dates

One of my favorite on-going shticks in blog land is Jim Geraghty’s about Obama expiration dates.  Some time during the 2008 campaign, Geraghty noticed that candidate Obama was particularly fond of taking strong and unequivocal stands that expired fairly quickly. 

Geraghty uses Obama’s attempt to defend his caving on tax issues, during which he claimed that “[t]here’s not a single thing that I have said that I would do that I have not done or tried to do,” to remind us of the looooong list of Obama promises that have exceeded their shelf lives.  Do read the whole thing when you have the time.  As I said, it is quite long.

Here are a few of my favorites to whet your appetite:


STATEMENT: “These negotiations will be on C-SPAN, and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the decisions that are being made.” January 20, 2008, and seven other times.

EXPIRATION DATE: Throughout the summer, fall, and winter of 2009 and 2010; when John McCain asked about it during the health-care summit February 26, Obama dismissed the issue by declaring, “the campaign is over, John.”

* * *


STATEMENT: Executive order stating, “The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” January 22, 2009.

EXPIRATION DATE: November 19, 2009: “Guantánamo, we had a specific deadline that was missed.”

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STATEMENT: “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could disown my own grandmother.”

–Barack Obama, March 18, 2008

EXPIRATION DATE: on April 28, 2008, Obama cut all ties to Wright, declaring, “Based on his remarks yesterday, well, I may not know him as well as I thought.”

STATEMENT: Obama said on March 18, 2008, that his church, Trinity United, “embodies the black community in its entirety” and was being caricatured.

EXPIRATION DATE: On May 31, 2008, Obama resigned his membership at Trinity United Church.

President Obama is very lucky to have any credibility on any issue at all.  And by “lucky,” I mean he should be eternally thankful to media lapdogs who have ignored, suppressed, and attempted to explain away all of these fundamentally dishonest contradictions.

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