PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama's IOUs start coming due
By CALVIN WOODWARD | Associated Press – Mon, Apr 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential campaigns are long in the making, quick to be forgotten. But one part of them lives on
for years: the victor's promises.
President Barack Obama paved his path to re-election with fewer promises than in 2008. The ones he did lay down, though,
are meaty, legacy-shaping for him and consequential to ordinary lives today and for generations to come, for better or worse.
They also are extraordinarily difficult to achieve in a time of gridlock grief and budgets that are tight when they are not
He's promised to set a course in law against global warming, stop Iran from gaining the ability to make nuclear weapons,
slash America's use of foreign oil, restrain college costs, take a big bite out of the national debt even while protecting the
heart of the big entitlement programs and overhaul immigration law.
He's promised to make health insurance not only universally accessible, but "affordable," through a 2010 health care law
that is finally entering prime time and will be tested soon.
It's a sure bet that many who voted Republican want some of Obama's promises to fail. They didn't sign up for tax increases
on the wealthy or a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally.
But as closely divided as the country is, most Americans support Obama's ends, if not the means. Who doesn't want a lighter
national debt or better health care for less?
In that sense, everyone's got a stake in seeing him make good on his broad-brush promises.
Whatever a candidate's promises, legacies are made by how a president manages matters of war and peace, economic growth
and weakness, social change and traditional values, and whatever crises come out of the blue.
If this decade somehow becomes the Roaring Teens, history may not care much about a big broken promise or two. If jobs
are demolished, that's what will be remembered, not th