Can Politicians Live Up to Their Promises? (cont.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning website, Politifact.com rates today's politicians on their ability to deliver on their pledges. It also calls out fake news. Its "Trump-O-Meter" reports that 49% of President Trump's campaign pledges are "In the Works" while 31% are "Stalled," and 8% represent "Promises Kept." At press time, Trump's pledge to "Move U.S Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: was "In the Works."
On the flip side, prior to becoming president, Trump said that he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. In November 2017, the Justice Department took a closer look at Clinton, but pushed back on calls for special counsel.
Some experts believe that many presidents want to keep promises, but conditions change or new information arises. President Trump is the first president without any political or military experience and many believe that he underestimated the challenge.
Early into his presidency, America watched President Trump stumble on Obamacare. Just a month into his presidency, Trump said, “It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
Many of President Barack Obama’s critics argue that his eagerness to honor a campaign promise to get out of Iraq created a power vacuum that led to the rise of the Islamic State.
Politifact.com reported that Mr. Obama delivered on about 70% of his 2008 and 2012 campaign promises, either by achieving exactly what he wanted or accepting half a loaf through compromise.