During the 1976 campaign, Jimmy Carter became renowned for all the promises he made.Â Likely aware of this when he conceded defeat four years later he began by acknowledging the one promise he did keep, that he wouldn’t lie to the American people.
Carter didn’t keep most of his promises.
In 1976, however, as the untested Georgian made his pitch to the American people, voters had no way of knowing that.Â Carter appeared on the scenes as a contrast to Richard Nixon, the memory of whose duplicity was still fresh in Americans’ minds.Â The Democrat who had never worked in Washington, appeared honest and trustworthy.Â People thought they could take him at his word.
In contrast to Carter, even accepting the Democratic nomination for President, Obama had already begun breaking his promises.Â If he can’t keep a promise he made about the way he was going to campaign, how can we trust him to keep the promises he has made about how he’s going to run the country?
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