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Like Carter in ’76, Obama Makes Lots of Promises
Unlike Him, Begins Breaking Them Before Election

During the 1976 campaign, Jimmy Carter became renowned for all the promises he made.  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.

Well, it seems yet another Democratic candidate for president has made a similar raft of promises.  Jack Tapper lists those he made just yesterday in Sarasota, Florida (via Instapundit).

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.  Carter appeared on the scenes as a contrast to Richard Nixon, the memory of whose duplicity was still fresh in Americans’ minds.  The Democrat who had never worked in Washington, appeared honest and trustworthy.  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.  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?



  1. Let’s see if I can predict the Obama cult response. Um… “All politicians lie. Bush lied. We hate Bush. We hate Palin. Hail Obama!.”

    Sound about right?

    Comment by V the K — October 31, 2008 @ 12:47 pm - October 31, 2008

  2. Obama assuages white guilt. He’s the token that represents an historically under-represented population, a grievance that must be addressed and he’s half white, so he’s a child of the rainbow. Obama comforts those who live in fear during a Republican administration. He doesn’t embarrass Americans concerned about their collective image abroad (at least not yet). Obama provides masturbation material to those who’ve fantasized about the mythic powers of the Forbidden Black Man. He’s young and hip, dances with Ellen, plays basketball, and does all the other modern things a cool candidate does that press the buttons of a weary electorate. He’s now, he’s fresh, he’s fun. Campaign promises don’t matter, image matters. I don’t care what his ideas are, whether they are feasible or even legal. I simply feel we need to start a new, more inclusive chapter in the American Story. Obama feels good and his religious cadence touches my soul. Heck, his name sounds good. (It’s ever so much like ‘Abel’ and McCain is … well, ‘Cain’ and we all know how that turned out, don’t we?)

    Comment by Ignatius — October 31, 2008 @ 4:34 pm - October 31, 2008

  3. 😮 I can’t believe the conclusion of that last comment. This is the President of the United States we’re voting for. Not president of the senior class or recipient of the “most likely to stay ‘hip'” award. People, get you acts together. Good God

    Comment by Timothy — November 1, 2008 @ 12:11 am - November 1, 2008

  4. Campaign promises don’t matter, image matters.

    No matter how much you polish a turd, it’s still a turd.

    Tim, I think he’s being facetious.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 1, 2008 @ 2:35 am - November 1, 2008

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