Friday, August 10, 2012

Obama's admissions to broken promises

I was just reading the text of Obama’s Inaugural Address of three years ago, and it’s interesting to compare some of its text with that of his State of the Union Address from last January:

Inaugural Address, 2009

“We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” – Inaugural Address, 2009

State of the Union Address, 2012

“We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges; a power grid that wastes too much energy; an incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world.” – State of the Union Address, 2012

“We will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.” – Inaugural Address, 2009

“At a time when other countries are doubling down on education, tight budgets have forced states to lay off thousands of teachers.” – State of the Union Address, 2012

“We will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” – Inaugural Address, 2009

“It is time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work.” – State of the Union Address, 2012

“We can’t bring every job back that’s left our shore.” – State of the Union Address, 2012

“Those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.” – Inaugural Address, 2009

“The divide between this city [Washington, D.C.] and the rest of the country is at least as bad -- and it seems to get worse every year.” – State of the Union Address, 2012

“The executive branch also needs to change. Too often, it’s inefficient, outdated and remote.” – State of the Union Address, 2012

Obama’s own words of last January indicate how poorly these promises of three years ago have been kept. To see the broken promises of this administration, you need go no further than the White House’s own website, where the text and videos of these two speeches can be found.

Links to these telling portions of the White House website can be found here:

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