(You Made Me) Promises, Promises

Over the weekend, there was a rather large gay rights rally in DC. At it, speaker after speaker after speaker loudly demanded (with a minimum of lisping) that President Obama keep his promise and repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy about gays serving openly.

Oh, silly, silly poofters. How little you know about our Commander In Chief.

Obama’s stock in trade is in making promises. Not in keeping them.

Obama’s whole career has been built on making promises that he’s never held to. He was elected to the Senate in 2004 with a pledge to serve his full term. Had he kept that one, there’s a good chance Rod Blagojevich would still be Illinois’ governor and most of the country would have no idea who Roland Burris was.

Saturday Night Live recently had a skit about how few of Obama’s promises he’s kept. Making Afghanistan our top priority. Listening to his generals. Closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Fixing the economy.

When he argued for the stimulus package, he said that it was necessary — without it, unemployment would rise. We passed it, now unemployment’s well past what he said it would be without the stimulus package.

He promised to usher in a new era of bipartisanship, of openness, of integrity, of post-race politics. He said he’d forbid lobbyists from serving in his administration.

I still recall that at one point during the health care mess, the administration announced that it was so fed up with the Congressional bickering, that it was going to put together its own proposal for health care reform over the weekend.

Think about that for a moment. Health care reform was Obama’s signature issue, but he didn’t bother to even put together his own program until this summer — and only then because Congress wasn’t doing it.

Hell, read the citation for his Nobel Peace Prize. It wasn’t for anything he has done, but what he has promised to do.

That is a good chunk of the reason I didn’t get too upset when he won the presidency. I was counting on a healthy portion of his promises to be proven empty. And so far, he’s tremendously exceeded my expectations.

For a while, there was a meme that all of Obama’s promises come with expiration dates — usually hidden ones. Now, though, it appears that Obama’s beliefs are inspired by Lewis Carroll:

“‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.'”

Gosh, I hope this doesn’t mean I’m a raaaaacist or something…

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