Promises Honored by President Barack Obama

Promise Honored Lift President Bush's restrictions on stem cell research

"I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations. As president, I will lift the current administration’s ban on federal funding of research on embryonic stem cell lines created after August 9, 2001 through executive order … .." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Remove brush, trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires

"Will place a high priority on implementing cooperative projects to remove brush, small trees and other overgrown vegetation that serve as fuel for wildfires. Barack Obama will focus the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management's efforts on working with local communities on hazardous fuels projects to make communities safer and forests healthier." — Obama-Biden: Committed to Wildfire Management & Community >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Extend unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits

"Obama and Biden believe Congress should immediately extend unemployment insurance for an additional 13 weeks to help families that are being hit hardest by this downturn. In addition, they believe we should temporarily suspend taxes on unemployment insurance benefits as a way of giving more relief to families." — Change.gov Agenda - The Economy >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Increase Head Start funding and create Presidential Early Learning Council

"We'll increase Head Start funding and quadruple Early Start to include a quarter of a million at-risk children. I will create a Presidential Early Learning Council to coordinate this effort across all levels of government and ensure that we're providing these children and families with the highest-quality programs." — 11/20/07, Manchester, Iowa >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Fund and improve the No Child Left Behind program

"Obama will fund No Child Left Behind and improve its assessments and accountability systems." — Obama's Blueprint for Change>>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Create a White House Office of Urban Policy and appoint a Director of Urban Policy

"Will create a White House Office of Urban Policy to develop a strategy for metropolitan America and to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs. The Director of Urban Policy will report directly to the president and coordinate all federal urban programs." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Invest in research in every form of alternative energy

"We'll invest in research in every form of alternative energy - solar, wind, biofuels." — "Blueprint for Change Energy Video" >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Create a foreclosure prevention fund to help homeowners

Create a $10 billion fund to help homeowners refinance or sell their homes. "The Fund will not help speculators, people who bought vacation homes or people who falsely represented their incomes." — "Obama: Protecting Home Ownership and Cracking Down on Mortgage Fraud" >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan

"As president, I would deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan to reinforce our counterterrorism operations and support NATO's efforts against the Taliban." — 8/1/07, Washington >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Weatherize one million low-income homes each year

"Will make a national commitment to weatherize at least 1 million low-income homes each year for the next decade, which can reduce energy usage across the economy and help moderate energy prices for all." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Support increased funding for the NEA and its programs

Will "support increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the support of which enriches schools and neighborhoods all across the nation and helps to promote the economic development of countless communities." — "Barack Obama and Joe Biden: Champions for Arts and Culture" >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Extend and index 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

"Extend and index the temporary fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax that was passed in 2007." — Obama campaign interviews with the Tax Policy Center >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Appoint National Cyber Advisor reporting directly to me

"As president, I'll make cyber-security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century. I'll declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a National Cyber Advisor who will report directly to me." — 7/16/08 West Lafayette, Ind. >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Expand State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

"Obama will expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) programs and ensure that these programs continue to serve as a critical safety net." — Obama's Blueprint for Change>>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Work to overturn Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear

"Obama will work to overturn the Supreme Court's recent ruling that curtails racial minorities' and women's ability to challenge pay discrimination." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Create White House team to improve federal programs

"Barack Obama and Joe Biden will create a focused team within the White House that will work with agency leaders and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to improve results and outcomes for federal government programs while eliminating waste and inefficiency." — Obama's "The Change We Need In Washington" >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored On day one order military leaders to end the war in Iraq

"my first day in office, I would give the military a new mission: ending this war." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Timely release of presidential records

"Obama and Biden will nullify the Bush attempts to make the timely release of presidential records more difficult." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Require new hires to sign a form denying cronyism

"Will issue an executive order asking all new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Ban executive employees from taking gifts from lobbyists

"Barack Obama will issue an executive order banning registered lobbyists or lobbying firms from giving gifts in any amount or any form to executive branch employees." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Appoint at least one Republican to his cabinet

Interview with Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes": Question: "Will there be Republicans in the Cabinet?" Obama: "Yes." Question: "More than one?" Obama: "You're not getting any more out of me." >>More (Comments)

Promise Honored Require reporting of more detail on capital gains taxes

Obama promised to require taxpayers to report the initial value of their investment, called the basis, on which they pay capital gains tax. This measure is expected to deter underreporting of capital gains and increase tax revenues. >>More (Comments)


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