Change you can believe in … Obama scubbing his massive agenda and campaign promises. He is not even in office and is already trying to run from his many over-reaching promises to all. Does this mean the sky will not be bluer under an Obama Administration?
For 2+ years Barack Obama railed on “Change” and it catapulted him to a victory in the 2008 Presidential Election over John McCain. Now, we get the first signs of change, over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed Change.gov, his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda copied directly from his campaign Web site. Agenda, what agenda?
Gone from Change.gov are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 agenda items — from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy — which the campaign first laid out on the Web site www.BarackObama.com.
As The Washington Times first reported Monday morning, the official agenda on Change.gov has been boiled down to one vague paragraph proclaiming a plan “to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”
Campaigning on promises to get elected and then changing the horse in midstream to set the bar low as Barack Obama does not want to get tied to. Change? Or politics as usual? Oh, those pesky political promises. What else could Obama do as he could never have governed from such a far left position. Although there are many in the Democratic party on the far left that voted for Obama believing he would do just that.
But political technology professionals said it appeared that Mr. Obama’s team had been too abrupt with Change.gov and didn’t want the new administration tied to the campaign’s list.
“I believe they were a bit out in front of themselves and realized after the fact that they didn’t want to limit their agenda/priorities to what they put on the Web site before they had a clear picture of America’s needs in a postelection environment,” said David All, who as founder of Slatecard.com helped pioneer grass-roots online political donations for conservatives.
Asked why the policy agenda items were deleted, Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said, “We are retooling the Web site.” And that is code for …? You cannot promise to the Left in a primary and to the center in a general election and not think at some point there will be disgruntled people.