100 Days: Biggest Promises Kept, Broken

The economy has changed the stakes since the campaign began
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 8:39 AM CDT
100 Days: Biggest Promises Kept, Broken
President Barack Obama speaks about his alternative energy plan following a plant tour at the Trinity Structural Towers Inc. in Newton, Iowa, Wednesday, April 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

One way to judge President Obama's first 100 days in office is to look at his rhetoric on the campaign trail. Taking into account the fallout from the economic crisis, PolitFact came up with the most crucial promises Obama has kept and broken. His vow to beef up alternative-energy investment looks good, but those about getting tough on lobbyists seem a bit toothless.

The president's greatest achievement, according to the Pulitzer Prize-winning number-crunchers at the St. Petersburg Times, has been to turn a recession into an opportunity to double investment in renewable energy. The flip side is the upshot of tough talk on the campaign trail that lobbyists' "days of setting the agenda are over." After 100 days, an awful lot of former lobbyists are cashing government paychecks. (More President Obama stories.)

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