SHOWHEGAN, Maine — “Perhaps my expectations were too high. Perhaps I read more into candidate Obama than what was really there,” says Liz Soares, who in 2008 worked the phones for President Obama and attended Maine’s caucuses, “I feel cheated. I acknowledge that.”
As a candidate for president in 2008, Obama made no fewer than 500 campaign promises, which ran the gamut from the economy to education to the environment. Four years later, over six in 10 of those promises — 62 percent — remain unfulfilled, stalled in Congress or still in the works, as the president now asks voters for another four-year term.
On the economy, the president promised but could not deliver a $1,000 energy rebate to every family, to offset spiraling costs for gas and heating oil. On education, he said he would improve high school graduation rates; at best, there is not enough data to show whether that pledge has succeeded or not. On the environment, he pledged to ensure that 10 percent of U.S. energy came from renewable sources by 2012 and to establish new fuel standards, goals which were not met. Of the pledges he did push through, he ended the war in Iraq — and he did enact Obamacare.
Soares shares her disappointment with many — polls show the presidential race is in a statistical dead heat, far from the widespread support Obama enjoyed in 2008.
“It’s not easy for me to say that Obama has disappointed me,” said Soares. “But no matter how open-minded and generous I try to be, the result is the same. I don’t want to vote for him again.”