Tag Archives: New Yorker

Obama’s promises that “never really got off the ground”

Remember all the transparency talk from Obama? Legislation that would be online for 3 days or 5 so that everyone could read it before he signed? The open debates on Capital Hill that we would be able to view?

All those lofty promises he hasn’t kept.

He has a history of letting his promises kinda slide. This from his pre-presidential days:

Obama took at least one concrete step to turn this notion of the legislator as community organizer into a reality. In his first column in the Hyde Park Herald, the same one in which he addressed welfare, he announced that he was “organizing citizens’ committees” to help him shape legislation. He asked his constituents to call his office if they wanted to participate. That kind of airy talk about changing politics gave way almost immediately to the realities of the job. I asked a longtime Obama friend what ever became of the committees. “They never really got off the ground,” he said. By 2001, if there was any maxim from community organizing that Obama lived by, it was the Realpolitik commandment of Saul Alinsky, the founding practitioner of community organizing, to operate in “the world as it is and not as we would like it to be.”