February 12th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
2 years ago

State of the Union: Obama's promises kept and broken

New York (CNNMoney) – Looking for ways to lift America out of a downward economic spiral, President Obama made a lot of promises in his State of the Union addresses ... and he even kept many of them.

Obama was more successful in pushing his policy goals through Congress in the first half of his first term, when both chambers were in Democratic control. By the time he gave his first address before Congress in 2009, he had already secured the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and put in place a program to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. By midterm, he wrestled lawmakers into approving two other landmark pieces of legislation that dominated his early addresses: health care and Wall Street reform.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    It is a broken promise when you do not follow up on it. But, is it still a broken promise when you try to get it done, but fail because the other side just wants to make you out to be a failure.?

    February 12, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Moose

    The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them.
    more good work by the bamman

    February 12, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Moose

    The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them.
    more good work by the bamman
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    I only have two words to say. It worked! :) Free stuff for everyone. LOL

    February 12, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Wilson

    Free stuff for everyone.....yep, the chief looter giving to the moochers. Continuing the "fundamental transformation of America."

    February 12, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    I do hope we don't have to watch Bonehead scowl through the entire speech.

    Btw, Moose and Co. I don't know who you think are getting the free cell phones because I don't know anyone that has one, but you might want to check out your local trailer parks.

    Does anyone know how to get free cable??? Is Obama giving that away too??

    February 12, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |