Most students who voted for Obama in the 2008
election (as well as those who didnâ€™t) no doubt remember where they
were when Obama was inaugurated this past January. As the New Year
approaches, those same students are probably reflecting on the many
promises that Obama has made to the nation whether or not theyâ€™ve come
As students no doubt remember, Obama made quite a few promises for the
college crowd. Namely, simplifying the financial aid application
process, creating an American Opportunity Tax Credit to offset the
costs of college, and expand the Pell grant for low-income students. So
how many of the promises have become realities? Truthfully, not that
However, according to St. Petersburg Times fact-checking blog Polifact,
he at least hasnâ€™t broken any promises to college students either. Most
of his projects directly affecting college students are â€œin the works,â€
no doubt because the president is a busy, busy man.
What does such the â€œIn The Worksâ€ classification signify?
â€œIn The Worksâ€ is a ranking on Polifactâ€™s â€œObamameterâ€,
the purpose of which is to keep track of all the promises that
Candidate Obama made and contrast them with the actions of President
Obama. â€œObamameterâ€ then lists the inconsistencies. Which, despite the
hemming and hawing over the compromised healthcare bill recently voted
on by the Senate, have been surprisingly few.
According to the â€œObamameter,â€ President Obama has, in the almost-year
heâ€™s been in office, kept 75 of his campaign promises, compromised on
18 and has broken 9. Of the total 500 campaign promises, 202 are â€œin
the works,â€ while 170 have yet to be ranked. The ranks are as of this
writing, and subject to change.
For the curious student whoâ€™s aiming to see how Obama has measured
up on education, and, more specifically, to college students, Polifact
has helpfully organized the promises into categories. For education, go here.
No doubt that thereâ€™s a lot of food for thought there, but College News
thought it would be prudent to list which promises Obama has kept to
college students, which ones he has broken, and which ones are in the
works (or has compromised on) and which ones have yet to be rated
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