Looking back at Obama's promises for first term
What did president actually accomplish?
- Duration 4:00
- Date Nov 2, 2012
What did president actually accomplish?
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We'll see any warm up -- we should lead by setting a -- example for civil liberties and civil rights and due process and rule of law.
Which is why we should close Guantanamo.
And restore habeas corpus I don't be able to help me turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington.
So we can bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda that works for the American.
Well that was then senator Barack Obama promising big change during his 2008 successful presidential campaign.
Those promises you just heard pretty much -- unfulfilled over the past four years including his -- to work with the other side of the -- Our next guest says if President Obama had lived up to his promises things would look very different right now.
Fred Barnes writing the weekly standard quote.
If he had done in his first term what -- now vows to accomplish in a second term he'd be in a far stronger position to win reelection next Tuesday.
He might have been issue it.
Fred Barnes joins us now Fred you know people have short memories when it comes to -- reelection time.
Take us back to four years ago what did the president promise and and where you think.
-- it really starts with the stimulus package that was passed.
Right after he was inaugurated in 2009.
What he promised Republicans taken -- some input as it turns out they had not -- what Republicans were proposing.
Was a pro growth tax cut actually several of them.
And then now for an hour course.
Up present a bombing is now talking about having won again in his second term.
-- didn't get that in his first term and -- -- rejected it and we've had slow growth then of and generally pretty anemic recovery he's now policy and you know promising that.
-- really reduce health care costs which is obamacare plan did not do instead obamacare.
Really had put a damper on hiring and job creation if if he hadn't done that.
And if he'd been more bipartisan.
Remember the Simpson Bowles commission with what you -- his donation.
Right what what she appointed indeed John.
And and they recommended what he could do to really tackle -- hold deficit and debt problem he did he just pissed off their recommendation.
I didn't do anything now he's -- now he's actually talking about Simpson -- and and saying well -- do this in his second term but mostly.
It's what you touched on his promise to be.
Incredibly bipartisan you know what the it -- in his interview he's old yeah he told a radio interviewer I'll wash John Boehner his car I'll walk Mitch McConnell whose dog.
You can't get much stronger language of that and Denny said he sure he can get.
A bipartisan grand bargain with Republicans next year well.
You know they came close to one.
It did in 2011 in any sort of blew it up by demanding more and spending cuts and particularly a tax hikes than Republicans whatever except.
So basically -- Saying all these things I had an opportunity to do in my first term I promise to do right second term.
And money and rally just pointed out it he had democratic control of the house and the senate for the first two years of mr.
Indeed he did.
The friends since -- -- take Obama care.
-- he he went to great lengths not to be bipartisan remember used reconciliation so he could get just a majority vote would.
-- which would pass it in the senate.
If you read some bipartisan compromise with Republicans.
It the world would look the completely different for the president Alan.
And he had so many opportunities to be bipartisan.
To do things that he's talking about doing in his second term he had so many chances in his first term he ignored them where he opposed them.
My point is.
If he had sees them.
He'd be in a great position for reelection today not tied with Romney will see what happens on Tuesday Fred Barnes from the weekly standard -- a good area.