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How Many Promises Has Obama Broken in His “State of the Union” Addresses?

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Well, here it is, folks.

Tonight is the night that conservatives and libertarians have been waiting for: Barack Obama is finally giving his farewell State of the Union (SOTU) Address.

Obama has made lots of promises in past SOTU addresses, but how many did he actually keep?

According to, a multi-media aggregator of the news:

From 2009 through 2015, Grabien counts 140 promises that remain unfulfilled. We should note that many of these promises are duplicated from one year to another. For example, almost every year he has pledged to pass comprehensive immigration reform, overhaul corporate taxes, reduce regulations, and close Guantanamo Bay.

Don’t have time to read all 140? Here are some of the most notable:

Curing cancer (promised 2009, 2010, 2015)
Freezing government spending for three years (2010) and five years (2011)
Colonizing outer space (2015)
Going “line by line” through the budget, eliminating needless programs (2009, 2010)
Inventing “material thinner than paper but stronger than steel” (2014)
Passing health reform that will let Americans keep their insurance (2010)
Converting sunlight into liquid fuel (2015)
Passing comprehensive immigration reform (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Closing Gitmo (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2014)
Passing a law that will prevent mass shootings (2014)
Keeping earlier promises he’s already made (2013)

Grabien provides the full list of 140 broken promises on its website, along with a video montage of Obama’s SOTU speeches.

Based on past history, we can only expect more broken promises and threats of executive action from Obama tonight. He has always been the ideas man, not the executor. Even Obama himself admitted in a recent interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, “Things that I’ve done well during the campaign, I have not always done well while I’ve been president.”

For the sake of the nation, let’s hope Obama continues to be “all talk, no action”….

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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