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”….