While the votes were still being counted last night in Iowa, Mitt Romney took to the stage and repeated an attack on President Obama he made just a few days ago.
During a campaign rally in Iowa last Sunday, Mitt Romney compared President Obama’s campaign promises from 2008 to the failed marriage of reality TV star Kim Kardashian:
“I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama going through Iowa, making promises,” Romney said. “I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen, well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of until death do we part.”
Four years after President Obama’s historic victory in the Iowa caucuses, here’s a look at the promises then-Senator Obama made during his victory speech that night—and how he’s delivered on them since:
Promise: “I’ll be a president who finally makes health care affordable and available to every single American.”
Outcome: On March 23rd, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, expanding insurance coverage for more than 30 million people.
Promise: “I’ll be a president who ends the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle-class tax cut into the pockets of working Americans who deserve it.”
Outcome: Under President Obama, middle-class Americans are paying the lowest level of taxes since Harry Truman was in the White House.
Promise: “I’ll be a president who harnesses the ingenuity of farmers and scientists and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny of oil once and for all.”
Outcome: The historic new fuel economy standards announced by President Obama will reduce oil consumption by an estimated 2.2 million barrels a day by 2025.
Promise: “I’ll be a president who ends this war in Iraq and finally brings our troops home.”
Outcome: In December of 2011, the last convoy of U.S. troops crossed the border out of Iraq.
President Obama has delivered on the promises he made four years ago. Maybe Mitt should pay better attention.