The Campaign Spot

All Statements From Barack Obama Expire… Or Just Disappear Entirely

All is well on the cruise — a full report and sales pitch will come when we return — but I checked my e-mail and came across this report from CQ, too good not to share immediately:

Here’s some change that supporters of President-elect Obama may not want to see: all of the policy commitments on specific issues have been removed from his transition Web site.

On Nov. 7, global health advocates noticed that some of the details of Obama’s “fight global poverty” statement had been removed. Specifically, the site no longer promised to fully fund debt cancellation for the world’s poorest countries or provide the full U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Activists already were concerned, since boosting foreign aid was the one thing Obama mentioned during the campaign when asked what proposals he’d have to scale back due to the faltering economy…

By this morning, all of the issue-specific pages on the transition site had been removed from the agenda section. In its place, a statement that mentioned details but provided none at all: “The Obama Administration has a comprehensive and detailed agenda to carry out its policies.”

Too bad for Obama that I went through and saved copies of his promises in most issue areas.

Everybody, all together now: “All statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date. All of them.”

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