Candidate Obama in 2007:
As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.
President Obama in 2011: Gitmo is back in business and KSM will be tried in a military court.
Candidate Obama promised to protect whistleblowers, saying
Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.
President Obama took Bush’s war on whistleblowers and ran with it. He may become the first president to ever imprison two whistlblowers in one term.
Obama’s war on whistleblowers has culminated in President Obama approving of the torture of an American citizen, Bradley Manning, for whistleblowing on illegal wars, war crimes, coverups, and other immoral government behavior.
Manning has not yet been convicted of any crime, but has been treated in a manner that experts say is torture and legal experts say is torture and illegal.
Candidate Obama on presidential war mongering:
The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
President Obama launches a secret war in Yemen without congressional approval and a public war against Libya without congressional approval.
In other areas:
Candidate Obama campaigned on a Public Option for health care reform. He called it a “Health Care Exchange”:
“any American will have the opportunity to enroll in the new public plan or an approved private plan, and income-based sliding scale tax credits will be provided for people and families who need it.”
President Obama secretly met with industry lobbyists and promised them there would be no Public Option. Two months later, President Obama is telling America that the Public Option is still on the table.
President Obama goes on to MOCK people who wanted the public option.