- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

George H.W. Bush is still remembered as the president who broke one of his major campaign promises, namely not to impose new taxes on the American public. Now President Obama is headed down the same path of breaking pledges to his countrymen. Must notably, he recently broke his campaign promise to veto any legislation containing earmarks when he signed the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations bill containing nearly 9,000 earmarks.

It is apparent that in spite of his unqualified pledge to the country, Mr. Obama concluded that as a novice president, he could not be seen as offending that dynamic congressional duo of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. So, when it comes to campaign promises, I guess the only difference between Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush is that Mr. Obama did not say “Read my lips.” Mr. Bush’s broken campaign promise was one of the reasons that led to his defeat after just one term as president. Perhaps Mr. Obama will suffer the same fate.

HARRISON E. MCCANDLISH

Alexandria

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