For the final installment in our coverage of President Barack Obama‘s first 100 days, we decided to look at the 514 campaign promises in our Obameter database and choose two — one Kept and one Broken — that we consider the most significant because they illustrate the early accomplishments and setbacks of his presidency.
Choosing them wasn’t easy. We convened a meeting of the PolitiFact staff and quickly got into a spirited discussion about which ones deserve top status. We wrestled with whether we should choose one involving troop withdrawal from Iraq, which was the signature issue in his early campaign. He’s made two key promises on that topic and we debated whether his early steps to end the war should be our No. 1 Promise Kept.
But after a lively back-and-forth, we decided the collapse of the economy had so drastically changed the political landscape for Obama that we needed a promise tied to the economy and his stimulus package. So here are the two we chose: