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First Promise Broken

Politifact.com determines that President Obama has broken his first campaign promise.

His campaign Web site promised: "As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days." But as Angie Drobnic Holan writes: "[T]he first bill Obama signed into law as president -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- got no such vetting."

Perhaps in response, the White House this morning Web-published a copy of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 -- and a comment form.

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 2, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
 
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I gotta say this is minor.

It's been on the legislative agenda for months.

Posted by: syfgaryizzqm | February 2, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Not a big deal. I think that the promise he most needs to fulfill is to his kids re:Dog!

Posted by: WhoKnewIt | February 2, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It's not like he invaded and occupied a couple of countries after campaigning against nation building.

Posted by: seansanders38028 | February 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

This is more a promise that should be for Congress than the president. So people have five days to comment on legislation before the president signs it...but it's already passed Congress. Is Obama going to wield the veto pen if enough people come out and sign he should? Especially considering that if he doesn't sign the bill within 10 days it becomes law automatically.

Posted by: kmcandrew | February 2, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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