What J.J. Abrams Sayed About Rian Johnson Has ‘ Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘ Fans FumingJess Bolluyt More Articles While presidents kept some of the best-known campaign promises they also broke quite a few. Donald Trump is trying to do a pretty good job of keeping his. But how do former presidents-including Barack Obama, Trump’s predecessor-compare? Political scientists say that politicians usually at least seek to do more with changing circumstances than a lack of principles, according to USA Today. “Discover below the most famous promises of the campaign that American presidents broke. Check out the record of Barack Obama on page 13 on page 14 of Donald Trump and the specifics of how the two compare on page 15.

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Central Press / Getty Images 31st U.S. President Promise: “A chicken in each pot and a car in each driveway.” Next: This president promised to cut government spending. 3.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

As for expenditures, he was incorrect. Keystone Features / Stringer / Getty Images Pledge he broke: “We spend too much money solely on government services that are neither feasible nor necessary.” USA Today notes that Franklin D. Roosevelt blamed opponent Herbert Hoover in his 1932 presidential campaign for excessive spending. In a speech given during 1932, he also accused the Hoover administration “of being the greatest peacetime spending administration in all American history.” USA Today states that Roosevelt made those allegations “while economists now accept that more government spending was needed to pull the nation out of the Depression.” After being elected, Roosevelt himself followed this line of thought. But as Seeker states, “Roosevelt’s New Deal policies dramatically increased the federal budget deficit far beyond the rates his predecessor had accomplished.” Next: This president vowed to fix a non-existing problem. 4.

John F. Kennedy The truth had to face up to him. National Archives / Newsmakers 35th U.S. President Pledge he broke: That he would “finally close the missile gap.” USA Today states that some presidential candidates made campaign promises they never intended to keep. An example? The vow by John F. Kennedy to close a “missile gap” with the Soviet Union that he believed there was no. At that time, the Atlantic reported that the truth of the situation became clear to the president and defense secretary [ Robert ] McNamara when the Kennedy administration took office and provided the basis for McNamara’s assertion last February to newsmen that he had found no missile gap. Having the new administration to concede that was politically painful, but it represented the facts.” Next: That president vowed to stay out of war. 5. Lyndon B. Johnson

He was unable to hold Vietnam’s troops out. Keystone / Getty Images 36th U.S. President Promise broke: “We’re not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles from home to do what Asian boys should do for themselves.Promise he broke : “I have a secret plan to end the war.” Richard Nixon typically goes on the list of presidents who were actually terrible peopleran on a platform that opposed the Vietnam War. But to win the election he needed the war to continue. Nixon stalled the Vietnam peace talks before he gained office. After he became president Nixon expanded the war into Laos and Cambodia. That action resulted in the loss of an additional 22000 American lives. And Nixon finally settled for a peace agreement in 1973 that could have been achieved in 1968. Next : This president didn’t make any campaign promises.

7. Gerald Ford He never made any promises. | J.D. Cuban/Allsport/Getty Images 38th president of the United States Promise he broke : None because he didn’t make any. Axios reports that Gerald Ford was the only president to never be elected. History notes that Ford ascended to the presidency because Richard Nixon resigned as the 37th president. Ford was serving as a vice president at the time. But he became the president who came to the office through appointment rather than election because he had replaced Spiro Agnew as vice president just eight months before. Axios notes that that means Ford didn’t have the opportunity to make or break campaign promises like other presidents. “He never made any campaign promises to keep or break. He gets a pass” the publication explains. Next : This president promised to solve the energy crisis. 8. Jimmy Carter

The energy problem got worse not better under him. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images 39th president of the United States Promise he broke : “We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.” Next : This president promised an amendment on school prayer.

9. Ronald Reagan

His plan for school prayer didn’t go anywhere. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images Promise he broke : “To put God back in the classroom.” USA Today reports that Ronald Reagan promised in 1980 to support a constitutional amendment that would allow school prayer. But as the publication notes that campaign promise “never went anywhere” after Reagan took office. Education Week reported during Reagan’s presidency that the practice of school prayer had been outlawed for 20 years. Reagan proposed the amendment in 1982 but USA Today notes that he never made its passage a top priority. Next : This president promised not to create any new taxes.

10. George H.W. Bush 11. Bill Clinton

He contradicted himself. | Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images 42nd president of the United States Promise he broke : “The era of big government is over.” Next : This president promised economic growth.

12. George W. Bush

The economy began to tank under him. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Promise he broke : “What we Republicans should stand for is growth in the economy.” The Huffington post reports that on the campaign trail George W. Bush promised to cut taxes to create jobs. He managed to get his tax-cut agenda through Congress. But he saw “less than desirable results” from it. Bush said in his first inaugural address “We will reduce taxes to recover the momentum of our economy and reward the effort and enterprise of working Americans.” But the Post reports that he also failed to see his tax cuts translate into jobs. While his administration was in power the unemployment rate went from 4.2 percent to 7.8 percent with the country falling into the grips of recession.” Next : Barack Obama promised to close Guantánamo Bay.

13. Barack Obama He never closed Guantánamo Bay. | Alex Wong/Getty Images 44th president of the United States Promise he broke : “As President I will close Guantánamo 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.” As a senator Barack Obama made one of his most famousnever fulfilledalso reports that Obama broke many other promises during his presidency. Next : Donald Trump promised to prosecute Hillary Clinton. 14. Donald Trump

He has yet to “lock up” Hillary Clinton. | Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images 45th president of the United States Promise he broke : “Lock her up! ”Promise he broke : “I have a secret plan to end the war.” Richard Nixon typically goes on the list of presidents who were actually terrible peopleran on a platform that opposed the Vietnam War. But to win the election he needed the war to continue. Nixon stalled the Vietnam peace talks before he gained office. After he became president Nixon expanded the war into Laos and Cambodia. That action resulted in the loss of an additional 22000 American lives. And Nixon finally settled for a peace agreement i
n 1973 that could have been achieved in 1968. Next : This president didn’t make any campaign promises.

7. Gerald Ford He never made any promises. | J.D. Cuban/Allsport/Getty Images 38th president of the United States Promise he broke : None because he didn’t make any. Axios reports that Gerald Ford was the only president to never be elected. History notes that Ford ascended to the presidency because Richard Nixon resigned as the 37th president. Ford was serving as a vice president at the time. But he became the president who came to the office through appointment rather than election because he had replaced Spiro Agnew as vice president just eight months before. Axios notes that that means Ford didn’t have the opportunity to make or break campaign promises like other presidents. “He never made any campaign promises to keep or break. He gets a pass” the publication explains. Next : This president promised to solve the energy crisis. 8. Jimmy Carter

The energy problem got worse not better under him. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images 39th president of the United States Promise he broke : “We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.” Next : This president promised an amendment on school prayer.

9. Ronald Reagan

His plan for school prayer didn’t go anywhere. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images Promise he broke : “To put God back in the classroom.” USA Today reports that Ronald Reagan promised in 1980 to support a constitutional amendment that would allow school prayer. But as the publication notes that campaign promise “never went anywhere” after Reagan took office. Education Week reported during Reagan’s presidency that the practice of school prayer had been outlawed for 20 years. Reagan proposed the amendment in 1982 but USA Today notes that he never made its passage a top priority. Next : This president promised not to create any new taxes.

10. George H.W. Bush 11. Bill Clinton

He contradicted himself. | Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images 42nd president of the United States Promise he broke : “The era of big government is over.” Next : This president promised economic growth.

12. George W. Bush

The economy began to tank under him. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Promise he broke : “What we Republicans should stand for is growth in the economy.” The Huffington post reports that on the campaign trail George W. Bush promised to cut taxes to create jobs. He managed to get his tax-cut agenda through Congress. But he saw “less than desirable results” from it. Bush said in his first inaugural address “We will reduce taxes to recover the momentum of our economy and reward the effort and enterprise of working Americans.” But the Post reports that he also failed to see his tax cuts translate into jobs. While his administration was in power the unemployment rate went from 4.2 percent to 7.8 percent with the country falling into the grips of recession.” Next : Barack Obama promised to close Guantánamo Bay.

13. Barack Obama He never closed Guantánamo Bay. | Alex Wong/Getty Images 44th president of the United States Promise he broke : “As President I will close Guantánamo 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.” As a senator Barack Obama made one of his most famousnever fulfilledalso reports that Obama broke many other promises during his presidency. Next : Donald Trump promised to prosecute Hillary Clinton. 14. Donald Trump

He has yet to “lock up” Hillary Clinton. | Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images 45th president of the United States Promise he broke : “Lock her up! ”The newspaper notes that Donald Trump has kept 8.8 percent of his commitments to date, leaving 48.4 percent. He compromised them on 27.4 per cent. And he hit 24.2 per cent of them — a figure we’re going to have to wait to see if Donald Trump’s going to improve. This is Donald Trump’s First Thing Changed in the Oval Office after Obama threw out Facebook’s cheat sheet!

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