U.S. President Barack Obama. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Luis Fortuno, governor of Puerto Rico have all broken promises made prior to being elected.
Obama, during his 2008 campaign, promised to return to the gathering at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual conference, As president, he has been invited back three times but declined.
"That is a lack of respect for our community," Juan Carlos Zapata, chairman of the NALEO Education Fund.
White House officials said that Obama simply cannot attend every conference he is invited to, and that missing a single event does not accurately reflect the state of the president's relationship with Latino voters.
Obama also guaranteed an immigration bill within the first year of his presidency that he “strongly supports” but blames the failed immigration reform on lack of support from a republican-dominated congress. President Obama still has not drafted a proposal for the immigration bill.
Other broken promises came from Chavez to resign after a 5-year term, no nationalization of private enterprises in Venezuela, and pledged not to seize or shut down any media not run by the state in Venezuela. Chavez broke all three promises.
Fortuno, the governor of Puerto Rico, broke a promise to voters during his gubernatorial campaign in 2008.
"I make a personal commitment with you to reduce the size of the government without firing anybody," Fortuno said
After being elected, he fired more than 16,000 public employees. He blamed that the former government gave him flawed budget numbers and no other option existed.
In 2006, Calderon told me that he was devoted to building a "coalition government" in Mexico to create more than a million jobs each year.
Four years later Calderon has broken this electoral promise. He will not be remembered as the president of employment, but, rather, the president on whose watch 50,000 to 60,000 Mexicans died violent deaths.
All these Presidents have all forgotten a key lesson parents teach their children, one that is the basis of political credibility: Keep your word.
How are we supposed to believe them now?
- By Jorge Ramos