Obama’s Broken Promise #1: Fully Plug-in White House Fleet
One of President Obama’s many campaign promises was his dedication to an environmentally sensitive administration. Under the green side of his campaign he promised:
Within one year of becoming President, the entire White House fleet will be converted to plugins.
Well, in case you haven’t seen a convoy of black cars, SUV’s and vans rolling down your street lately, this is what his “plug-in” White House fleet looks, and sounds, like (note the difference when you look at actual plugin-cars here):
Progress of the Promise
Nearing 3 years into his presidency, the only thing that I could find that even came close to his proposed campaign promise of an all-electric White House fleet is the purchase of 2,500 hybrid vehicles in 2009. Not bad, right? Well, it’s a start. Unfortunately, those 2,500 hybrids were only a small portion of the 17,600 government vehicles purchased by Barack Obama in 2009. Especially considering the timeline of “1 year” when it’s been over two and a half times that, we’re considering this promise broken.
So what now?
Well, in continuing with his promise for more fuel efficient vehicles, President Obama made another promise to his audience, and the world, at a speech at the UPS Customer Center on April 1st, 2011:
I’m directing our departments and agencies to make sure 100% of the vehicles [the government] buys are fuel efficient or clean energy cars and trucks by 2015. Not 50%. Not 75%. 100% of our vehicles!
Let’s hope this one isn’t broken as well.