How This Site Works

1. This site was initiated in February 2007 when then-Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States of America.

2. This site is non-partisan, unbiased and objective. Personal views or political affiliation do not affect the results of this "Report Card". It reflects how a 'man or woman on the street' views Obama Administration performance based on the information available to the American taxpayer. It is an aid to remaining abreast of President Obama's performance, tied to the specific wording of promises made.

3. Like the report card children bring home through high school in which the completion of assignments factors heavily in final subject grades, each promise made by President Obama is treated as an "assignment" under a general subject category filed under "Cabinet/Departments" or "Other/Miscellaneous." General subject categories have several sub-categories. The numerical results of all the sub-category "assignments" feed into the Grade Point Average (GPA) for the general category. The final GPA is converted to a letter score that is reflected on the Home Page for each general category or "subject". The average of all category/subject grades is reflected in the "Overall Grade".

4. The following are the scores allocated to each promise (assignment) with 0.50 points granted as the beginning standard to be improved upon...or not:

a. Promise Fulfilled: 1.00
b. Promise With Tangible Progress Made Toward Fulfillment: 0.75
c. Promise Where Initial Progress Was Made Toward Fulfillment, Held in Abeyance or Limited Fulfillment Directed by Congress or Other Extraordinary Circumstances: 0.65
d. Statement of Promise - Starting Point - Action-Based Grading Could Go Up or Down: 0.50
e. Promise Addressed But Appears Headed for Non-Fulfillment: 0.35
f. Promise Not Addressed Despite Opportunity to Do So: 0.25
g. Promise Not Fulfilled: 0.00

5. The following color codes are assigned simply for visual effect, as these would not appear on a regular report card:

a. GPA of 0.87 to 1.00 = Blue (for grades of A and A-)
b. GPA of 0.66 to 0.86 = Green (for grades of B+, B and B-)
c. GPA of 0.35 to 0.65 = Yellow (for grades of C+, C and C-)
d. GPA of 0.14 to 0.34 = Orange (for grades of D+, D and D-)
e. GPA of 0.00 to 0.13 = Red (for grades of F+ and F)

6. Here's how the numerical grades are converted to home page alpha grades:

a. 0.94 to 1.00 = A; 0.87 to 0.93 = A-
b. 0.80 to 0.86 = B+; 0.73 to 0.79 = B; 0.66 to 0.72 = B-
c. 0.59 to 0.65 = C+; 0.42 to 0.58 = C; 0.35 to 0.41 = C-
d. 0.28 to 0.34 = D+; 0.21 to 0.27 = D; 0.14 to 0.20 = D-
e. 0.07 to 0.13 = F+; 0.00 to 0.06 = F

Since President Obama was re-elected to a second term, the period of performance was changed to reflect the timeframe 2009-2016. He got four more years to deliver on promises he did not fulfill during his first 2009-2012 term in office.

To ensure continuity, this site will remain focused on promises made that led to his first election, considering that promises made for his second election were largely duplications of those made for the first.