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Special Envoy - AmericasGrade
AP-15 The Promise: "In the past, American presidents have filled the position of special envoy to bring senior-level attention to hemispheric matters...the position was June of 2004. As president Barack Obama will reinstate the position."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Renewing U.S. Leadership in the Americas" dated 06/06/08.
Status:Source is cited for confirmation of exact promise wording only, as it existed before original "When/Where" campaign document was deleted from archival websites.

Early in President Obama's first term in office, there was some lip service to the effect he and SecState Clinton were considering filling this position, which could easily have gone to a retired or retiring, well-known Senate or House Democrat. This didn't happen.

Former President Clinton was appointed Special Envoy to Haiti -- by the United Nations. That didn't count toward promise fulfillment.

On 02/20/15, President Obama appointed Bernard W. Aronson, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, as a special envoy to facilitate negotiations between the Colombian government and the guerilla warfare Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- in Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). It's interesting that FARC was listed as a terrorist organization by the Department of State at the time.

By the end of President Obama's second term in office, no Special Envoy for the Americas had been nominated/appointed.

This promise was not fulfilled.