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Obama for Change! (Changing his mind?)

So we know how it works with politicians. Promise the moon when you're getting elected, forget your promises when once you're elected. Fortunately, Obama won't do that to us.

Except for one curious thing that AfterDowningStreet.org has pointed out. Obama's campaign has deleted all of his promised changes and replaced them with the following empty statement:

President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden have developed innovative approaches to challenge the status quo in Washington and to bring about the kind of change America needs.

The Obama Administration has a comprehensive and detailed agenda to carry out its policies. The principal priorities of the Obama Administration include: a plan to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.

That's rather disturbing. You can read what Obama was promising. It lacked implementation detail, but it did contain many specific goals. What happened? If there was simply a statement on the change.gov site explaining why this was done, I'd feel better, but given that Obama moved sharply towards the center after he secured the Democratic nomination, I find this a bit unsettling.

Update: OK, the details are back and even stronger than before. They were down for over a week and that was disturbing, but I'm happy to see this change.

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As I watch the things that are happening, I sometimes wonder if I am actually clairvoyant. This is actually why I have been fairly calm while observing your election. Some politicians are better or worse than others, but they are still politicians. They must be monitored and held accountable.
I hate it when Ian is right :/ It makes it even harder to convince him to get off his arse and go to a polling station on polling day.

There are going to be some rare arguments over bottles of whisky up here next week!
Wow, what a suprise - changing the statement to what any young teenager could put in a piece of GCSE work on politics (should they ever bother teaching it in schools).
Being the pessimistic bastard that I am when it comes to politicians, I'm not even shocked. Obamas PR has been outstanding, but it takes a bit of time and proof to see if someone will deliver.

We'll see.
I say give it time to see what happens. He's not even in office yet nor has he chosen/announced his cabinet/staff...

I also think it is tactically sound to be a bit centrist just out of the gate and work in those other things after gaining a foothold.

But like others said.. We'll see. In any event, it will be better than what we have now.