Obama Breaks Another Campaign Promise

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ALTOONA, PA - MARCH 29: Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) bowls at Pleasant Valley Bowling Center March 29, 2008 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Obama is on his six-day "Road to Change" bus tour through Pennsylvania to campaign for the upcoming primary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo: Alex Wong/2008 Getty Images

A very serious one. The president has broken the trust of so many Americans who believed him when he "vowed to tear out the White House bowling alley and install a basketball court if elected." Years later, not only is it still there, but people are using it. Thousands of people. More than 4,100, according to ABC News's very serious analysis of White House visitor logs. 230 in May alone. Where does it stop?

Worse still: Obama isn't using his basketball court to play with friends all that much. Yes, you read that correctly. Only 60 visitors in all of his presidency have been to the courts after all his big talk. And no one has signed in to use the pool. Why isn't he hosting pool parties with foreign dignitaries? Showing them the best of American culture and strapping some water wings onto Joe Biden? Putin, for one, is never more comfortable than when he's shirtless, and everyone loves a good game of sharks and minnows. (Only G-8 countries get to be sharks.)

One clear Obama partisan, reached for comment on the White House's appallingly skewed use of recreational facilities, had this to say.


"The bowling alley is a recreational facility that has been used since the 1950s by Secret Service, blue collar staff and their families to build camaraderie and make them feel part of the House," said Bill Bushong, a staff historian with the White House Historical Association. "It's essentially tradition."

Those guys can spin anything.