President Obama has made a list and he checks it daily. The president revealed at a Los Angeles fundraiser Monday night that he keeps track of his campaign promises and marks off which ones he's fulfilled.
"I keep a checklist in my desk, and I kind of see, all right, I made a bunch of these promises during the campaign and let me see, yes, I got that done, and that one, yes. No, that one's not done yet," the president said to laughter while holding up an imaginary list.
"So we've got about sixty percent done in three years... I'm pretty confident we can get the other forty percent done in the next five years," he told the high-dollar crowd gathered at the home of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.
While the president didn't spell out the makeup of that forty percent, it is likely to include his failure to pass immigration reform legislation; something he admits regretting.
The president also found himself having to compromise on one of his bigger campaign promises: to end tax cuts for the wealthiest in the nation. He attempted to make up for that with a fresh push to tax the wealthy to fund his American Jobs Act.
Not closing the Guantanamo Bay prison facility in Cuba within one year, as required in his January 2009 executive order is another sore spot for the administration.
While that issue will not likely impact his re-election chances, the president has revisited the immigration issue anew in his campaign swings; pressing hard for comprehensive reform. Still, after the failure of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, the president has not yet produced his own comprehensive immigration legislation.
As a candidate, the president openly fights the perception that his shine has worn off. Given the nation's stubborn economic condition and a less enthusiastic base, he often tries to rally support by focusing on what he has accomplished, including his controversial health care reform bill and other issues voting Democrats seek leadership on.
He reminded the audience Monday that the other sixty percent was hard-fought, but worth it, "Despite the resistance, we were able to make sure that anybody can serve this country that they love. [We] put an end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the president said.
He finished up with a big one for Democrats; the Iraq war, "Despite their resistance, we were able to bring about an end to a war and start bringing our troops home."