Here is an assessment on the outcome of Obama's campaign promises. I think this further proves that Obama has been a very effective president, despite a sluggish economy. PolitiFact | The Obameter: Campaign Promises that are about Energy Here is a good one: PolitiFact | The Obameter: Create 5 million "green" jobs It will take about a decade for the promise above to be fully fulfilled (depending on economic conditions), but already estimates say close to a million private, green jobs will have been created by the end of 2012. All in all, was Solyndra a failure? Yes, but that does not mean Obama hasn't made great strides with Energy issues.