"I can make a firm pledge," [Barack Obama] said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
He repeatedly vowed "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime."
Now in office, Obama, who stopped smoking but has admitted he slips now and then, signed a law raising the tobacco tax nearly 62 cents on a pack of cigarettes, to $1.01. Other tobacco products saw similarly steep increases.
"Now in office" being the key words.
If this were Bill Clinton, I'd imagine him making the excuse that, just as he had pledged, he didn't raise the cigarette tax "one single dime," being the guy who knew how to massage words and phrases to suit himself. He would say, with that school boy grin, "I raised the tax a whole buncha dimes."
But what will Obama's excuse be?