Thursday, April 30, 2009

The First 100 Days  

The internet's a-buzzin' with talk of Obama's "first 100 days." I myself have been wondering what exactly is so significant about the first 100 days, until I saw Jon Stewart ask historian Doris Kearns Goodwin the same question. Apparently, since FDR did so much in his first 100 days as president, every president thereafter has been measured in the same way, using FDR's accomplishments as a yardstick. Watch Goodwin's opinion on the first 100 days:

So far, I'm pleased with what I'm seeing. Obama is behaving in the way I hoped he would - he's remaining personable and connected to the public, open-minded yet firm in his decisions, and I see a conscious effort on his part to keep his promises. And because we're facing urgent issues that need quick action, like the recession, I know that women's issues are in danger of taking the back seat. However, I have seen Obama do more for women in his first 100 days than I ever could have imagined any president doing. There is a breakdown in The Huffington Post of everything he has done so far, from overturning the global gag rule to signing the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

The rest of America seems to agree. A poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal showed that "more than six in 10 approve of Obama's job, nearly two-thirds view him favorably, and a majority believe he has gotten off to a solid start during his first three months on the job."

Overall, he's more popular than George W. and Clinton were in their first 100 days. I can't wait to see what Obama has in store for the next 100 days.

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