Obama’s first 100 days
The first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency began on January 20, 2009, the day Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. The first 100 days of a presidential term took on symbolic significance during Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s first term in office, and the period is considered a benchmark to measure the early success of a president. The 100th day of his presidency was April 29, 2009. Obama stated that he should not be judged by his first hundred days: “The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference.”
One can see from this Wikipedia article that Barack Obama as president was an underachiever. He did not hold high expectations and during the first 100 days he achieved exactly that. The Gallup poll gave Obama a 65% approval rating (slightly under JFK, but higher than previous presidents) with only 29% disapproval, leaving 6% undeclared. I personally don’t lend much credit to polls as they tend to be manipulated by the one doing the polling.
Here are some of his accomplishments during his first 100 days:
The “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” was a bill passed in the House on January 28, 2009 (244-188) , and by the Senate on February 10, 2009 (61-37) was Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package.
During the first 100 days of Obama’s administration these were among his accomplishments
- “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009” relaxed the statute of limitations for equal-pay lawsuit
- The expanded “State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)
- A congressional budget resolution put Congress inline for dealing with major health care reform
- Implemented new ethics guidelines to curtail lobbyists on the executive branch
- Following through with the withdrawal of U.S. troops of the Bush’s Iraq war
- Supporting the UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity
- Lifting the 7 ½ year ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research
- Ordering the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba
- Lifting some travel and money restrictions to Cuba
People ask, exactly what did Obama do during his 8 years as president? I can honestly say, not much, really. From what I’ve read going over his entire timeline on Wikipedia and it would appear that this was Barack’s first time playing in the big leagues. He spent quite a bit of time trying hard to look and feel important, and “kissing up” to those he felt were superior.
By the same token he was trying to put his “mark” on his presidency. There were the appearances on late night talk shows, even a recorded appearance on an Academy Award show, but that is for other articles. – I am the Real Truckmaster!