Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First 100 Daze

Barack Obama hasn't cured the economy. Hasn't ended any wars. Hasn't improved education all that much. The streets are still unsafe. Reality TV is still running rampant.

Throw the bum out!

We're getting close to the end of those crucial "first 100 days" of the Obama presidency.

I'm not sure when we began to be fascinated with the first three months and ten days of any presidency, but we sure are, it seems.

MSNBC has a graphic that screams OBAMA'S FIRST 100 DAYS on the top of the screen almost perpetually during one of their programs.

So what will we do with Barack Obama on Day 101? Send a progress report home to the White House? With the words "SEE ME" in red ink?

I suspect that 100 days were chosen as a sort of honeymoon period for new presidents, and those fortunate enough to be beginning their second term. Maybe someone somewhere deemed that once you get past April, all bets are off and the kid gloves are removed.

Maybe with other presidents, this has been the case. With Obama, his honeymoon will be extended, me thinks.

The prez is still riding high in the approval rating department. He recently returned from an eight-day trip to Europe and Turkey in which he was received so well, and with such fervor, it made President Kennedy's jaunt to Berlin look like a field trip.

No one truly thought that Obama could fix the mess that was left for him in 100 weeks, much less 100 days. Maybe it can't be fixed entirely in four years.



But it's not for lack of trying, that all of the aforementioned dragons haven't been slayed in the first 100 days of the Obama presidency.

Obama has held press conferences. He's hosted town hall meetings. He's gone on TV. He's traipsed up to Capitol Hill. He went overseas. He's signed executive orders.

And most of that was in the first 30 days, much less 100.

I don't know about the next guy (or gal), but when Day 101 comes (May 1), I won't be wringing my hands. Mainly because I'm not expecting much in these first 100 days. To do so would be unrealistic.

I think the first 100 days--if we're hellbent on using that amount of time as some sort of barometer--should be used for laying some groundwork and utilizing "political capital" (another trendy new term) to get some legislation passed, or at least started.

They should be used to establish a personality to the new presidency, and give us all a good idea of what to expect, in terms of management style, communications, and priorities.

Those 100 days are not there to solve problems. Despite what the media squonks say.

Today marks Day 86 of the Obama Administration. The man has two weeks left before his first 100 run out.

Two weeks before MSNBC has to change its graphic.

To, um, "The NEXT 100 Days"??

Silly me--I thought we elected Barack to serve four years, not 100 days.

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