Since FDR started the concept, a President’s first 100 days have been an important early measure of success. History will be kind to Obama’s first 100 days — not since FDR has so much 100-days progress been made.
In recent history, Democrats often have done things that obviously should have been done already — like when congressional Dems finally raised the minimum wage in early 2007. President Obama has his fair share of why-haven’t-we-done-this-yets: the equal pay act, closing gitmo, and easing travel restrictions to Cuba come to mind. He has also started on the great challenges of our time: fixing our broken economy, creating a health care system that works, and moving us toward renewable energy and sustainability.
Also, President Obama has renewed the promise of American diplomacy in the world, where the US is an ally in solving global problems rather than a unilateral bully. His presence at the G20 summit, European tour, Mideast tour, and the Summit of the Americas marks an end to cowboy diplomacy and a return to pragmatism and partnership.
We can also see the seriousness that the Obama administration gives to transparency. They don’t have a perfect record so far (way better than the last guys, though!), but they have made great strides nonetheless. The first ever online Presidential town hall meeting happened in the first 100 days. The white house and other federal websites have been overhauled to be more accessible and interactive. The president’s weekly youtube addresses continue. And, he has appeared in public (TV, town halls) as much or more than any president in recent memory.
The jury is still out on some important issues, but, along with most Americans (the most since Reagan, and he had the “I just got shot” popularity boost), I remain pleased with our President’s 100 days of progress.
Don’t forget: big party tonight at Murphy’s Pub at 35th and Slide starting at 7:00pm to celebrate the successes of President Obama’s first 100 days!
More 100 days goodness:
White House Photostream on Flickr
White House First 100 Days Blog
State-Specific Recovery Benefits