At 100-Day Mark, Obama Report Cards Mostly Positive
By Ben Pershing
On the 98th day of President Obama's term, it looked as though the swine flu crisis might just overshadow today's milestone. On the 99th day, Arlen Specter delivered himself, wrapped in a bow, to the White House doorstep.
So it has gone for Obama, who has tackled one crisis after another -- only a few of his own making -- but stands, on his 100th day, as a popular president with the political wind still at his back. The media air is thick this morning with assessments of the Obama era so far, and nearly all are positive.
The New York Times editorializes that Obama has made "a strong start" to an administration that has dealt with much adversity. The Fix says the first 100 days are "without question" a success. Rich Lowry agrees that Obama's administration would be a success if it ended today, but suspects the thousand-plus days ahead will be more difficult. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll "finds that the president himself is more popular than his policies." Noting the sheer volume of action emanating from the White House, the Economist dubs it "100 days of hyperactivity."
Alternately, Andrew Malcolm calls this milestone "100 days since Aretha's hat." Now, Obama's term may now be divided into "BS" and "AS" -- Before Specter and After Specter.
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Posted at 8:35 AM ET on Apr 29, 2009
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