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As 100-Day Mark Nears, Comparisons Begin

By Ben Pershing
This afternoon, President Obama will meet with one former president and the brother of another. The timing seems appropriate, as Obama's session with Bill Clinton and Edward Kennedy to discuss national service comes as the press prepares to start rolling out its assessments of 44's first 100 days, and comparing his achievements to those of his predecessors.

Is Obama best compared to Franklin Roosevelt? Both men, the Los Angeles Times points out this morning, came into office proposing sweeping legislative changes in response to dire economic crises. "And yet, for all the talk of sweeping change, we have learned this about Obama: He is not really a radical," Doyle McManus writes. "Like FDR, he wants to reform American capitalism in order to save it." Republicans also see some parallels between Obama and Roosevelt -- and dislike both presidencies. Many in the GOP are busy reading the revisionist Depression history, "The Forgotten Man." Depending on whom you ask, it's either "a remarkable book" that corrects long-held misperceptions about the effectiveness of the New Deal, or it's a simplistic, misguided collection of "stories that mostly go nowhere."

One noticeable trend in Obama's first 100 days (actually, 92 so far) is that Obama speaks publicly quite often. Past presidents, Newsweek notes, "have allowed the vice president or other top aides to take on some of the PR workload or have even relied on the magic of the press release to get word out, but not Obama." Tim Geithner and Vice President Biden have given a few speeches, but with the exception of Geithner's missteps, how many have been truly memorable? And when was the last time you saw Hillary Clinton speaking on TV? Jim Hoagland suggested Sunday that Obama should "[s]tay out of the honey-tree trap of commander in chiefism" and instead delegate more to his Cabinet. As next week's milestone approaches, you can expect a lot more analysis of how Obama's much-chronicled decision to assemble a "team of rivals" (and big egos) has worked in practice.

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By Ben Pershing  |  April 21, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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SAINT: The world markets do indeed reflect your views and that's what Obama has so desperately been trying to fix. But it's pointless to argue with you. No matter what he does, you'd still disagree with him. I'd be willing to bet $100 that you're OLD and WHITE. The world is younger and browner than you, pal. Adapt or go extinct.

Posted by: inyourjase | April 21, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

inyourjase- And I do not approve of a single act of it!

Expanded coverage of Anchor Babies till 18, shutting off lands for resource exploration, dealing with Leftist States, increasing the Violence in Iraq, while expounding Violence and miltary activity in both Afghanistan and Pakistan-all at our expense while NATO does Nada;
Playing God with Embryos that have yielded NOTHING but bad results, Kissing Up to Islamists who are mistreating Non-Islamists, and Pretending to know the First thing about the Auto Industry;

Thanks, O'Bomba-Nation;


The World's Markets reflect MY views!

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 21, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey "SAINT": During his first 100 days in office, Obama has ordered the closure of Gitmo, a troop withdrawal from Iraq, made it easier for women to sue for job discrimination, reversed a ban on stem cell research, extended health care to millions of children, ousted the head of General Motors, reached out to the Muslim world, moved to ease tensions with Cuba, traveled to Europe and Latin America, and set aside huge tracts of wilderness for federal protection. By comparison, George W. Bush had signed one bill, commemorating Ronald Reagan's 90th birthday and was well on his way to confirming his illiteracy to the rest of the world. You right-wingers screwed up and lost. Face it.

Posted by: inyourjase | April 21, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Based on his first Hundred Days, I say we would be suffering a Collective Brain-Fart to give him another!



Posted by: SAINT---The | April 21, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Mr. President, c/o White House staff (Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Jay Carney)

Please read this before POTUS finalizes his national service agenda:

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 21, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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