Wag the Blog Redux: Obama's First 100 Days
President-elect Barack Obama's first 100 days will be among the most heavily scrutinized in the history of the presidency as his supporters, his opponents and reporters see whether he can translate his soaring campaign rhetoric into effective governance.
In this week's Wag the Blog post, the Fix asked readers to weigh in on what lessons Obama might take from the rocky first 100 days of President Bill Clinton and how he might avoid the same pitfalls.
Here's a look at the most insightful responses of Fixisstas -- as culled by post.com politics producer Sarah Lovenheim:
Can't Echo Clinton on Health Care
"Barack Obama has already demonstrated he has learned the mistakes of Bill Clinton's first year in office. Instead of delaying health care reform legislation to his second year as Clinton did, Obama seems intent to seek Congressional approval of a major health care reform in his first year, realizing expanding health care coverage is important in sustained long-term economic growth of this country..." --Aprogressiveindependent
SHOULD Address the Issue of Gays in the Military:
"I hope that Obama doesn't take the wrong lesson from Clinton's 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' fiasco. When Clinton attempted to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, a majority of Americans were opposed to the change. Now, over 70% of Americans want to get rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell..." -- Barclay1
Make a Top Six List
"In his first hundred days the President should be able to:
1.Sign a new bailout package
3.Get DC Vote legislation passed in the House
4.Move the Matthew Shepard Act -- aka -- hate crimes through the house.
5.Sign S-chip children's health care expansion
6.Get his entire cabinet approved
If he does these things he will be viewed as a success." --peterdc
'Slow Down, Clinton Moved Too Fast'
"The Clintons were too ambitious with trying to push through controversial items- and wound up compromising and pleasing no one with things such as 'Don't ask, Don't Tell' -- it is important to do the morally right (correct) things and the things that are universally popular first -- so the following is a list of things:
1) Remove the "Mexico City order"- allow funding to women's health organizations that support more than abstinence.
2) Freeze interest rates on variable loans- allow for renegotiation for people in danger of losing homes
3) Close Guantanamo- put people into the regular justice system- laws are laws- we can not torture and if that means people go free- we need to keep track of them after
4) Halt all illegal phone tapping
5) Pass CHIP
Set an Honest Tone
"The best way for Obama to proceed is to set the tone with his inaugural address by promising his honesty to the public... If he's square with people, they should be able to grant him wide berth while he gets his feet under the Oval Office desk. (In comparison, Clinton entered the White House with people somewhat suspicious of him, based on the implied sex-capades and shady business dealings. He entered the White House with a thin reserve of public goodwill, that was quickly dissipated with the help of the rabid right wing Republicans..)" -- RickJ
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