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The Hundred Days

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Watch out. Everywhere you look, the talking heads are going to be talking about Barack Obama's first hundred days.

Did he end the war in Iraq? Not yet.

Turn the economy around? I'd have to say not yet.

The EPA has been making moves, and there's a new proposed rule on stem cell research, although the last time I went outside here in Los Angeles, the air was no cleaner, and no new diseases have been cured since January, at least as far as I've heard.

Are we better off than we were three months ago?

Why would we be?

There's an old rule of thumb that chief executives should only try to do three things at once. Three is an agenda. Six is a laundry list. The problem comes when you inherit the reins of a state or a company or a country with more than three major problems. What then?

Obama is trying to deal with the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq and the crisis in the Middle East and the saber rattling by Iran and the tests conducted in North Korea. Then there are the banks and the auto companies, the housing market, historic unemployment and job loss — and did I mention the cratering stock market and the impact on folks who are trying to retire or send their kids to college? And, oh, yes, there's health care (that was a top, top priority) and the environment and the challenge of building the economy of the future, which requires great attention to education. And, of course, energy and the crumbling infrastructure, transportation and high-speed rail, worker's rights, women's rights, gay rights, waste and abuse, housing and homelessness.

And, yes, could we please just cure cancer?

The reality is that few presidents in recent times have come to Washington with less experience in the nation's Capitol and more problems, at home and abroad, to deal with.

So let's cut to the chase: He hasn't solved them all. Not even close.

The suggestion that he could have, should have, that anyone might have, is ridiculous.

What Obama has done is establish himself, at home and abroad, as a leader to be reckoned with. Vive Obama.

He has gotten major legislation through Congress on the economy. He got rid of the CEO of General Motors, in the process giving notice that failing up with taxpayer funds will not be allowed. He has managed to avoid ugly and embarrassing confirmation fights (remember John Tower? Zoe Baird?), and even found a politically acceptable purebred for his girls. (Who can say no to a gift from Ted Kennedy?)

Has he made mistakes? Sure. Getting into a fight with Rush Limbaugh is silly. Getting caught off guard by the AIG bonuses, as the administration was, and then tap dancing about who knew what when was unnecessary.

But what's impressive about this team, agree with them or not, is that after a hundred days, there is no question of who's in charge. There's no question of the confidence or competence of the man on top.

For a guy who couldn't get his credit card taken when he tried to rent a car at the 2000 Democratic Convention, a guy who in 2004 was a State senator in Illinois, it's not bad. If he could come this far this fast, think what he might do in a few more hundred days. Or a few years.

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I will take Obama's first hundred days over W's eight years any time.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Paul M. Petkovsek
Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:13 AM
Oh dear Susan... We all know where your loyalties lie... if Obama goes on to ruin the country in the next 4 years, you'll still find a way to blame it on Bush or Rush or whomever ... who are we kidding?
Comment: #2
Posted by: Don
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:01 AM
Exactly how much kool-aid did you drink? You must have chugged the pitcher!
That was right in line with all of the other supercilious articles that have been written about BHO. He will make people wish for Bush again in 2012 when he has made this country a weak, socialist nation - or worse - in the next 4 years. Where is your "analysis" of what he did in Europe (nothing), middle east (nothing) and now latin america. (worse than nothing). Why not go back talking about his pecs like all of the other syncophants.
Comment: #3
Posted by: njpro
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:52 AM
Susan,
One key test for a CEO is the quality of the people he has attracted....in this economic environment his key posting was treasury secretary....and he chose somebody who is not in the classs of a Volker or Rubin....he has chosen a dodo bird who can't even attract members to his team......it truly is the economy stupid....and it requires competence....something in short supply with this team......and with a President who has never run a candy store...God help us
Comment: #4
Posted by: rich
Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:07 PM
No question about his competence? No question about his judgment?

I do have no question about the boundless self confidence this bounder/poseur has. The rest? Not so much.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Mike Myers
Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:40 PM
He got legislation through congress? How difficult would that be when his party runs congress. It's VIVA Obama- isn't that what Chavez and Castro are saying? Aren't we just sooooooooo excited that Chavez and Castro think he's wonderful. Chavez and Castro who imprison and torture independent thinkers, artists and homosexuals. Even in first year Macroeconomics we learned that the more money you print the more inflation will occur. We had a legislature that didn't even read the bills signed. I guess that's great for the people that created the contract. The contract AGAINST America.
Comment: #6
Posted by: barbara
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:34 PM
Susan I can not believe you believe what you have written. Obama failed over seas and he has made this country impotent and when we will be attacked again. The blood of every victim is on his hands and his administration. He is thought of being weak and yes he has put your friend Hillary out of sight. Oh yes, a sighting she made a negative comment about Dick Cheney. Wow Susan I do not know how you and you liberal friends can look in a mirror and not fear facing God. How can you sell your souls like that? I like how they want to but the Bush administration on trial to distract from their own incompetence. You and your liberal friends are a joke and I am not laughing believe me because I am scared.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Kathaleen McCausland
Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:01 PM
"What Obama has done is establish himself, at home and abroad, as a leader to be reckoned with. Vive Obama." This is laughable. I can tell all I need to know about Obama's fearsome reckoning power when I hear the mocking remarks from Mamoud Dinnerjacket in Iran, Kim Jong-Il of North Korea, and just yesterday the scolding from Fidel Castro in Cuba. Even Hugo Chavez of Venezuela doesn't seem to be impressed, much less afraid of the US the way he ought to be.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Matt
Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:25 AM
Re: Paul M. Petkovsek. Yeah, eight years of tax cuts and dead terrorists is really a record to be ashamed of, isn't it?
Comment: #9
Posted by: Matt
Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:26 AM
This article is ridiculous. You basically just mentioned all of the problems Obama is facing and have not shown any ways in which he has solved them. By the way, that's because he hasn't! It doesn't even seem like he or his administration know what they're doing. I fear the next hundred days, or rather, the next four years. I'm neither a republican or a democrat, but I sure as hell am checking off the republican box during the elections in 2010. BO's radical agenda is going to destroy this great country. A balance in this goverment is the "hope" and "change" this country needs.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Brittany Vincent
Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:43 AM
This article is just another political hack speaking her mind, and that's fine. Everyone wants to keep blaming Bush, and again that's fine. Let's just start to get the facts straight. Obama's policies are socialist. He may not want to openly admit it, but that is a fact. Taking from one social-economic class and giving to another is socialist. George Bush was a socialist too. Most of our politicians are socialists because they feel the way to keep their power and authority is to grow the reliance of the American people on the government. Our government has become about keeping the class war in place not about bettering the Country as a whole. The Democrats have been incharge since the mid term elections in 2007, Bush had 6 years as policy maker. Fiscal policy starts in the House of Representative which has been in Harry Reid's hands since 2007. We need to start teaching civics again.

God bless the founders of this Country. I hope they are not rolling over in their graves
Comment: #11
Posted by: Steve
Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:28 AM
Why is it that columnists, news media and commentators have gone from the mode of "question everything" to "question nothing"? You and yours are failing the American people.
Comment: #12
Posted by: jbaugher
Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:32 AM
OMG.... I just puked! Someone snacked on lead as a child.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Frankly
Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:05 AM
THE ONLY PEOPLE IN CHARGE ARE , MOVE ON .ORG ,ACLU,PLANNED PARENTHOOD,PALOSI, REID AND MABE MICHELLE OBAMA. OUR ENEMIES ARE LAUGHING AT US, THE SOCIALIST,COMMUNIST LEADERS DONT RESPECT US AND OBAMA KEEPS BREAKING EVERY PROMISE HE MADE IN THE CAMPAIGN EXCEPT THOSE PROMISES OF TURNING THIS ONCE GREAT POWERFULL COUNTRY INTO THE SOCIALIST STATE OF AMERICA. HE IS DESTROYING THIS CONTRY, SUSAN PLEASE WAKE UP ! GIGANTIC GOVERNMENT, ENEMY APPEASING, REDIFING MARRIAGE, HOMOSEXUALITY, KILLING UNBORN BABIES( ABORTION ) SHRINKING OUR DEFENCE AND BOWING DOWN AND TRASHING THIS GREAT COUNTRY IS WRONG !!! OH, I ALMOST FORGOT , SUPOSEDLY WE ARE NOT A JUDEO/CHRISTIAN NATION. WHAT!!! I THOUGHT OBAMA WENT TO SCHOOL, MY 10 YR OLD DAUGHTER KNOWS WE WERE FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION. AND YOU , SUSAN SUPPORT THIS NAIVE PRESIDENT WITH NO EXPIERENCE , NONE ,ZIPO WHO GREW UP MENTORED BY EXTREMELY RADICAL PEOPLE . DO THE RESEARCH ,SEE HANITY.
Comment: #14
Posted by: GIL
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:16 AM
Re: Matt , I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU , YOU CANT BE ANY CLEARER. OBAMINATION A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH , IS SUSAN ON DRUGS ? HOW CAN ANYBODY SAY SUCH A THING ? ARE THEY NOT WATCHING THE NEWS ? THAT MUST BE THE PROBLEM , SUSAN MUST WATCH CNN,MSNBC ETC. EVEN SHE KNOWS FOX IS THE ONLY WORTH NEWS CHANNEL LEFT IN AMERICA,THEY WHY THEY ARE ATTACKED, JEALOUSY. I HOPE SUSAN READS THESE BLOGS ,SHE MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA. PEOPLE ARE FED UP AND ANGRY. AND THEY ARE GETTING ANGRIER BY THE MINUTE UNLESS YOU ARE A LEFT WING SOCIALIST.
Comment: #15
Posted by: GIL
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:26 AM
Re: Paul M. Petkovsek , YOU MUST HAVE A HOME IN RUSSIA,VENEZUELA OR CUBA, OH WAIT THATS NOT ALLOWED . I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SAY WHEN WE ARE ATTACKED AGAIN AND OUR DOLLAR GETS TO BE WORTH NOTHING. MAYBE WHEN YOUR TAXES GO UP SO HIGH YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN A TENT. THIS ROOKIE NEVER RAN ANYTHING IN HIS LIFE, HAS ZERO EXPIERENCE, GODLESS. WHO DO YOU THINK OUR ENEMY WANTS IN OFFICE ? ANSWER THAT QUESTION TRUTHFULLY , I KNOW THATS HARD FOR LIBERALS TO DO BUT TRY. I BET IF IT WAS YOUR LOVED ONE WHO DIED DUE TO TERRORISM YOU WOULD BE SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE. WITH THIS PRESIDENT THAT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE, HE IS A COWARD.
Comment: #16
Posted by: GIL
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:37 AM
Re: njpro, AMEN ,NIPRO, SUSAN MUST HAVE BEEN IN CUBA ON VACATION, I THOUGHT SUSAN WAS SMARTER THAN THAT. I GUESS ALL LIBERAL MINDS ARE CONNECTED TO OBAMAS KOOL- AID MACHINE. GOD IS GOING TO BE BUSY ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT.
Comment: #17
Posted by: GIL
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:44 AM
Re: GIL Hi Gil. I have a home on the Texas Gulf Coast, which is pretty close to Cuba. At least, we shared the same hurricane last year. What will I say when we are attacked again? I was all for going after Osama after 9/11/01. After all, we were attacked by Saudi nationals based in Afghanistan. What did Iraq have to do with it?
Comment: #18
Posted by: Paul M. Petkovsek
Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:39 PM
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