100 Days Down and 1360 to Go

Published by Tanu Henry on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 8:31 am.

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 By Pamela Gentry

Today marks President Barack Obama’s 100th day in office. Tonight, he’ll hold his third presidential news conference and give the American people the 411. The timing of his remarks comes just within days of the largest increase in consumer confidence and as falling home prices appear to have leveled off.

 

But the defection of Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) confirms two things: Republicans are in big trouble; and, two, this could open the door for more moderate Republicans to follow suit.  All of this is good news for Democrats.

 

Specter decided to follow the folks that he represented in Pennsylvania; and when he learned that 200,000 Republicans had switched parties, it was a no-brainer. In a poll last week, only 21 percent of folks in the country identified themselves as Republican. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that you can’t win an election with percentages like that.  Arlen remarked in the press conference he held after the announcement:

 

“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right…I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”

 

This can’t be a shocker to the party leadership, whoever that is this week. Leadership is the other big problem with the GOP; who is leading the party? Republican National Chair Michael Steele? Former Congressman Newt Gingrich? Talk show host Rush Limbaugh? Or their elected leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell? That’s one question the Democrats can answer. And President Obama has the advantage of working with his party leadership. Even thought it’s sometimes strained, it’s a working relationship.

 

While the first 100 days tell us about the early days of an administration, they don’t always predict a legacy of a president. President Obama has laid out some aggressive milestones in his presidency. Since taking office the President has signed over a half dozen bills into law, a dozen or more executive orders, traveled to Canada, Mexico and Europe, and held three nationally televised news conferences.

 

Tonight, he’ll tell the American people first-hand how he plans to carry them out.

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Comments

RED NECK HUNTER said on April 29th, 2009

MR OBAMA HAS DONE A GREAT JOB!! THAN YOU CAN EXPECT FROM A MAN OR WOMAN IN JUST ONE HUNDRED DAYS!!

RED NECK HUNTER said on April 29th, 2009

I ALLWAYS VIEWED MR ARLEN SPECTER WITH RESPECT, HE SEEMED OUT OF PLACE AS A REPUBLICAN . I NEVER THOUGHT HE WAS COMFORTABLE IN THE GOOD OLD BOYS NETWORK!! I HOPE MORE REPUBLICANS THAT THINK LIKE HIM BUT ARE SCARED TO MAKE THAT MOVE COME ON OVER NOW, OR IN THE NEAR FUTUREYOU GUYS CAN KEEP MR STEELE .

Slim Hunz Jr said on April 29th, 2009

Good Moring! 100Days down and 1360 to go…

The Secret Society said on April 29th, 2009

Pamela on Politics….

jfffnn said on April 29th, 2009

RED NECK HUNTER
As a resident of Pennsylvannia I once voted for Sen. Spector whom was once a Democrat until Philly repubs. recruited him to run for Philly D.A.You are correct in saying he seems out of place in the GOP,that is because he is more pragmatic than idealogical. The truth is he has ruined his political life.He will not be re-elected.

Orlandoblkman said on April 29th, 2009

I am disappointed by by President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office.
I approve of a Black man in the White House…JUST NOT OBAMA.
He is a GLOBALIST just like that of George W.Bush.
He has done nothing at all to bring the troops home but instead added more troops to Iraq & Afghanistan.
And He has not FIXED THE ECONOMY as he said he would.
But don’t believe what I’m saying.
Let’s hear it from a political commentator and filmmaker.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCOkqiohXe8

Mouctar said on April 29th, 2009

Mr Obama for real…. Do your thang BARACK…….

jfffnn said on April 29th, 2009

Orlandoblkman
Let’s get real about the fact he came intooffice with a bunch of problems left by the previous administration.We should not and can’t expect miracles.The war in Afghanitan needs to be expanded while the fiasco in IraQ NEEDS TO END NOW.Exactly what do you want himtoo do withm the economy ? The economic crisis is not his doing.

David said on April 29th, 2009

Iam turning Democrat!! Just like my Idol Mr Arlen Specter!!

rednblack said on April 29th, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Obama is not the Messiah; he is just another professional politician.
*
Someone plese tell me how his economic policies(which are no differeent than Bush’s except add in a few trillion of more borrowing) will strengthen this country?

REDNBLACK CUT OFF YOUR LIPS said on April 29th, 2009

Make sure that you get a good discount since you work in the hospital, Who ever said he was a Messiah but you and these die hard redneck Republicans.Black people know who God is he Don’t need man’s approval or Government to do his will or his work.

DAVID R said on April 29th, 2009

MY FELLOW AMERICANS LET’S NOT BE SO QUICK TO LEND AN OPINION BEFORE WE LISTEN. OFTEN PEOPLE TEND TO SPEAK OUT WITHOUT HAVING A CLUE WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON. LITERALLY IN THE WORLD. I BELEIVE OUR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB SO FAR, HE TALKS TO PEOPLE, LIKE YOU AND ME. NOT ALWAYS ADDRESSING THE PUBLIC BUT INDIVIDUAL’S. IM EXCITED TO KNOW OUR PRESIDENT IS DOWN TO EARTH AND LISTENS, YEAH HE HASNT DONE MUCH ABOUT OUR TROOPS, BUT WHAT CAN BE DONE YOU DONT EXPECT US TO JUST GET UP AND LEAVE WITHOUT PLANNING AHEAD, WE NEED TO KNOW THAT NOTHING LIKE 9/11 AND OTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS DONT EVER REPEAT. SO FOR ALL THOSE CRITICS OUT THERE. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN BUSH TOOK US TO WAR WITH THEM. AND IF YOUR SO DAWN CONCERNED, THEN WHY DIDNT YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT OR BETTER YET WHY THE HELL ARENT YOU THERE WITH THE TROOPS NOW. OUR ECONOMY WILL PROGRESS JUST AS WE ALWAYS HAVE SO KEEP THE FAITH AND DONT LOOSE HOPE GET UP AND SPEND TIME AND MONEY EXAUSTING THOSE RESOURCES TO BETTER YOURSELF AND TRY THE THINGS YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO MAYBE YOU’LL BE THE INFLUENCE WE NEED TO STIMULATE THIS ECONOMY
BECAUSE AMERICA WE MUST AND WILL LIVE ON TO BE LEADERS AGAIN.

BRIANNA said on April 29th, 2009

I LOVE YOU OBAMA WRITE BACK IM 12 YEARS OLD AND HAPPY 100# DAY

LOVE: BRIANNA

descants said on April 29th, 2009

President Obama first 100 days gets an A.

descants said on April 29th, 2009

President Obama gets an A+ for multitasking.

descants said on April 29th, 2009

First 100 days–An A+ for President Obama acknowledgment to Canada, European Countries and Latin America.

descants said on April 29th, 2009

First 100 days. Let’s not forget our Vice President Joe Biden. Was he instrumental in the defection of Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter? “Food for thought”

descants said on April 29th, 2009

First 100 days, whether you agree or not President Obama keep his employers (The American People) up to date with America business.

My_Prez_Is_Blk said on April 29th, 2009

&& I’m Soooo Proud
To Say That I Have An Amazing
President && That He’s Black.
Keep Up The Good Work Mr.Obama
&& Continue To Make Us [African Americans)*
Proud.

Tahmya said on April 29th, 2009

President Obama is the man of the world he makes black people feel like they can do anything they want and itsz true I wish and hope young black man learn from him and females and as for me I have a young 8 month old baby and going to be a court officer

MELITA BUT DAY CALL ME MAMI said on April 29th, 2009

HI OBAMA I LOVE TO KNOW THAT WE GOT A BLAK P******* AND TODAY IS OBAMA 100 DAY IN OFFECE…

Jenna said on April 29th, 2009

I don’t think Obama is doing all that great. I don’t think we need a blackman to tell us that we need change, or to inspire anyone. All of the things people are doing in support of him, by changing their lives and helping others should’ve been going down way before Obama took office. We don’t need to the celebrate the fact that he’s black, black is nothing but a color. If he was white, would it make a difference? Not as many people would be as hyped up. Which is kind of ignorant, don’t you think? People say his stimulus plan is doing great, well.. where does this money come from? It doesn’t magically appear. It’s taxes! He’s taxing the lower and middle classes more.
He said he would take care of the troops, but yet he’s sending over 30,000 to Afgan. And, he’s extended the Iraqi’s from a few weeks to about 16 months or more. He doesn’t support the one payer healthcare plan, which is what this country needs. And he doesn’t control the economy! The president doesn’t control anything. Haven’t you people ever heard of Illuminati? Do your research. And, some may call me racist, or a ”hater,” but for the record.. I am black. And to some extent, especially from watching all of the ignorance on BET, I’m not all that proud sometimes. Do for yourself, don’t wait for Obama to come pay your rent. Peace.

JHANAI said on April 29th, 2009

I THINK THAT OBAMA’S DOING GREAT HE’S ASKING EVERYONE’S DECISON BEFORE JUST MAKIN ONE HIMSELF

Maxine said on April 29th, 2009

I think that President Obama is doing the best with the hand that he was dealt. People expect him to repair the incredible mess that our country is in over night when in reality it took us years to get to this point. I think that is unfair to expect so much to change in such a short time. Change will come, however it will not happen over night, in 100 days, and definitely not in a year. I feel that he is trying to make sure that we are a strong viable country in the long run and their are so many layers that he has to repair before he even reaches the core of the problem. It is easy for people to be disgruntle about what he is not doing or the mistakes he has made. Remember he is man first and President second. This means he is not free from flaws or mistakes, however I have seen that when he makes a mistake he is not afraid to assume responsibility for his actions. Unlike the administration in the past who have covered every mistake and were not remorseful, he is a breath of fresh air and quite supportive and empathetic to the people for whom he serves. It is always easy to pass judgement and say how much he is not doing but remember that when he made those promises he had no idea how really bad a situation we were in before excepting. There is always more than meets the eye and he should be commended for taking a stand and doing whatever it takes to make our situation better both at home and abroad. It is going to get worse before it gets better.

shan5500 said on April 29th, 2009

I AM 17 YRS OLD AND HAVENT VOTED FOR OBAMA. I BELIEVE THAT ITS GREAT THAT HE WON BUT HE IS MAKING NOT THE BEST DECISIONS!
OUR MONEY IS GOING TO WASTE!! ALL THAT MONEY LENT TO CHINA !! WOW MY GENERATION HAS TO PAY ALL THAT BACK! GIVING PPL JUS A LITTLE MONEY THERE POCKET TO JUST GO BUT JUST A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT EVER IS REDICULOUS! HE IS WAISTING TIME ! AND DEFINITLY TIME IS MONEY! if yall were wondering if im white naw im a black african american who thought i missed out on voting last year but see now i havent missed out on nothing at all

trish45s said on April 29th, 2009

president obama has done a great job and is doing a great and now it is up to all of us to have faith that it is all going to come together. President Obama did the hard part, it is now up to the american people to figure out where they go from here. Whether its going back to school, going for some type of training, being creative and starting up your own busines it can all be done. Just a mustard seed of faith is all one needs, to make their dreams happen.

Pelosi's "BOY" said on April 29th, 2009

Thats all Obama is. He is Pelosi’s Boy. He does her bidding

odessa said on April 29th, 2009

Mr.President, left a lot be desired on the question of responding to the blight of the urban black community, I was very sad and dissapointed with his response, almost as if he handed in his black card today!

jolly green said on April 30th, 2009

ToOrlandoblkman… I respect your opinion but how can someone fix the economy in 100 days???….things take time……that aside i think the 1st 100 days get an A

Catherine said on April 30th, 2009

I give president Obama an A. He has done well in the first 100 days. I pray that He steps up on his record by the special grace of God. Obama met the economy at 0level.He therefore introduced the stimulus package to jumpstart the economy. We’re living in uncertain times. It is when you survive today you then talk about Obama spending your children’s money. Obama want healthcare to be within the reach of all Americans but something people don’t want this as they don’t care care for those who can’t afford healthcare. Some people talk about unemployment. You can;t creat jobs over night. It takes a while. We acn see the dow picking up gradually. Everything will follow. Let’s give Obama time. I wish him all the best. I can go on and on.

Catherine said on April 30th, 2009

I know a lot of people expect Obama to pick up on all the black problems. I’m an African. Lets give him time. He’s predent of all the races. Let’s give him time. The problems confronting the blacks and the African are enomous but a step begins a journey. Who can believe that America will be ruled by a black man in the 21st century. My brothers and sisters brace up send your children to school,work hard don’t be lazy,aim high,don’t allow anything to distract your focus. Tjere’s no more limit for the blackman.

ME said on April 30th, 2009

I totally agree with you david you couldn’t said it better. Jenna, Obama is a leader and sometimes people need others to believe in them and lead them to change. You should be glad there is a man in office is not selfish who is willing. Nothing changes over night it takes time and I think Obama is leading us in the right way. Jesus was a leader and many changes their lives everyday to follow in his ways and God put Obama here to guide his people.

derek said on April 30th, 2009

Does Rep. Waters really not think we should get Bin Laden? Government run helth care is not the American way. Get ready for random drug test.

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