April 29th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Obama’s First 100 Days and more!

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Jill Billante
AC360° Senior Producer

This morning, the president’s first 100 days are on our mind. President Obama has taken on plenty since taking office a short time ago. He’s dealt with and is still dealing with an economic crisis. At the same time he works to make good on his campaign promises on issues like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and stem cell research.

Tonight, CNN will be grading the president’s performance. How do you think the president has done? Let us know. We’ll be live-blogging here starting at 8p and we’ll be on the air until midnight.

President Obama is already out bright and early this morning, speaking to cameras with Senator Arlen Specter about his decision to cross the aisle and became a Democrat. He took the opportunity to talk about the first death here in the United States from the swine flu. A two-year-old child died in Texas from the virus. He urged Americans to take necessary precautions to spread the virus, highlighting common sense advice like hand-washing and keeping children who are sick out of school. A school in Chicago, Obama’s former stomping ground, closed a school today because of swine flu concerns.

We’ll be reporting all the latest on it tonight. See you then.

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  1. DANA kimball

    I would like to know while the president is taking on all the issues and bailing all these people out that decided to buy homes they could not afford and the banks what is he doing about the Navy Personnel that can not move on to their next duty station because there is no money. Who is looking into this. My tax dollars is going to all these bailouts and I am stuck and can not move after 18 years of service to the Navy. Where is my help to move on to my next duty station? I'm serving my country not asking for a hand out..

    April 29, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  2. Eleanor Coombs,

    Still hard to believe that Arlen Specter iced the Republicans to become icing to President Obama for the Democrats. I

    April 29, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  3. SLM

    The mistakes that have been made are many. Hopefully his on the job training will eventually pay off and he will have a better understanding of the job. He needs to understand he got the job and doesn't need to keep on campaigning for it.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  4. Janelle

    Thank you for this opportunity to express my views. I continue to be thrilled that Barack Obama is President. As a single mom who is a special education teacher, mother of a college student with a chronic illness, employee in a school district that may soon go on strike and a part of the stalwart, tax paying middle income America, I find his goals to be right on target with mine. I give him a Triple A+. I don't recall all this fuss about judging other past presidents. I wonder what that is all about?

    April 29, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  5. Isabel Siaba

    Good morning, Jill Billante and Anderson Cooper!

    Today is a sad morning with the confirmation of the first death from swine flu in the US.

    It is impossible try to establish a government, building upon the first 100 days, a period dubbed the "honey-moon" with the electorate and where the president has wide margin of action.

    But 100 days is enough time, moreover, to say that a government has, after all.

    And President Obama has made clear, first, his intention to break sharply with the government of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, much more conciliatory in tone and multilateral relations in domestic relationship (in Congress and with American institutions) and international (hands extended to Russia, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, just to stay in the most obvious examples), as the principles governing its pragmatism, as the authorization for research with stem cells, the defense of the use of clean energy, etc.etc.etc.

    Let 's hope that the man can win the war against swine flu!

    Let 's hope for President Obama be successful in many, many days that he still has to go.


    April 29, 2009 at 9:41 am |