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May 1st, 2009
04:47 AM ET

High expectations

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

One hundred days ago, when Barack Obama took office, the country was full of high expectations. Change was afoot in America. Comparisons were made to Kennedy and FDR and, most often, to our greatest president, Lincoln. Even those who had supported his opponent were hopeful that this new young leader would get our country back on track.

One hundred days sure goes by quickly doesn’t it?

Here we are 100 days later and already we’re asking: What has he done for me lately?

Even the president has had to admit that change in Washington comes very slowly: “I can’t just press a button and make the bankers do what it want them to do,” the new President lamented last night at a prime time press conference to mark the occasion, “I can’t just flip a switch and have Congress fall in line.”

Would that he could, but he can’t.

And just think of all he’s had to face since taking office: A major recession; two wars overseas; a justice department delegitimized by its previous occupants; a health care system that has left forty-five million Americans uninsured; not to mention, getting a whole new administration up and running; and now, there’s a flu pandemic.

“The typical President had two or three big problems. We’ve got seven or eight big problems,” the President pointed out.

So, while the one hundred day marker is a useful media tool — it gives us something to talk about — it is unreasonable to expect much change, in a democracy, in so short a period of time.

So, let’s stop counting the days and let the man do the job he was elected to do. As President Obama himself has often said, if we don’t like his performance as President, we can all go to the polls again in four years and elect someone else. Four years. That’s the election cycle. Not 100 days.

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  1. Carol B. in MD

    Good morning, Jami. Your post makes some interesting, valid points. The President is doing a pretty good job and like Atlas, is trying to carry the weight of the world. It WILL take some time to see some longer-term results for some of the problems our country is dealing with. Still, things are a lot more hopeful now than in the last administrations "dark side of the moon" tactics.

    May 1, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  2. Teresa. OH

    You're so right, Jami on all accounts.

    However, when Prez Obama was campaigning, his speeches made it appear that he could indeed press a button and make all the monsters go away. That was the dreamer Obama.

    Now the realist Obama has taken stage.

    I didnt elect him, but I think he is doing a fine job even if he SAID one thing and is doing another.

    May 1, 2009 at 10:05 am |