August 4th, 2009
08:46 AM ET

Why Obama's plans are stalled

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Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

The second hundred days of Barack Obama's presidency have in many ways been more revealing than the first hundred days.

We have learned a lot, not so much about Obama's governing style or his policy agenda, but about the political environment in which he will have to operate - at least until the 2010 midterm elections.

Obama has experienced some difficult challenges since April. On paper, the administration has clearly not achieved the same kind of sweeping early legislative record as his Democratic predecessors such as Franklin Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. We have not witnessed the creation of another New Deal or Great Society.

The economic stimulus bill is the most ambitious legislation to move through Congress thus far. The financial and economic bailout program has proved extremely important as well, but that comes from the Troubled Asset Relief Program begun by President George W. Bush at the height of the financial crisis.

The two big-ticket items for the administration - health care and the environment - are stalled in Congress. There is a potential compromise looming on health care that would fall far short of Obama's campaign promises. At the same time, most of the national security policies that were put into place after September 11 by the Bush administration remain intact.


Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. joe

    Lets be realistic, Obama set out a huge agenda and has accomplished nothing – his plans are stalling because much of the trillions in debt he is racking up and which have been passed are doing nothing for this country. There are no green jobs, unemployment is higher than he predicted, TARP, TALF, PIIP have all failed (the financial industry just needed time, thats what is really turning it around, there has not been one PIIP executed). Mr. Obama came into Washington with no experience and it is becoming evident that is a risky person to listen to and hence his plans are stalled – people are waking up to his weaknesses.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  2. Melissa

    Cindy, he did not. But you are one of the Republicans I was talking about. Its time for you people to start thinking for yourselves, instead of believing everything you are told by your leaders. In case you haven't noticed, they aren't exactly the most honest of people.

    August 4, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  3. Melissa

    Obama's plans are stalled because the Republicans fight everything tooth and nail by spreading as many lies and half truths as humanly possible, and the Blue Dog Democrats are siding with the Republicans instead of siding with the Democrats where they should. Sick of it.

    August 4, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  4. Cindy

    Th reason Obama's plans are stalling is because he has too much going on at once. He should have focused on one thing at a time and not tried to do it all at once.

    Another reason is that everyone sees that the stimulus didn't actually do anything so why waste more money on crap that he wants to push hurriedly through.

    Last but not least the man has lied from day one and has backed out on every campaign promise he has made just about so why should we trust him?


    August 4, 2009 at 11:10 am |