It's Day 100: Roll Out the Clichés

Buckley outlines the platitudes of the Obama era
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 7:45 AM CDT
An employee of a Paris flat-screen television shop adjusts settings, as televisions broadcast Barack Obama delivering his speech after being sworn in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.    (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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(Newser) – Today marks the 100th day of Barack Obama's presidency, an occasion acknowledged by a flood of articles assessing the meaning of a presidency after three measly months, writes Christopher Buckley in the Financial Times. The American satirist offers a breakdown of the most predictable interpretations.

  • Refreshing change: Obama's brought a "new tone" to Washington, Michelle and the kids are so wonderful, and how 'bout that vegetable garden?
  • A good start, but much remains to be done: Understandable, considering Obama faces a "historic challenge."

  • Change, schmange: How could The One fail to end global warming or withdraw Bush and Cheney's security detail?
  • We told you so: Some conservative classics. Obama is printing cash indiscriminately, or he's palling around with Hugo Chávez, or he's a Eurocrat in disguise.
  • A (yawn) first-class temperament: "No-drama Obama" turns out to be a bit boring. Good thing he blew his top about that Air Force One flyover on Day 98.
To see the rest of the 100-day clichés, click the link below.