First 100 Days Better Than Great

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 10:30 AM CDT
President Barack Obama leaves the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, for a trip to St. Louis, Mo. to hold a town hall meeting.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s first 100 days have been momentous, to say the least. Here’s what his fans are saying:

  • Obama is intent on remaking American culture, ending not just the post-Reagan era but the entire “quick-fix, sugar-rush, attention-deficit society of the postmodern age,” writes Joe Klein of Time. “Whether you agree with him or not, his is as serious and challenging a presidency as we have had in quite some time.”

  • Obama might actually have been more productive than FDR, writes historian Alan Brinkley for the New Republic. He’s made fewer bad moves, and “Roosevelt's efforts to stimulate economic growth…were trivial compared to the enormity of Obama's stimulus package.”
  • Although Obama’s off to an impressive start, “almost every element in his agenda carries the very real possibility of failure,” warns Gary Younge in the Guardian,  and “the vultures are gathering.”