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No-Shock Barack Aces Day 100 Presser

From swine flu to torture, Obama stayed focused and calm

(Newser) - Barack Obama's 100th-day press conference last night was a "schizophrenic affair," writes Mike Madden in Salon, with the president fielding questions on everything from swine flu to torture to the intricacies of running a profitable car company. On every issue, Obama stuck to the "loose, easy... More »

Obama: I'm 'Proud,' But 'Not Content'

(Newser) - President Obama this evening joined in on the 100-day assessment of his presidency, saying that he's "proud" of his progress so far but "not content," Politico reports. In remarks before his primetime news conference, Obama also trotted out a new phrase—calling for a "New Foundation"... More »

Obama Takes Swipe at 'Folks Waving Tea Bags'

(Newser) - President Obama directed his most direct criticism yet at anti-tax “tea partiers” today at a town hall event marking his first 100 days in office, Politico reports. Though studiously vague, Obama conceded that people watching “certain news channels on which I'm not very popular” might “see folks... More »

Businesses Give Obama High Marks

Reservations linger; cap-and-trade, labor, taxes cause concerns

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s seemingly tireless efforts to revive the economy have gone over well with business leaders, and the stimulus in particular has been a big hit, BusinessWeek reports. “We’re happy with the general outlines of what he’s done,” says John Castellani, president of the Business... More »

100 Days of Work, Play in Photos

(Newser) - President Obama’s first 100 days have been extensively photographed by the likes of White House photographer Pete Souza, the New York Post reports. Souza tries to be “discreet,” but it might not be necessary: “You know, he’s kind of oblivious to my presence.” For... More »

Obama, Biden Earn A-Minuses

Pundits offer wide-ranging report card

(Newser) - On President Obama’s 100th day in office, Mark Halperin of Time provides a White House report card:
  • Barack Obama: A-. “Instantly comfortable and highly skilled at the hardest job in the world.”
  • Joe Biden: A-: Operates "precisely in the manner he and Obama discussed
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After 100 Days, Obama Remains Elusive

Depending who you ask, Obama is 'elusive,' 'arrogant,' or 'preening'

(Newser) - Whoever the man in the Oval Office really is, he's not a traditional liberal, writes Gerald Seib in the Wall Street Journal. Rather than aiming to bolster government programs, President  Obama "seems to see government as the way to prompt the changes he wants in the economy or society.... More »

First 100 Days Better Than Great

(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
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Next 100 Days Promise Real Test

(Newser) - President Obama’s efforts to reach out domestically and internationally in his administration’s infancy “have paid off remarkably,” Howard Fineman writes in Newsweek, but there are tough times ahead. “To make good on the promise of days 1-100,” Fineman writes, “Obama will have to... More »

100 Days: Biggest Promises Kept, Broken

The economy has changed the stakes since the campaign began

(Newser) - One way to judge President Obama's first 100 days in office is to look at his rhetoric on the campaign trail. Taking into account the fallout from the economic crisis, PolitFact came up with the most crucial promises Obama has kept and broken. His vow to beef up alternative-energy investment... More »

It's Day 100: Roll Out the Clichés

Buckley outlines the platitudes of the Obama era

(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
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US Wild About Obama's 100 Days

President enjoying 'Reagan-like' levels of popularity as early milestone is reached

(Newser) - Today marks President Obama's hundredth day in the job and he's more popular than his two immediate predecessors were at this point, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Over half of those polled said Obama is off to a good—or great—start, 61% approve of the job he... More »

After 100 Days, Does Obama Beat Bush?

A look at approval ratings, community-by-community

(Newser) - After 100 days, President Obama is more divisive, more popular with moderates, and bigger with his base than George W. Bush was at this point—depending on where you look, the Christian Science Monitor finds in a look at 11 community types. Overall, Obama’s 63% Pew approval rating beats... More »

Obama Approval at 69%; US Split Over Memos

Strong partisan divide over their release, probe talk

(Newser) - As he nears the 100-day mark, President Obama’s approval ratings remain high at 69%, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds—but the recent release of torture memos has sparked a major partisan split. Just over half of those polled back the release; three-quarters of Dems support it, while about... More »

First 100 Days: Team Obama Looks Back

(Newser) - With decisions that some presidents don’t make in 4 years packed into his first 100 days, what President Obama’s advisers deride as a “Hallmark holiday” presents a legitimate occasion for a report card, and for a Politico team to catch up with White House insiders. “I... More »

White House's Preferred First-100-Days Story Lines

Look out for these White House plugs next Wednesday

(Newser) - President Obama's savvy advisers may scoff at his 100th day as a "Hallmark holiday," but they're happy to tell reporters how to cover it. Politico lists what the White House is spinning:
  • Obama's not overambitious, just a promise-keeper—right down to that new pup.
  • His broader vision is
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Obama's First 100: Channel FDR, Avoid Clinton Foibles

Democrats hoping for 'new New Deal,' but financial crisis will be drag on any efforts

(Newser) - Up big in the polls with Election Day fast approaching, “a lot of people around Barack are reading books about FDR’s first 100 days,” one Obama insider tells New York. Aides have gone beyond simply planning his White House transition; they’ve drafted a book-length administration blueprint,... More »

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