Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama's First 100 Days

Today marks Obama's 100th day as President of the United States. It has become customary to review what the president has done at this marker. The tradition became embedded in our culture with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first 100 days, but can be traced back to Napoleon Bonaparte's escape from exile to his defeat at Waterloo (even though that took 111 days) (

My assessment of Obama's first 100 days is akin to a craps player having just thrown the dice. Let me explain. Obama has taken huge steps on both the foreign and domestic front. He has spent record amounts of money much of which has to be borrowed creating record deficits. Obama has gone on what seems to many to be an 'apology tour' seemingly kowtowing to our enemies while stiffing our friends. Of course I am being over broad and generalizing. The point is that this is all a craps shoot. There is a large potential upside, but there is also a significant amount of risk. It will take much longer to know just how this is all going to work out. My belief is that it is more likely we will see a downside then the upside, but the truth is that no one knows for sure. I do not see much of potential for a middle ground. We should all hope for the best outcome, but hoping will not make it come true. One hundred days is not enough time to make any final conclusions on outcomes.

Here is a nice run down of some of the foreign policy incidents ->

The NRSC has put together an amazing video for Obama's first 100 days. As you would imagine, it is not very favorable.

Video embedded below.

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