Wednesday, April 22, 2009

100 ways Obama has changed America as he nears 100 days as President

This is an interesting article in The Independent listing the 100 ways Barack Obama has changed America: Obama: 100 days, 100 ways From closing down Guantanamo to planting vegetables on the South Lawn. David Usborne takes stock as President nears his 100th day It's fascinating to realize how many changes President Obama has already made in such a short time. I also didn't know about everything on the list. For instance, I didn't know these tidbits: It's a sort of weekly letter from the White House and few Americans pay attention. But at least now, anyone who's interested can watch as well as listen to the Saturday radio address* by the President. Since BO came in, it's been on YouTube, too. The Obama White House has been opened to regular visits by Washington-area schoolchildren to give them a first-hand view of government in action. Talk of building a fence along the US-Mexican border has fizzled – it was never practical anyway. Instead the US now has a border Tsar. He is Alan Bershin and his job will be to reduce violence near the border and stop smuggling – of bodies northwards and guns southwards. Not a salad dressing, Cinco de Mayo is the national holiday for Mexicans that is coming up fast. Never one to miss a chance to reach out to another community – a massive one in the US – this White House is planning a big 5 May bash in the garden. Hit the piƱata, not the President. On the campaign trail he sometimes forgot where he was. As Prez, he did it again during his first foreign trip – to Canada. "It's a pleasure to be here in Iowa... er... Ottawa." Oops. *PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S WEEKLY VIDEO ADDRESS What are your thoughts about President Obama as he nears his 100th day in the White House?

6 comments:

  1. I read this with interest! Considering the state of the economy, both there and world-wide, I think he's done well.
    I certainly feel a lot happier with him as President than I did with his predecessor! xx

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  2. I think that President Obama has already made a world of difference in his (almost) 100 days. He has certainly changed the attitude of the rest of the world towards the States, even from some nations that are far from friendly. He has worked hard on the economic crisis, the results of which we still have to wait for, but I believe we will all have many reasons to thank him for in the coming months and years. And anyone who brings Michelle Obama into the Whitehouse as First Lady can't be all bad!

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  3. I think that President Obama has done a fine job so far. He has come into office during such a difficult time, but he seems to be able to keep calm under pressure. When you read this list of 100 things you have thoughts like, "oh yeah I forgot about that" and then you hear about some things that you missed. No person or president will ever be perfect, but I'm glad that he's our president during this time in history. And I love the First Lady :)

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  4. I agree, Flighty - considering the economic crisis worldwide, he's done well. And I feel a lot happier with him as President than I did with his predecessor too.

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  5. Brit Boy, I'm glad you pointed out that President Obama has already made a world of difference such as how he's changed the attitude of the rest of the world towards the United States. This is particularly noticeable for me as an American expat because I think the attitude towards Americans has changed - for the better, since Obama became President.

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  6. Dori, I had the same reaction as you when I read the list, thinking 'oh yeah I forgot about that' and then reading something that I had missed hearing about - such as the ones I mentioned in my post. And I totally agree that no president will ever be perfect, but I'm glad that he's our president during this time in history. And I think Michelle Obama is a wonderful First Lady too!

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