There were so many "100 Days" pieces that I couldn't finish reading them all yesterday. While I was generally positive about Obama's first 100 hours in office, his first 100 days have been more of a mixed bag. For example, the Center for Constitutional Rights sees Obama's first 100 days as "Small Glimmers of Hope, but Little Real Change," and Wired gives Obama "High Marks for Science, Low for Privacy."
PolitiFact's Obameter is tracking Obama's progress on fulfilling his campaign promises, which looks like this:
Project for Excellence in Journalism's "Obama's First 100 Days" observes that "President Obama at this point in his presidency is more popular than were either Bush or Clinton" and notes that "press coverage tend[s] to follow favorability ratings." FactCheck's Brooks Jackson looks at "100 Days of Spin" from both Obama and the Right. MediaMatters discusses "100 Days of Myths and Falsehoods" about Obama's first 100 days, and also looks at "numerous patterns of conservative misinformation."
John Hawkins at ClownHall lists "20 Great Moments from Obama's First 100 Days," the hyperbolic hyperventilation of which is derided as "douchebaggery" by Bay of Fundie (just for the record, I think that's unfair to feminine hygiene products). Steve Benen analyzes the Right's list of 100 Obama "mistakes" from the New York Post, and comes to this conclusion:
In some instances, the New York Post just makes stuff up, relying on rumors and bogus conservative myths. There were "reports" the Vatican disapproved of the administration's proposed ambassadors -- the reports were wrong -- so that's an Obama "mistake." The Post falsely said Obama's inauguration cost "triple" Bush's, and that's Obama's "mistake," too.
Ironically, the Post ends up making the opposite of the intended point. If Obama's brief tenure in the Oval office has been "error-prone," shouldn't the conservative paper and its conservative contributors come up with actual mistakes, instead of a bunch of made-up stuff?
Don't get me wrong, Obama has made real errors, some more serious than others. In some key civil liberties areas, the administration has been misguided. In reaching out to congressional Republicans on the economic recovery package, the president made some tactical mistakes that led to a weaker bill. Nominating Judd Gregg for the cabinet was a genuine mistake. And whatever genius thought it was a good idea to give British Prime Minister Gordon Brown some DVDs -- discs that don't even work in England -- was clearly not thinking.
But the fact that the very silly New York Post couldn't come up with a real list with credible errors actually makes me feel better about Obama's first few months, not worse.
Good Magazine has an interesting (and large!) infographic that aligns Obama's first 100 days with presidents back to FDR. No "100 days" retrospective would be complete without this image from "GOP's First 100 Days:"