You gotta carry that weight
It appears a lot of weight is placed on the newly elected President, and the greatest stress test is billed as the "First 100 Days." President Obama started getting excoriated by the rank and file GOP within Day 30, and certainly by Day 50. Rush Limbaugh wanted him to "fail" before Day 60.
By April 20, he's closing in on his 100-day report card, and by all Republican accounts, he will get a failing grade across the board. I think they'll even give him a "F" in gym.
It seems to me a more fair approach to critiquing a new President is a time frame of one year. Especially if he or she follows a "two-termer," as Obama has. The momentum of the actions the prior administration has accomplished or ruined, will overtake the new administration for a lot longer span than 100 days.
It took GW Bush almost his entire first term to destroy Bill Clinton's budget surplus. And halfway thru his second term to ruin America's reputation around the world with needless invasions and wars, the sanctioning of torture, unwarranted wiretaps and infringing on American rights.
To be fair, give Obama more time to flex his political skills and show America the true leader they overwhelmingly voted for.
Paul D'Argent, 37209
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