Thursday, April 30, 2009

100 Days ... Now What?

President Obama held a news conference last night, essentially to commemorate the first 100 days of his administration. This was seem by presumably everyone in America who was not watching Fox, which declined to provide prime-time access for this event. Seems rather churlish to me - after all, where would sister network Fox News be if it weren't for the fodder provided by the President and his triumphs, foibles, failings, pet musings, and all the rest that passes for news these days.

Granted, 100 days is a rather meaningless, arbitrary benchmark, but it does at least provide an occasion for some level of reflection - as NYC Mayor Ed Koch used to say, "How'm I doin'?"

So, how do you think he's doin'? And what do you make of the fact that he is more popular than his policies? Does that mean that his personal qualities will help eventually sell his less-popular policies or do you think that his personal charm will wear off and the cold harsh reality of his policies and the public discomfort with them will prevail?