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Barack Obama: a 100-day report card

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Today’s the day.

It has been 100 days since President Barack Obama took office.

So how is he doing?

According to a recent Gallup poll, the US President has a 65-percent approval rating, the highest 100-day approval since President Reagan.

Not to mention that the new Associated Press GfK poll shows that 48-percent of Americans believe the United States is moving in the right direction. Granted 48-percent doesn’t sound that all that much, right? It is less than half of the country’s population.

But considering what those numbers were in 2004 — it is a big deal.

A very big deal.

So big a deal in fact, take a look at what the Huffington Post described at what would have been a recap of John McCain’s first 100 days had he won.

As amusing as it is, mulling over the-would-have-been of Sarah Palin’s fight with the tabloids over “Bristol Palin’s engagement to Levi Johnston [making] OctoMomseem publicity-shy,” or “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [branding McCain as] ‘President McCheap'” over a his original economic stimulus package proposal of $420 billion, it all strikes eerily too close to home.

But the McCain-Palin ticket did not win the election, the Obama-Biden did.

So just how well are they doing?

According to the BBC, he is doing rather well:

  • cutting torture off at its knees
  • closing Gitmo
  • working with Russia to seek a new arms control treaty in order to work towards his goal of a nuclear weapon free world
  • initiating to have our US troops out of Iraq by the end of May 2010
  • etc.

But President Obama is not perfect. The charisma, glamour and swaggeraside, there has been a whirlwind of policy making, legislation brewing and Obama’s team has been shoved into crisis management mode so often that one begins to wonder if David Plouffe should start confidence-rebuilding workshops. There has been, however, one issue that just hasn’t reared it’s head…just yet. Race. The Obama camp has been relatively quiet about it. Keeping his to his word that

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.

Yesterday, was the birthday of Saddam Hussein and that era of the history of the United States seems to be flying out the door as swiftly as it entered.

By informally greeting Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, President Obama accidentally created a best-seller out of a book that has been on the shelves for over 30-years.

That says quite a bit about just how much we the people stalk his every step.

I cannot recall the sales of Ford trucks of Bud beers increasing in sales during the last presidency.

While at the Summit, Obama also asked for the re-entry of Cuba as a CARICOM nation begging the question, “would these events signify a change in the engagement of the US with the Cuban government and other entities in South America?”

Let me be clear, I’m not interested in talking just for the sake of talking. But I do believe that we can move U.S.-Cuban relations in a new direction.

Well, it is quite possible, considering that Cuban-Americans are now able to visit their loved ones on the island nation.

The winds of change are blowing and I feel the urge to listen to Bob Dylan.

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It may be Day 100, but there is no rest for he who is cleaning up the work of the wicked.

Swine Flu, more stress tests analysis, the Chrysler deadline this week, GM possibly filing Chapter 11 and more health care debates are swimming up the Beltway like hungry great white sharks gleeful over the smell of blood.

A friend of mine told me,

“It was once said that a black man would be president “when pigs fly” indeed 100 days into Obama’s presidency, Swine flu.”

What will be, will be. C’est la vie.

Sasha H. Muradali is the owner of SashaHalimaPR and the Little Pink Book.

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