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Significance of Obama’s first 100 days in office recognized by most Elon students

May 1, 2009

Jessica L. Dexheimer

May 1

Wednesday marked President Barack Obama’s 100th day as the 44th president of the United States.  The 100-day milestone was marked by a press conference and surrounding media frenzy, with someone from every end of the political spectrum weighing in on the President’s strengths and shortcomings.

Most students on Elon University’s campus were aware of the presidential benchmark, though many had differing ideas on the importance of the day.

Junior Cory Bent said he hadn’t paid much attention to the media coverage of Obama’s 100th day.

“I don’t really see the importance of it, it just seems like an arbitrary number,” Bent said. “Like, why does it matter? He’s already been elected, there’s nothing that we can do now.”

Sharon Spray, associate professor of political and environmental science, explained the significance of the day.

“The first 100 days are regarded as significant because it is a good yardstick for the public to see which campaign promises the president has or has not fulfilled, and then to hold him accountable to those for the rest of the term,” she said. “However, there are also other interesting things to take note of, such as how he has fared in public opinion polls, what people he has put in cabinet, how the parties have realigned themselves, and so on.” 

On Obama’s 100th day, Gallup put his public approval rating at 65 percent, which was lower than his Inauguration Day ratings of 83 percent, but still higher than George W. Bush’s 60 percent approval rate after his first 100 days in office. 

Senior Katie Meyer recognized the importance of the event from a historical perspective.

“I can’t believe it has been 100 days already,” she said. “I think that regardless of whether you voted for him or not, it’s just amazing to be part of history and just to witness the 100 day mark for something a lot of people thought would never happen.”

Sophomore Kelly Molin agreed.

“I do think that his first 100 days is significant, and maybe more so significant than ever because he is obviously a lot different than our last presidents,” she said. “So far, there have been things [Obama] has done that I agree and disagree with, so we’ll just have to wait and see how the next 100 days go.”