April 21st, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to head to Missouri to mark 100 days

Obama will return to St. Louis later this month.
Obama will return to St. Louis later this month.

(CNN) –The president is set to mark his first 100 days in office with a trip to the the bellwether state of Missouri.

While White House officials always try to downplay the importance of such things as an administration's first 100 days, President Obama will be travelling to the perennial swing state on the 100th day - next Wednesday, April 29th.

Missouri, always considered a bellwether, went for his election opponent John McCain by a narrow margin.

Obama will be holding a town hall in suburban St. Louis "where he will give a progress report on the administration and take questions from Missourians about the administration's agenda, looking forward," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Tuesday.

In his daily briefing Tuesday, Gibbs joked it was no accident the president would be on the road that day hoping to put his own imprint on press coverage of an administration's first 100
days in office.

The 100 day mark for a new president always receives major press coverage.

"Yes, go figure that we might wan to leave town on April the 29," Gibbs said.

An estimated 100,000 people appeared at a rally for candidate Barack Obama in St. Louis two weeks before the election.


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  1. mark

    I'm from this very area and the Obama bumper stickers couldnt have come off fast enough!!

    St Charles MO

    April 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Steph

    Thank you, President Obama, for all you have done in such a short period of time. You are an inspiration, and I am so proud that you are OUR President! God Bless You!

    April 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Jimmy Boy

    Obama should avoid Missouri because they are the "show me" state. They may want him to answer to some campaign promisses.

    April 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Biased

    Does the man realize he is not campaigning anymore and he already has the job? When does he plan on spending some time in the White House doing something? Seems he wanted the place so badly now he is never there... slam away dems...I spoke ill of the chosen one

    April 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Debby

    How fitting the Show Me State. I wonder if Obama can live up to it.

    April 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Bob in Pa

    How about you mark your 100th day by staying put (not spending any more tax dollars for travel and security), rolling up your sleves and acomplishing something.

    April 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Missouri didn't go to him in '08 and it won't in 2012. Nevertheless this guy is always in campaign mode.

    April 21, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. FromSTL

    Where will this be so I can show up and protest the liar.

    change we can believe in:)

    April 21, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. dave

    Jeez. Does Obama ever stop campaigning? Guess not.

    April 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. munchmom

    Getting ready to toot his own horn and tell us what we already know–he ain't done nuthin! Stay home and manage the country like you say you so ably can!

    April 21, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Ann

    Sure, Americans need one more show. No bread but circus. Is he taking the train?

    April 21, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Lotta Muni

    100 days and Obama has, among other things:
    -exceeded his predecessor in government spending, all the while passing the blame to that same predecessor
    -called for transparency while nominating cabinet members who didn't pay their taxes (I've lost count how many)
    -shaken hands with Chavez while giving the queen of england and ipod nano and the english prime ministers a collection of DVDs he coudln't play
    Nice job Barry-NOT!!!

    April 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Mark

    Will they be bringing the styrofoam Greek columns on this trip?

    April 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Tenisci

    A lot of exciting things have happened in these first 100 days! I think this new political environment provides a great opportunity to address crucial issues that have been forgotten. The U.S. should be doing way more to address the Millennium Development Goals. The plan to end world hunger has been getting seriously ignored.

    $30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

    $550 billion: U.S. Defense budget.

    (source: borgenproject.org.)

    April 21, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. jp,michigan

    The ever campaigning politician is back on the road (President Obama)! Presenting the same dog and pony show ,he has given the American people for over 2 years!

    April 21, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Jerry

    Obama should stay home and stop wasting fuel, travel, SS expenses, and stop eating $170 steaks!!!

    April 21, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Get Well Soon GOP

    Good move Obama, while you are out there be sure to tell them that their vote must not have meant much because you won without them.

    April 21, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. jAY

    The hardest working man in washington
    i'm behind you all the way Mr. President

    April 21, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. lhaj

    Thank you Mr. Prez for what you have done for this country in the last 100 days.
    May God continue to guide you and your administration, and bless the USA.
    As for the republicans, keep up the dirty work and you will surely get the pay come election day.

    April 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Chi Town

    Who is he going to say he's sorry to in St Louis... that's in America?

    April 21, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. colleen

    Dr Mr President,

    The traveling is out of hand. How much more tax money will you spend on traveling to town halls? You won now get to work. This is just a waste of our money to work on your re-election bid.

    You need to get to work on our economy and finishing getting your treasury dept some staff. Instead so much time hob nobbing with countries that hate us and mistreat their own people. Bowing to kings of other nations and trying to maintain your Mr Popularity status.

    Let's stop with the talk and get to work on a sustainable budget and turning around this country. As your employer please get to work and we need some better prioritization.

    A citizen of the United States of America, your employer.

    April 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Scott the Independent

    I have never known or read about a President that has accomplished so much in 100 days. Usually the only two things that are done at this time are the budget and a setting of the tone for the next four years. There has actually been real progress made.

    This week my grandmother who lives on SS received notice that she will get a one time payment of additional benefits – I thank the Obama administration for this help and assistance and she wants a new coat and shoes. Thank you Mr. President.

    April 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Jon in CA

    Let's see.... Stimulus tour, Euro-tour, Canada, Mexico, Latin-America summit....

    Obama makes President Bush (#41) look like a hermit. But don't count on the media to publich the FACT – Obama has spent more days *OUT* of the White House than *IN* the White House.

    In 100 days Obama has pushed a budget that will create a deficit 3x more than Bush did in 8 years!

    In 100 days more Government take-overs have taken place than over 200 years as a nation!

    In 100 days Obama has apologized and bowed to more enemies than Jimmy Carter has ever in his life-time!

    April 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Ancient River

    I still can't beleive we have emerged from the darkness of the last 30 years into the light of the Obama presidency. It is as if some collective will created him. Finally, a president who thinks as we think. Who beleives in civility AND strength. In thoughtfulness AND action. In helping our neighbor, but demanding we all be responsible. Not perfect, but he perfectly captures the needs and wants of our time.

    April 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. nwg6011

    Barack Obama had accomplished more in his first 100 hours than Bush did in his first 100 days. Give that man a raise!

    April 21, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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