April 29th, 2009
10:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Grade Barack Obama's first 100 days

Grade Barack Obama's first 100 days.
Grade Barack Obama's first 100 days.

How has the president handled his first 100 days in office?

Rate his performance here, and tell us why in the comments.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. andy

    He is Anti-American. He and cow tows to anti americans. He is a socialist.
    I think he is awful.

    April 29, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. xargaw

    I have not agreed with every decision Obama has made, but considering he has been presented with more crisis than perhaps any President in seventy five years, he has done a good job. He has approached the office with intellect, analysis, outreach and stamina. He considers science, middle class needs and looks for long term solutions instead of political ones. I think he deserves and B+ to A-. I also understand that he listens to his advisors. That's a change over the last eight years.

    April 29, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    First of all, the man, the President is a man of high moral values and he has proved this over again in his reluctancy of processing the people involved in approving Waterboarding, in the way he is trying to let other countries see the US as an ally and not as an enemy by attending the Summit, by traveling to Afganistan,criticized by "bowing" to their leader instead of being praised of having a President with being so secure of who he is and who he represents that he does this out of respect,that act does not take away from the person but rather enhances him(her),by being careful in what he says to the press so as not to get misunderstood and then having the press blowout things out of proportion this is a someone who thinks things through and should be praised not put down, by being transparent and trying to restore this to the people in this country, he is trying to honor what he spoke of in his campaign, granted he is not perfect but who is...give him a break, let him do his job as President I am sure as there is a tomorrow that he will do what is best for this country, he is a man of integrity, honesty, and high moral standards, he is called an idealist rather than a Pragmatist well I'd rather have someone who is an idealist who can change the way people behave in this country and how others see us than a Pragmatist that does nothing....all in all in my opinion he is the best President the US has had...

    April 29, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. jane

    I think the people voting tonight were a good representation of Americans. However, if you were polling the viewers of Fox News you might get a different answer. Either case, President Obama has given the citizens of our country much inspiration and hope, and this is what we wanted when we elected him President. We are through with "old world, old school" attitudes as well as governing i.e., Carl Rove, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich to name a few. Its good to have an intelligent and broadminded leader. President Obama is someone all the world can respect. He is in every sense of the word a man of peace and compassion. God Bless Him as he leads our country.

    April 29, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. Krishan Favors

    One of President Obama's campaign promises was "RETIRED SENIORS EARNINGB $50,000 OR LESS PER YEAR WOULD NOT PAY FEDERAL TAXES". Do you have any information on that promise?
    I still give him an A+.

    Thank you,
    Kris

    April 29, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Dr. McCullough

    President Obama has done a great job! Unfortunately, he stepped into
    an awful mess. I give him an A.

    April 29, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Sonja

    Obama laughed and made joke about the tea party but his audiance behind him wasnt laughing. Was he so full of himself that he did not catch on? Did he think he can charm the public out of even their dignaty? He just put fire on the tea party group. Town Hall meeting in Missouri tonight. $100,00 and adding up. Would like to see less of him and his spending habits and more of his TRIM talk being exercised.

    April 29, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. sharon

    It makes me sick that this first African American President has done so poorly! This administration is depressing! His economic policies may have slowed the recession but the recession hasn't bottomed out yet. That's no accomplishment! Unemployment where I live is over 10% and getting worse. My home is worth less than I paid for it in 1992. That Press conference was boring! I finally fell asleep. I realized there's no hope for this country. The economic disaster is going to become a catastrophe!

    April 29, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. LouiseR

    Overall I think the President has done a remarkable job with all the issues he has had to face when he took office..He has put together a good cabinet to help him solve problems that has pledged the economy for years under the republican administration..Yes he has called for billions of dollars to help get this economy going again, but the old saying goes,,it takes money to make money...So many of us have lost so much in our IRA accounts that we worked so hard to put away for retirement..I am retired and I just hope and pray the market comes back so that I can have funds to take me into my older age..If not then the government will have to tke care of me and that is not the answer nobody wants to hear..
    Lets give this President a chance to prove himself..He is a smart man with great charisma. He has a wonderful family to back him up and give him support..I support him fully..Thank You

    April 29, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. William

    A Great American Leader and Reformer.

    April 29, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. doris granger

    the president is doing 100% good excellent

    April 29, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Thomas

    These results are only those who took part, but the GOP is doing a very good job of scaring the party. I just wish people would understand with a hole the cow pie from Texas got us into. It will not be roses and cream for a long time. I am hearing that our President is a socialist or worse from the GOP. They say this because of the banks, and the Auto Companys. If the GOP would reflect back to the cow pie days they might see that they have some responsibilites.

    April 29, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. Joh

    I would grade Obama's performance during his 1st 100 days as follows:

    F for National security, because all he has been doing is to undermine national security.
    F for his "I am sorry" and "I apologize on behalf of American people" foreign policy to every one who does not like America, including America's enemies.
    F for supporting abortion without a reason.
    F for managing our country's. long term economic future, because he promotes and carries socialist policies, which have been de-credited and proven failure in all comminist countries around the world.
    F for being dishonest, because he said that all his problems are Bush's faults.
    F for being a bad example to our young generation for taking "something" in the white house, supplied by his Chief of Staff?
    F for chasing his dog in the White House rather than chasing terrorists.
    F for scaring NEW YORKERS rather than terrorists.

    However, he got an A+ in using his telepomter whenever and wherever he can.

    April 29, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. USA#1Always

    Lets just expose America to our enemies so that they know what we we can and what to expect when they attack us..... because of politics !!!!Another Jimmy Carter only more swave and a tallent to manipulate those that are blind and can not see the reality of our future and the future of all our children....A true Typical politiian....F

    May God Bless and protect America!

    April 29, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    The best President the US has ever had, humble man with great human values, we should all be rooting for him and allow his administration to do his job, there will be mistakes but that is part of the "growing up" if u don't make mistakes u never learn from them and therefor u don't learn anything as a human being...the US will benefit greatly with him, my prayers for him and his family, he is very confident and secure, smart, humble and that is a great combination, arrogance does not get u anywhere, haven't we learned?

    April 29, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. Sonja

    You may not pay federal taxes, but baby you will be paying x-tra for everything else, energy, and everything else. Sorry about the $100,000 for him to go to Missouri town hall meeting but it was over $300,000. Ah, the boy with his toy......wait a minute, this is our toy... it belongs to the ....dare I say American, or should I be politically correct as the Pres is and say citizen.

    April 29, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. Tom

    Obama's policies are driving the country to bankruptcy. He sounds great but is destroying a once great nation. It is painful to watch.

    April 29, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. J.B.

    This President has been more active then both of the Bushes in his First 100 Days! He has shown more leadership . When he took Office He Took Action !

    April 29, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. ickym

    President Obama is certainly likeable. However, we all knew that his political agenda was far left wing liberal. So, based on the fact that he has total control over the democrat infested congress, we are well on our way to a facist and socialist government. For those of you who are too young to know what that means – be prepared. Our government will now have the power to start and stop businesses, fire anyonyone they want to, tax us all and give to those not willing to work (I don't have a problem helping those who truely can't work), and America will no longer be a force in helping those in other countries who experience mass killings (remember Obama voted against sending any troops into Iraq even though Saddam was known for his Genocide actions), and God help us when it comes to moral values as he supports gay marriages, abortions (try 1.5 million per year in USA), legalized drugs (which he used frequently at one time), etc. President Obama must be rated F- until he cleans up his political acts. But as noted earlier, he is likeable!

    April 29, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. B. Churchill

    To my mind, O is the best president in my lifetime – and I can remember back all the way to Ike. Among his many fine qualities is that he is an acute observer, a student of history in general and the presidency in particular. He has consciously picked up the most admired and effective qualities of his predecessors, and red-flagged those which limited their effectiveness. He will not squander his gifts like Clinton, slavishly follow insupportable ideology like Bush, or succumb to paranoia like Nixon. He will instead embrace science and the future like Kennedy, wrestle with fundamental societal inequities like Johnson, and speak from the heart in the unaffected manner of Reagan. I wish him only the best – if a leader with his gifts can't get us to pull together, we are lost...

    April 29, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Norman G. Kirkendall

    President Obama inherited more problems than anyone in the past, including the great depression in which I was born. The President has handled all of these problems simultaneously while looking to be at ease and still being able to smile. He has the economy, two wars plus other problem countries not to speak of medical issues, taxes and many other things I do not have space to write about. He is doing a tremendous job placing the U.S. reputation around the world back to normal. President Obama has accomplished this despite the many racist, talk show hosts, republicans who do not want to get on the band wagon and some of the media including newspapers and Fox Network. I am a caucasion who believes President Obama is the most intelligent President who has served during my life time(77 years) and it is fact that he has done more in such a small amount of time than any President in our history. He is great and all of us should be happy he is serving our country in such a crucial time in history. He certainly deserves an "A" on his report card.

    April 29, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. Paul P. ATL,GA

    President Obama is doing a great job of improving Ameria's image in the world and from a position of strength. His attention to the many domestic problems of the economy, jobs, education, health care deserves an A- . His suitability and ability to lead this country forward to better days and his tone of caring for common people is noteworthy. He is definitely the right president for these times.

    April 29, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. Tipsy Cape Coral

    CNN got caught up in the "gimmick" of the National report card for ratings. No way is this an accurate portrayal of how Americans view President Obama. The republican pundits went out of their way to find fault in all that he has said and done. Keep your party affiliations out of the media. Both Pres. Obama and VP Biden both received a B .. are you kiddng? Give up the gimmicks CNN and start calling it the way it really is!!! Stephen Hayes was a joke with a "D" .. he may have been confused on the question .. maybe he thought it was the Republican House!

    April 29, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Jean

    If you want a socialist he's great. Let's see we own auto industry,banks, and geez can't wait to have health care controlled by the same idiots who ruined public education,social security,medi-care. And why do we have the EPA? Hmm they do a great job. All we hear from the libs is what he inherited from Bush. Bush inherited a dysfunctional CIA and FBI thanks to Clinton. Precisely why the dots weren't connected. Bush had that mess to deal with. He did what he thought was right in protecting America. This guy will suck the taxpayer's dry but unfortunately we have two generations that think Uncle Sam owes them a home,education, car and who the heck will pay for it. Wake up America!

    April 29, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Mary

    Obama and the democratic congress are throwing our country down the tubes and no one seems to care. They are all a JOKE!! I hope states to secede from the Union...we should!!

    April 29, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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