April 30th, 2009
01:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Analysis: What's ahead for Obama in the next 100 days

President Obama faces daunting foreign and domestic policy challenges in the next 100 days.
President Obama faces daunting foreign and domestic policy challenges in the next 100 days.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After passing the 100 days benchmark, President Obama pushes on with a daunting task ahead of him: Tackling foreign and domestic issues while dealing with a Republican Party opposed to nearly all his major economic initiatives.

President Obama faces daunting foreign and domestic policy challenges in the next 100 days.

The second 100 days will be a critical test of Obama's power in getting key legislative priorities - such as economic recovery, health care, energy and immigration - passed.

With recent polls showing the American public giving him a job approval rating in the mid-60s, he already starts off on the right footing.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll out Monday suggests that Obama is personally more popular than his policies. The poll showed that three in four Americans feel Obama has the personal qualities a president should have. But when the respondents were asked if they agree with the president on the issues, that number drops to 57 percent.

For Republicans, the support is more than lackluster: Only 28 percent say Obama is doing a good job.

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  1. nwg6011

    Barack Obama was not president for 100 days. He was president for about 150 days. Remember, he started early!

    April 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    If it is a repeat of the last 100 days, we are doomed. The US cannot withstand concentrated facist policies for a sustained period.

    April 30, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Jay T.

    As the ex-representative from North Carolina said, "Gettin' 'er did."

    April 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. DT

    Why are they posting Republican numbers? Nobody cares what they think...Obama is doing fine.

    April 30, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. walleye

    Iraq war, Afghan War, Economy, GM, AIG, Chrysler, Health Care, Global Warming, Pirates and now the Swine Flu.

    Unbelievable. I give Obama credit. He has taken on more in 4 months than the previous administration had done in 8 years. If half of these problems are solved it would be a monumental accomplishment. I have all the faith in this man. Maybe the RepubliKlans were right naming him the Messiah.

    April 30, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. California

    Yeah, what' s next the third-100 days; fourth-100 days....

    Geesh! give it a break... move right along

    April 30, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. marlene

    I think the first thing he must do is to try to manage the expectations of the media. CNN, as well as, other media outlets, spend to much on polls, the poll of polls, etc. CNBC and Bloomberg are no better. What other national leader is tested so frequently? That's what elections are for, so please don't turn an already 2 year election process into a four year process. Let him govern, and give him a chance. More grades for the first 200 days, give me a break. Marlene in Mich

    April 30, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Proud DHS radical

    Who cares! I'm waiting for the next 1,360 days when we might finally get an competent administration.

    April 30, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Jim

    A slightly less rigorous over-analysis of every tiny minutiae he does compared to his first 100 days.

    April 30, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Dave NYC

    the next 100 days is as small as the first 100 days.

    the big changes people elected President Obama for will take several years to enact.

    we have a long fight ahead of us people, but finally we have a president who will work 100% of his term to bring more change than any president before.

    April 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. BJNJ

    "personally more popular than his policies" BINGO. We have a rock star, a celebrity, a snake oil salesman. This guy is all show no go. At sometime it will be Obama's economy, Obama's war, Obama'd car company, Obama's insurance company, Obama's bank, Obama's Dow Jones average. If America gets hit by terrorist, Cheney will say... TOLD YA. If a Gitmo detainey kills and American..."TOLD YA".
    Our rock star will have to take ownership at sometime and quit blaming the other guy! Hey...I didn't vote based on personalities. We got a failure waiting to happen.

    BJNJ

    April 30, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. neil

    How about saving jobs, houses, healthcare and pensions. Round 2

    April 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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