April 30th, 2009
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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. fearful for my country

    Hopefully impeachment or something....Just get him out.

    April 30, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Oh, just great...are we gonna have another celebration and kumbaya press conference with softball questions at the 200-day mark?????

    April 30, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Jon in CA

    Obama will culminate his socialist agenda with:

    – Full amnesty for illegal aliens
    – Universal Healthcare (includes all newly amnestified citizens)
    – Expiration of Bush tax cuts ... raising taxes on ALL (who actually pay taxes that is)
    – Continue nationalization (bail-out + govt takeover) of auto makers, banks, etc.
    – More apologizing, bowing, and hugging to those who hate America

    April 30, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. just another "arrogant" American

    The fact that the popularity of his policies are far lower than his personal appeal says that many Americans do not agree with the far-left direction we're being led, they just like his style and appearance, much like a movie star or rock star. Once the honeymoon's over–and it's coming–we'll all see Obama for what he is: just another tax-and-spend leftist with no spine or common sense.

    April 30, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. april

    Oh please, not a celebration of your Messiah every 100 days. Next 100 days- a speech a day, dubious results, more unemployment, more people homeless, higher taxes, more flip flopping on his views and promises–just a repeat of the first 100 days.

    April 30, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. David

    Who cares about obamas next 100 days or his first 100 days...I care about Americas next 100 days...why do you meadia fools get a "feeling in your legs" (as Chris Matthews would say) over this guy??

    April 30, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. rufus

    Pease, the guy is a suit who is completely dominated by pelosi like a punk in pink tights. All of washington politics is power and money by cowards and traitors.

    April 30, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Shirley In California

    Since we are "grading" our president now, I give him a A+ just for working. He has been scrutinized in every way possible during the campaign and now even as he sits in the WH. He has also had an enormous amount of issues to deal with and still he keeps his poise and calm. I think in a year the economy will turn around and all those who post such nasty comments are going to have to find something else to complain about because America will we America again and those who claim they are "worried" will now see they need psychiatric care because they are just simply mentally impaired.

    April 30, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Operation Crush Rush

    He will do just fine in the second one hundred days,while Rush and the confedate republicans keep digging a 6 foot grave for themselves.

    April 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Byrd

    In order for republicans to judge how Obama is doing they would need a frame of reference, which they simply don't possess. How on Earth could anyone expect Obama to fix, in 100 days, everything the republicans screwed up over the past twelve years? And not one of those republicans or their henchmen have yet stepped forward to tell the American people, point blank: we screwed up, we broke the law, scorned the Constitution, we're sorry and we'll try to make amends. Not one.

    April 30, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. JP

    Since 50% of Americans won't pay income tax under Obama, can we do a pole that only counts people who pay taxes.

    April 30, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. obama/mama

    Full of hard working and putting out fires. But he is up to the challenge

    April 30, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. mark

    The next hundred days: Polls to drop lower, print and spend more money on his social programs.

    April 30, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. J.P.

    This is just a wild guess, but I'd say what's ahead for Obama in the next 100 days probably involves throwing money at some problem or other.

    April 30, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    Mr Obama will continue to follow the path of restoring the american dream, in spite of shrill and inane name calling and obstruction thrown up by the opposition. His initiatives are common sense and the majority of americans know it.

    Healthcare will be fixed to allow for all americans access and lift the cost burden off of employers and begin to get third party insurance companies out of the decision making process in healthcare.

    Energy will be addressed and get us out of the extortion of foriegn governments and the big oil company sqeeze play.

    Education will be addressed to allow educators to teach without politicization and get the banker class middle men out of our pockets and relieve the crushing debt of higher education.

    Republicans will continue to fight the three points above without understanding that these initiatives will unleash the american middle class to invest, spend and create jobs that will ultimately raise living standards across the board.

    His plans are anti-trickle down, they are middle class based prosperity.

    April 30, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Simmy

    The President will continue doing the job of bringing this country back to economical order. He has Iraq and Afghan, a Swine Flu outbreak , and a half Congress to work with in getting things done. Unlike the media, he doesn't have the time to count the next 100 days. Life is more than living for the next set of issues. I believe he is dealing with whatever comes, as wisely and calmly as possible.

    April 30, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Obama has not done anything in these 100 days except cause commotion with everyone. Hes embolden the enemy, bent over to them, smiling to them. These are the people that want to destroy us and our allies. And hes going around being their best friend. STOP IT OBAMA. Start leading this country. Keep it solverign and the strongest. Not decreasing our defense 20%. Always need a strong nation to stay strong. You are spending so much we will never be able to pay it back for Eons.. Studying pig odor in the stimulis package surly can wait . Don't ya think.?

    April 30, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Wendy in So. Cal

    Here is what Obama should do in the next 100 days, refuse to sign the budget until it better represents the majority of this country. Congress allowed special interests and lobbyists to take out key elements that would have showed a true change in the direction of our country, eliminating tax breaks for the very wealthy and subsidies for wealthy farmers, and including tax credits for the lowest wage earners. Show some backbone and quit cowtowing to the wealthy just so that you can keep money in your election coffers. Obama has an opportunity to stand up to congress and let all Americans see who is really responsible for the shrinking middle class.

    April 30, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. demwit

    Spend, SPEND, SPEND!!

    April 30, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. CNN is a STALKER

    I hope THE PRESIDENT boycotts the media and it's obession with 100 day milestones. With a 2 year Presidential campaign, I for one have had enough.

    April 30, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    The first 100 days was something less than the amazing expectations of rabid fans. So now it is "the 2nd 100 days is the REALLY important time". Then the 3rd and 4th, .......

    "critical test" has been used repeatedly already in headlines for 1st 100 as a testament to American flea sized memory.

    April 30, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. ron

    What's ahead? Well, let's see. More government takeovers, which will lead to the same results as all other government run entitites. . More out of control spending, which will lead to raising more taxes and inflation, which will lead to a worse and worse economy. A continued defamation of any media which opposes the president so that his drones will finally raise their arms in calls for censorship of political free speech in some form of "fairness" or "hate speech" legislation. More pictures of Obama in our every day lives. I bet some dummies even call for a repeal of the 22nd ammendment, in an effort to allow Obama multiple terms.

    April 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Shari, NY

    Some things we know and some things we don't know. What is certain is more challenging work which he himself already knew. Didn't he say that it might take more than one term to get the country back on track? Also, unforeseen circumstances like the swine flu can strike you from left field. Only god almighty knows the whole story of what is to come.

    April 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    Up ahead, Obama needs to make sure the energy plan is in place and is in full gear. Why is everything moving so sloww....? Some of these politicians need to starve or go on hunger strike with us all..

    April 30, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Felicia

    That's because they want to keep an eye on President Obama. His first 100 days were great. Now your saying the next 100 days then after that it'll be another 100 please back off and give him a break

    April 30, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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