During his first 200 days in office, President Obama has acted on a wide range of issues, from the economy to terrorism, and addressed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Over the next 100 days, Obama’s plans for health care reform and an energy “cap and trade” program hang in the balance.
You graded the performance of President Obama a C-, down from a B grade after his first 100 days.
President Obama has held four televised prime-time news conferences, sat for dozens of interviews and appeared on countless magazine covers. His constant media presence has caused some to ask if the president is overexposed, and if journalists have been too critical – or not critical enough – of his performance.
How do you think we're doing? Forty-nine percent of you gave us an F - but overall, you graded the performance of the media a D on the CNN National Report Card.
Decimated by the 2008 elections, the Republican Party has had to find a way to contend with minority status in both houses of Congress. The GOP's biggest challenge: to defy a far more popular president's broad an ambitious agenda without seeming obstructionist. Republicans have presented a near-united front against the president's stimulus package and health care reform proposal – but nine GOP senators voted to confirm Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
You graded the performance of Republican leadership a D on the CNN National Report Card.
Congress, controlled by Democrats, is debating health care reform legislation, and may vote on a bill by year's end after missing the original August deadline requested by President Obama. The administration's ambitious 2010 budget remains, but as of July 1, Congress had passed 39 bills that the president had signed into law, including the stimulus package, credit card reform and a $410 billion omnibus spending bill.
Fifty-two percent of you gave Congress a failing grade - but overall, you graded the performance of the Congress a D on the CNN National Report Card.
As states across the country grappled with high unemployment rates, budget shortfalls and foreclosures, Congress passed the Obama administration's stimulus plan to provide some economic relief. The Senate – which confirmed President Obama's first Supreme Court pick, Sonia Sotomayor - is also debating a slew of other White House proposals, including a plan for heather care reform and an energy "cap and trade" program.
You graded the performance of your state's two senators a C- on the CNN National Report Card.
Vice President Biden plays a main role in promoting the Obama administration’s economic agenda. He’s also caused the administration some embarrassment with several high-profile gaffes.
Biden's getting top grades from the man in charge. "He’s doing the job the president wants him to do," said CNN political analyst Paul Begala, who has spoken with administration officials about the VP, who say these aides tell him that "…the president is very happy with Joe Biden."
He may get an A from the president, but you graded the performance of Vice President Biden a C-.
Hillary Clinton has traveled to Asia, Europe, the Mideast and Mexico, and administration officials say she plays a key role in directing policy on China, Russia and North Korea. Obama, however, has appointed high profile envoys and representatives to spearhead key elements of his diplomatic agenda.
Top grades for Clinton from CNN's political analysts - nearly all gave her an A.
You graded the performance of Secretary of State Clinton a C+ on the CNN National Report Card.
President Obama inherited two wars and other global crises around the world. During his first 200 days, he has increased the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and announced plans to withdraw most of the American military presence from Iraq by August of next year. The president has made personal outreach to other nations – including a high-profile speech to the Muslim world from Cairo in June – a key part of his foreign policy. Meanwhile, Iran and North Korea continued to raise challenges for the administration.
A mixed bag from CNN analysts, with grades from A to D.
You graded the Obama administration's handling of foreign affairs a C on the CNN National Report Card.
President Obama pushed for the passage of a health care reform bill by the August recess that would attempt to curb surging medical costs and provide coverage for uninsured Americans, but that deadline was pushed back amid concerns raised by Republican lawmakers and some fiscally conservative Democrats who say they're wary of its cost.
Several CNN panelists gave the president an incomplete - it's too soon to tell, they said.
You gave Obama's handling of health care a D.