August 6th, 2009
08:11 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN National Report Card: The economy

CNN’s National Report Card – your take on the president’s performance
CNN’s National Report Card – your take on the president’s performance

Obama administration officials and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke say the economy is showing signs of stabilizing. Yet unemployment in many states continues to rise, and there are few indicators to restore confidence in the broader economy.

Most of CNN's analyst graded Obama some kind of B grade, with a D from conservatives Bill Bennett and Alex Castellanos.

"He stopped us from going over a cliff," said David Gergen, who added a note of caution: "…but he’s got real problems ahead." He gave Obama a B+.

You gave the Obama administration's handling of the economy a C- - down from the B grade you gave him after his first 100 days.

August 6th, 2009
11:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama on Day 200: 'Incline is not as steep,' official says

WASHINGTON (CNN) – If the White House was downplaying President Obama's first 100 days, it's downright ignoring the second hundred.

"It's the second hundred days?" quipped a senior administration official when told about the approaching date.

On reflection, the official was only too willing to take us behind the scenes as he settled back into his desk chair.

Two hundred days in, "the incline on the treadmill is not as steep," the official said, but added, "it's still moving very fast."

Obama has not slowed since coming into office. Restructuring the auto industry, a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt, and his big push to get health care reform are just a few of the president's ambitious efforts since the last "Hallmark holiday."

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Get a preview of CNN's look at Obama's second 100 days with Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley


CNN takes a look at Obama's second 100 days tonight 8 p.m. ET.


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