April 25th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
14 years ago

King: Second 100 days will be bigger test for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/24/king.sotu.100.days/art.obamaking.cnn.jpg caption="CNN's John King talks with President Obama in Peoria, Illinois."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - As introductions go, it has been a fast-paced, fascinating first 100 days: an ambitious domestic agenda aimed at reinvigorating the economy and the government's reach into its workings, and several provocative steps on the world stage that, like at home, signal a clear break from the previous administration.

It is the second 100 days that will give a much more comprehensive test of President Obama's approach, his resilience - and his effectiveness.

Still, the White House cites significant accomplishments, including:

• Passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

• Signing into law an expanded children's health care program that it says provides benefits to 4 million additional working families.

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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Enlightened Voter

    Sorry, I don't watch John King even if he's interviewing President Obama because he has shown he is a staunch republican and not objective.

    April 24, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Lynn West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Shut up John King and read the teleprompter. No one asked for your opinion, which first was that the first 100 days would be tough.

    If you are a Rush Limbaugh wannabe and want to see our President fail then at least have the courage to say so rather than making all these silly ominous predictions. Like you would know anyway!

    April 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Milligee

    Here we go. Are we going to assess every 100 days now? Where is all this coming from...was George Bush assessed every 100 days?

    April 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. lawyermommy

    I did not know that John King interviewed anyone else other than Dick Cheney and other Cheney like people. Wow!

    April 24, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    To Mr. Brooks, It is not a train robbery. The Republicans lost the mantle of "party of middle class values" when they went off the rails 8 years ago.
    The Democrats have REGAINED the rightful title of "the party of the people".
    Thank you President Obama.
    Now, Harry, Nancy, you guys better get a grip and FAST.
    There is no more time to put things aside or be content with being in power. We are watching and your power can be lost as quickly as it was won.

    April 24, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Allan

    That's right, John.

    When the guy blasts out of the starting gate and clears every hurdle you set for him, discount that and say the real test hasn't begun yet.

    Did Karl Rove write this for you the way he wrote your questions for Cheney?

    April 24, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Hilary

    The media will never be satisfied until they have something big to bash the president over. If his second 100 days are as successful as the first, they'll be talking about how his third set of 100 days is the most critical.

    April 24, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    Why all the artificial milestones? This 100 days or the next 100 days? Its a long slow process – one day at a time unless all the days gang up on you at once!

    Give the man time and do a little more thoughtful evaluation after a year – at least!

    April 24, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Fan of Common Sense

    Only in office 100 days and he has already established himself as the most irresponsible, wreckless, incompetent president in U.S. history.

    April 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Chris

    LOL...this first 100 days crap is a joke and i see why the President wants to move away from that type of milestone logic.

    So John....be it 100 or the next 1460 until the next election, everyday for President Obama will be tough!! YOU UNDERSTAND EVERY DAY!!! Because the media and people who are just crazy idiots will not let up on the man.
    But, the one thing i can say about him, it will not bother him has part of a race in him that can handle stress better than most!!!

    April 24, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. sensi johnson

    John King you are smarter than that...A hint to the wise..

    April 24, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Rick

    The next twenty years will be the bigger test for the country as Obumbler's policies start doing their damage.

    April 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. lea

    I don't watch John King or his wife Dana Bash. They've had it in for Obama from the start. CNN is turning into Fox light.

    April 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Not a bad Round #1,President Obama.

    Now let's if you have learned enough in round 1 to apply those lessons and come out even stronger in Round#2.

    April 24, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Lynn

    CNN will be sure to see what they can do to try to bring down the numbers and create as much media created controversy as possible with all their "what ifs" and softball interviews with Republican loons and has beens. I am sure the addition of the loud mouth Mary will add to the mix.

    Your ratings are decreasing and they will continue to do so until you return to being news media rather than a self congratulating, arrogant group of :Know it alls"/.

    The first thing you should do is replace Lou Dobbs and put on Fareed to do an hour daily of world news!!

    April 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Don't watch John King, either, I prefer to watch MSNBC when he is on.

    The GOPers will never admit that Obama is doing a good job, considering the Bush Disaster he inherited.

    The Democrats on these blogs and others, will have to continue to remind the forgetful-GOPers of the ...... cough...... "brilliant" Bush!

    President Obama has been in office a mere 100 days, he can not solve all the problems left by Bush & Co., overnight. What's maddening is that the GOP refuse to SEE that the problems Obama is dealing with .........were created by a GOP-president!

    April 24, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Tim, Seattle

    @ Fan of Common Sense
    "Only in office 100 days and he has already established himself as the most irresponsible, wreckless, incompetent president in U.S. history"
    You and the rest of the flat-earth, sky-is falling crowd (currently 20% of the population).
    At least your opinion is way in the minority

    'You had your 8 years, now just go away"
    -Meghan McCain

    April 24, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Sarty

    Most biased network CNN is. . I wonder their ratings are lower.
    The only thing they care is about the useless news about Palin.

    April 24, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. 29% of Americans are TRAITORS for wanting America to FAIL and 71% of Americans to SUFFER!

    John King just another republican hack setting some articial time line in the hopes that President Obama will "fail" to meet some media defined "goals" of which they will then "grade" the President.

    On the other hand it is good you are so "transparant" the President would be proud.

    April 24, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Obama victim

    I admit ... I do wonder about the next 100 days... What world leaders wil hear an apology from Obama and who will Obama bow to next.

    April 24, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Eric J in St.Louis

    @ fan of common sense.....

    were you too afraid to use your real name here....DICK CHENEY????

    April 24, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. TM Clarke

    It seems incredible to me that the same ultra right wing-nuts who wailed a moaned about the 'unpatriotic' criticisms leveled at GWB are foaming at the mouth to get Obama. Some of the statements made by leading politicos on the right – most recently the Governor of Texas – tread periously close to treason. As far as the 'first 100 days thing' – it's ridiculous. This administration wouldn't be made or unmade in 100 day increments. And CNN does no one a service by creating a steady drumbeat of doom and gloom.

    April 24, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Dave

    I don't care what John King has to say. He has shown his biasnesness!

    April 24, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Enlightened Voter April 24th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

    Sorry, I don't watch John King even if he's interviewing President Obama because he has shown he is a staunch republican and not objective.

    Join the club. When the Program was launched I was like, here is Meet the Press take 2. Affer watching the guy, I realized what he is all about. Nowadays I sleep my sunday mornings ok without feeling like I missed anything. I don't watch Lou Dobbs either and I feel good about myself!

    April 24, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Lesley Anne

    Are we making up news stories here or reporting fair and balanced. I can't decide if this news outlet manufactures all of the news it reports, or only part if it. Apparently since Obama did well during his first 100 days, and things are starting to heat up on many fronts, CNN has decided to set another artificial bar to cross to crank up public interest. If only they had watched the Bush administration as closely. How can you judge anything even in 200 days. Life doesn't turn on a dime, especially in a downturn like this one.

    April 24, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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