April 29th, 2009
07:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Good start, but just a start

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will call his first 100 days in office "a good start," but say there's more work to be done in a speech commemorating the early milestone that has been used to assess presidencies since Franklin Roosevelt set out to tackle the Great Depression.

"[W]e are off to a good start, but it is just a start," Obama will say during the 8 p.m. speech, according to excepts released by the White House. "I am proud of what we have achieved, but I am not content. I am pleased with our progress, but I am not satisfied."

Obama's speech will come hours after Congress gave final approval to a $3.4 trillion budget that pays for many of his top spending priorities, including increases for health care, alternative energy and education.

He's expected to say that the budget begins laying "a new foundation" for the U.S. economy.

"It contains new investments in education that will equip our workers with the right skills and training, new investments in renewable energy that will create millions of jobs and new industries, new investments in health care that will cut costs for families and businesses and new savings that will bring down our deficit," he'll say, according to the excerpts.

Obama is also expected to cite the passage of his economic-stimulus plan, which included a tax cut the White House says will go to 95 percent of working families and a bill that ensures health care for 11 million children.

He credits his initiatives, including a banking-industry bailout intended to improve a badly battered housing market, with already saving or creating 150,000 jobs and making it possible for more people to refinance their homes - which he equates with another tax cut.

But, Obama says in the excerpts, challenges remain - from the swine flu outbreak and high jobless rates to projected long-term deficits and foreign threats including terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

"It is work that will take time. It will take effort," Obama says. "But the United States of America will see a better day. We will rebuild a stronger nation. And we will endure as a beacon for all those weary travelers beyond our shores who still dream that this is a place where all is possible."

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Good start

    Mr. President. Still behind you during the next 100 days!

    April 29, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Ed's Kate

    He is such an intelligent and precise person that he will not be satisfied with all that has been done in his first 100 days. He will continue to do everything he can to help this country get back on its feet not only here but diplomatically around the world.
    In my book, he is doing very, very well and will always put the best interests of this nation first. Hopefully, the Congress and we the people see this and will wholeheartedly support him now and in the future.

    April 29, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. bell

    Do you recall that when President Obama started his run for President that none of this mess had come to the surface as yet?

    April 29, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Lil Deconsuelo Izquierdo López

    I give President Obama A+ on his work to date. He took on the previous administration's havoc on the economy and down grading of the american image in the world. He works tirelessly to repair these two important factors and does it with firmness, stays calm and projects confidence to all those hear him.

    April 29, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Terry

    Here's a comment that will never see daylight.
    CNN – C-
    MSNBC – B
    Fox News F-
    PBS – A

    April 29, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Rufus Junior

    He is such an intelligent and precise person that he will not be satisfied with all that has been done in his first 100 days. He will continue to do everything he can to help this country get the values of Stalinist Russia.

    April 29, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Jim in Florida

    How much more will the Charlatan spend like a drunken sailor before we all figure out he has indeed mortgaged the economic security of the country for our children and maybe even their children.

    Obama ran as a centrist but we knew this was a lie. He governs from the left and intends to kill private enterprise since he really believe BIG BROTHER is the answer to all problems.

    Goodness, the lef t wailed about Bush and Big Brother. When Obama and the current Democratic "leadership" the government will be in our undies from the moment we awaken until time for sleep.

    The jack booted thugs of the 21st century are Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their ilk.

    April 29, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. miracle

    My pres.obama is amazing and his "vision" to lead is blessed by God.He is an A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++* a million. Iam so feeled with gratitude to God for sending such a "humble kindred spirit".what a man!!!! I finally have a PRESIDENT!

    April 29, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |