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Not Yet 100…

Political pundits are all over President Obama.  Some are saying he’s not fulfilling his campaign promises.  Some are saying he’s being too bipartisan and too inclusive of Republican ideas.  He’s been in office for what, 75 days?  The presidential term is about 1461 days (assuming one leap year), which means President Obama is only about 5% or so into his job.  How much did we realistically expect the man to accomplish this quickly.  The average administrative assistant or project manager is still in the probationary period at 75 days!

Granted the President of the United States is not the kind of job that you can pooh pooh your way through and blame lack of training for a lack of competency, but of course that is not the case with President Obama.  He hit the ground running, and is making amazing strides.  Some people still aren’t satisfied.

We all agree that President Obama inherited this deficit, and is doing the best he can to make decisions that will ultimately benefit American people.  For some, that’s just not good enough.  They wanted him to come out swinging and they wanted this to be the land of milk and honey by now.  Welcome to reality.

The reality is, as a Black man, President Obama has to walk a fine line.  He can’t get too publicly agitated, as we don’t want him stereotyped as the angry black man.  I’m also wondering about the people that say he’s too bipartisan.  I agree, you can’t make everyone happy, and ultimately he has to be true to Democrats, but he did say this was not a country of Red States and Blue States, but rather the United States.  To that end he has to try to include ideas of both parties.  As we’ve seen with the past couple of votes, the Democrats are in control, so they get what they want, but can’t we all at least try to get along.  I feel like people are disappointed that he is not running through the Halls of Congress acting like Chuck D or Ice Cube.

Some are also a little disappointed because he’s not entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana in an effort to decrease the deficit.  Epiphany, what do you think about legalizing weed?  All I’m going to say is, y’all can get over it because there is NO WAY a black man is going to legalize weed.  NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!  Are you kidding me, those talk radio snooty pants would have a field day with that one.  I could hear Rush Limbaugh now: “first marijuana, next crack, …get that pimp out of the white house by any means necessary!”

The smokers are taking a hit thanks to the bill President Obama signed that raises cigarette prices.  I think now a pack of cigarettes in Jersey is up to almost $10.  If that is not incentive enough to quit, I don’t know what is!  Smokers feel they are being unfairly picked on, but this tax increase pays for the first part of President Obama’s healthcare plan.  To me, as a non-smoker, it’s a win.

At the end of the day, we wanted to see change, and we are seeing it.  Maybe not as quickly as some would like, but slow and steady wins the race.  I don’t know why people put so much emphasis on the first one hundred days, but President Obama is being watched and polled on every move.    He’s polling well, but they never ask anyone I know to participate in this poll so here’s your chance to weigh in.  How do YOU think President Barack Obama is doing in his first 100 Days?

April 1, 2009 - Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics


  1. I think he is doing a excellent job! The haters are just that…Keep it going President Obama…The revolution has just begun!

    Comment by Venom Patton | April 2, 2009

  2. President Obama is exhibiting poise, grace and intelligence in navigating the political landscape and the economic mess that his predecessor helped to create and exacerbate with manufactured lies and innuendo that led to the conflict in Iraq. Good ol’ boy Rush Limbaugh hasn’t hesitated to bash him about everything else and should be one of the last to talk after having to rehabilitate himself and his image from his illicit use of oxycontin (aka “hillbilly heroin”) and vicodin a few years ago.

    Needless to say, we all knew that that sorry-behinded right-wingers were going to be all over this President for any and everything. Even though they ought to be thanking God that he is not just sitting still and wringing his hands, wondering out loud what to do. (Of course, they would criticize him for that, too.) He is being a leader and as of this week, building world wide support that will no doubt muzzle some of their gripes.

    Comment by James A. Hamilton, Jr. | April 3, 2009

  3. I think he should embrace the Fair Tax!

    Comment by silky slim jones | April 11, 2009

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