Well, it’s 100 days into the first Obama term, and the reviews are pouring in. At the New York Post, they’re listing Obama’s 100 mistakes in 100 days. For example, Mistake #9:
“Turkey tried to block the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new NATO secretary general because he didn’t properly punish the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey’s induction into the European Union.”
The Wall Street Journal editorial board recounts all the major shifts in policy undertaken by Obama, noting that “the only two comparable moments in the last century were 1965, which gave us the Great Society, and 1933, which bequeathed the New Deal. Mr. Obama’s goals are at least as ambitious, resuming the march toward the European welfare state that was stopped by what Democrats like to call the Reagan detour.”
“In a mere 100 days, the Democrat has silenced eight years of criticism about the Imperial Presidency. It is once again the liberal hour in American politics, and the media and political classes now see energy in the executive as a national asset,” the board writes. Curiously, however, the board also concludes that “one lesson from the first 100 days is that the President doesn’t like to do things that are politically difficult.”
The most important verdict, of course, is that rendered by the American public. In a new poll, the folks at Gallup report that “At 100 Days, Obama Approval Broad as Well as Deep: Solid majorities of everyone but Republicans and conservatives approve.”
“The new president’s approval rating at the 100-day mark is notable in that nearly all major demographic categories of Americans are pleased with his job performance, as evidenced by approval ratings above the majority level,” Gallup reports. “Only in terms of political and ideological categories does Obama have a significant proportion of detractors; a majority of Republicans and self-described “conservatives” disapprove of his job performance.”
Two data points jump out at me from the Gallup numbers. Among independents, the approval/disapproval numbers are 64/27, a very healthy spread. And even among conservatives, 42 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove.