A Brief History of the President’s First 100 Days

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When Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, he inherited a country in an unprecedented state of chaos with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a rise in racial tensions, increasing police brutality, a previous administration claiming (and still claiming today) the widely debunked conspiracy theory of widespread voter fraud, and a country so polarized that the divide between left and right has grown into a chasm as wide and as deep as the Grand Canyon.

As he nears his 100th day in office, this has, in modern times, been historically a good time to gauge the performance of the sitting president. As far as approval rating goes, Biden is sporting the steadiest approval rating on record for a president through nearly 100 days in office. Although sitting around an impressive average of 54%, this is not a historically strong number as many post war presidents have held higher ratings at the same point in their presidency.

What makes the percentage equally as impressive as its steadiness is the fact that those numbers have stayed consistent ever since Biden entered the White House. So, why is the first 100 days considered so important, and what events helped shape the first 100 days of previous presidents? Here we are going to look into a few facts and numbers about those crucial first steps into those burgeoning administrations.

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