History Repeats Itself
Much like FDR, who became the gold standard for the first 100 days, when Barrack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009, he inherited a nation in the grip of a major financial crisis. On just his 29th day sitting behind the Resolute Desk he managed to get Congress to sign a $787 million stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bailed out the struggling auto industry and Wall Street, and gave working families a tax cut.
Obama didn’t stop there as even before he convinced Congress to pass his stimulus bill, he had already signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act giving legal protection in the fight for equal pay for women just nine days into his term. He was also able to sign into law the expanded State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) which would put Congress on record as dedicated to dealing with major health care reform legislation in 2009.
The decisions Obama took would see him end his first 100 days as the president with the fourth highest approval rating (63%) since Gallup began tracking presidential approval ratings of the first quarter since Eisenhower in 1953.