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Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby cliffski » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:09 pm

So what do you think Obama will achieve in the first 100 days in office? Will his bailout bill go through ok? will he get anything done on renewable energy? how about getting guantanomo bay shut? Normally I'm very cynical about the ability of any SU president to get his agenda acted on 9too much time watching the West Wing possibly), but I was pleasantly surprised how quickly obama seemed to turn to the guantanomo bay issue, within 24 hours of actually being in power. That's pretty fast work!
Will lobbyists, special interest groups and the media (not to mention the house and senate) tie his hands? or will this president really achieve rapid change in the USA?
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby pigsnoutman » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:22 pm

I don't believe he can do everything the voters expect, but I hope he will do the right/unpopular things. He has made a good start on Guantamono but he isn't going to save the economy from a fairly bad recession, and the middle east wont be easy to leave quickly.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby cliffski » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:48 pm

he does seem to be working hard though. Now he is making speeches about renewable energy and changing emissions levels of cars. It's like obama has unlocked a cheat code giving him infinite political capital :D
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby sambrookjm » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:58 am

Well, he's already lost 15 points off of his approval rating according to the latest polls. He may have unlimited political capital, but the political honeymoon didn't last long at all...
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby pigsnoutman » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:33 pm

That slightly crazy period of optimism is already over? That was quick.
Though to be honest, the voters dont get a say for such a long time, it doesn't matter. It makes such a change, compared to the anti-science, anti-freedom attitude of Bush. I'm suprised americans arn't just glad he's finally gone.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby sambrookjm » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:11 pm

pigsnoutman wrote:It makes such a change, compared to the anti-science, anti-freedom attitude of Bush. I'm suprised americans arn't just glad he's finally gone.


Most of us are...
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby cliffski » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:10 pm

I'm sure the optimism will last a lot longer. So far I haven't heard a single major criticism of him since he took office.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby Lordarod » Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:24 am

My guess is that he won't be re-elected.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby sambrookjm » Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:44 am

He certainly hasn't been dealt a very good starting hand. It certainly won't help him get re-elected...but I think it's WAY too early to start thinking about this.

Still, I had to laugh when he complained about the DC schools closing down with only a little bit of snow on the ground. I live about 50 miles south of DC, and I am constantly amazed at how poor the drivers around here are when it comes to driving in the snow. We get it often enough that I would have thought people would have learned how to do it by now...but every time it snows the world comes to a standstill.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby Styrax » Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:31 pm

cliffski wrote:I'm sure the optimism will last a lot longer. So far I haven't heard a single major criticism of him since he took office.


Of course he's in bed with the media, however things are beginning to turn against him there.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby seamus » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:45 pm

Styrax wrote:
cliffski wrote:I'm sure the optimism will last a lot longer. So far I haven't heard a single major criticism of him since he took office.


Of course he's in bed with the media, however things are beginning to turn against him there.

I wouldnt say so, the media primary cares about the personality of politicians, not the actually politics. Obama has a great personality.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby Styrax » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:54 am

seamus wrote:
Styrax wrote:
cliffski wrote:I'm sure the optimism will last a lot longer. So far I haven't heard a single major criticism of him since he took office.


Of course he's in bed with the media, however things are beginning to turn against him there.

I wouldnt say so, the media primary cares about the personality of politicians, not the actually politics. Obama has a great personality.

That's very true, but at some point they've got to feel used. Some in the media have come out against him recently, after being for him before.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby cliffski » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:51 pm

Still, compared with Bush he is hugely popular in the press. I never hear any jokes or digs at him here in the UK media. It's a totally different situation to when Bush would visit and it was described as some evil tyrant visiting us.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby Styrax » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:58 pm

cliffski wrote:Still, compared with Bush he is hugely popular in the press. I never hear any jokes or digs at him here in the UK media. It's a totally different situation to when Bush would visit and it was described as some evil tyrant visiting us.

From what I've seen, he's taken heat. Just today I saw where a UK columnist called him "President Pantywaist". And did he not take heat for his behavior last week with other heads of state? No doubt if Bush had done any of that, that's all you would hear about. All I'm saying is his honeymoon is pretty much over and he better start at least acting competent.
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Re: Predictions for obmas first 100 days?

Postby ohms_law » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:47 am

cliffski wrote:Still, compared with Bush he is hugely popular in the press. I never hear any jokes or digs at him here in the UK media. It's a totally different situation to when Bush would visit and it was described as some evil tyrant visiting us.

That's just the "honeymoon period" effect. We'll all start seeing a change in coverage tenor by the end of the year.
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