Tired of the routine 100 days analyses? Salon asked a wildly diverse compendium of opinionated pontificators, including me, to grade the president’s foreign policy, economic policy, and overall performance. Oh, in 200 words. Check ‘em out.
How do you grade him? Please share your thoughts by clicking on comments below Here’s the report card I sent to Salon; they cut my last, and best (IMHO), paragraph:
Remember in elementary school we got grades for both content and conduct? Obama’s first 100 days need a similar grading system: what he substantively accomplished and the way he accomplished it.
Economy: Content: C, Conduct: A.
He hasn’t turned things around but he’s made us feel lots better. Geithner and Summers were uninspired appointments. His stimulus mimics FDR’s roads and bridges approach, which doesn’t fit today’s information (and less gendered) economy. Sadly, he’s missing his moment to lower health care costs 25% by failing to bite the single payer, everybody in the pool, bullet.
Foreign policy: Content: A, Conduct: A.
The world sighs with relief that the U.S. has a culturally competent president who can string a cogent sentence together and chooses handshakes over Cheney-esque snarling. Plus, Hillary Clinton in the bargain. Woot!
Extra credit: Reversing the global gag rule; liberating stem cell science from ideology, Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Council on Women and Girls, multitasking, smiling.
Demerit: Failing to push the Prevention First Act when 90% of Americans support access to birth control.
Overall: Content: B, Conduct A
Obama grasps that 90% of success is taking action. He understands the power of communication. He’s on our television and computer screens more frequently than any previous president, making us feel we’re in this together, we’ll pull through. Which means, perception being reality in politics, most likely we will.