The President rested.
Not really. On his 101st day as the President of US of A, Barack Obama probably woke up and went about his day doing what he has been doing for the previous 100 days – fixing the mess left by the Bush bunch. So I do not quite understand this pause to smell the roses or this desire by the media to give the President a grade on what are not even his mid terms… so while the media celebrated/vilified (depending on if you were watching MSNBC or Fox News) the first 100 days of Barack Obama, I choose to do something different. I am marking his 101st as the President.
What about the grade you ask? Well I give him an “Incomplete.”
But what I am going to do, more for me than for those reading this blog post is to express my impressions of this young Presidency.
Or let’s KISS – keep it simple stupid and let me jot down the keywords/meta-tags I associate with the object: President Barack Hussein Obama after the first 101 days in office:
Tags: pragmatic, calm, soothing, appeaser, conciliatory, smart, able, athletic, young, promising, deliberate, upbeat, anti-Bush, spender, borrower, articulate, charming, wise, presidential, husband, cool, promising, future, cunning, media-savvy, professorial, comfortable, leader, nerd, leftie, lefty, humble, web 2.0, engaged, engaging, father, writer, thinker, disciplined, politician, philanthropic, daring, brave, democrat, thoughtful, historic, witty, intellectual, thank God he is not Sarah Palin
This by no means is exhaustive… and I am sure more tags will get added as the days goes by. It has been a decent start: I am very happy about certain approaches like the foreign policy and not so happy about others like his fixes for the banking sector.
We definitely needed a change in the words we spoke to the world, and the way we spoke those words. Obama brings that very refreshing change of humility (“If you’re ahead, shut up and stay ahead”) and a conciliatory tone. To some it may seem a weakness, but to me it is a sign of strength. It takes a secure man and a nation to admit his/its faults. I loved the town hall meeting he had with young students in Turkey.
As far as the banking sector is concerned, I tend to trust scientists when it comes to science, doctors when it comes to medicine and economists when it comes to economics… and economists seem to believe that a temporary qausi-nationalization would have been the more painful but quicker solution to the crisis. Barack Obama is a politician and no where it is more apparent than in his approach to the auto-industry and the banking sector.
But, as I said, it has been a decent start Mr. President – you are Reagenesque in behavioral economics, Roseveltic in long term solutions and Clintonesque in articulation of those solutions.
Yep – decent start.