On air: 100 days of Obama

ObamaThe measure of the first 100 days in office may be a pretty arbitrary one, but in President Obama’s case, the scorecard looks pretty full. We’re going to be assessing how the candidate who came to power promising change has done so far from the vantage point of Kokomo, Indiana.
So why are we here? Well, Indiana was one of the most evenly split states in the country, (Obama won 49.9 percent and McCain got 49) and Kokomo is what could be called a typical American small town. Its main industry is the local Chrysler plant, so like so many American cities and towns, what happens to the big auto-makers matters here.

Shaimaa has been here for a couple of days already meeting people and getting to know the town – these are her thoughts so far. She’s been battling the unseasonable rain and navigating her way up and down the strip mall because throughout the day on different BBC World Service programmes we’re going to be talking looking at a number of specific election issues and whether Obama has delivered through the eyes of Kokomo’s residents. Keep updated throughout the day as we make our way up, down and around US Highway 31 at our special website.

World Have Your Say will be coming live from the Kokomo Rescue Mission, a shelter and meal centre for Kokomo’s increasing number of residents who are doing it tough financially. They’ll be joined by other people from around the community, including Mayor Greg Goodnight and some kids from Kokomo High. Your messages and questions to them are welcome.

As to the 100 days themselves, there are some fantastic websites with detailed analysis. According to the excellent PolitiFact.com , of his top 25 campaign promises, he’s kept 2, broken 1 and has 9 in the works, though a shuddering 12 so far have seen no action. The Financial Times has an excellent interactive map to help guide you through your assessment.
What do you think of the 44th President’s first 100 days? Has he lived up to his promises? Has he kept your faith? Or if you weren’t a fan in the first place, have you been vindicated?

120 Responses to “On air: 100 days of Obama”

  1. 1 Dihan from Sri lanka - Galle.
    April 29, 2009 at 05:15

    As I am not an American , I cannot say much more about first hundred days of President OBAMA ‘s diary. I can say something upon the information i get through internet and radio services. So I suppose that he is a good political character when compare to the other presidents who ruled the United states. But he needs time as he has to protect his country from financial crisis and stop wars which were started by early president . So I believe that he will make his country as better place than earlier. If he didn’t , he will be a president as early ones. As I know the way he see the world is different when compare to others. So he can make a change .

  2. 2 Dennis Junior
    April 29, 2009 at 05:57

    What do you think of the 44th President’s first 100 days? (I am proud of his first 100 days in office)

    Has he lived up to his promises? (Yes)

    Has he kept your faith? (Yes)

    Or if you weren’t a fan in the first place, have you been vindicated? (I have always been a fan of President Obama….)

    ~Dennis Junior~

  3. 3 Samson
    April 29, 2009 at 06:12

    “Rome Was Not Build In just 100 days “

    As he has said “the days, and years of his terms are going to be busy in order to get the American toxic economy, health care, the War the USA entertain in Iraq & Afghanistan to fight terrorist, the foreign police and diplomacy that need to be re-architected to restore the USA in world’s politics and so much more that he has promised his fellow Americans to vote for him. Well it good that he has been given the chance to be the President to introduce a new work ethic to get the good policies that the Americans have in had to make a change for a better day. I believe he has done and doing well so far to get the promises that he has made by talking to hostile governments , addressing environmental issues and all the others which need not only hundred days even two terms as a president of the USA.

  4. 4 globalcomedy
    April 29, 2009 at 06:31

    Unfortunately, he’s making some key errors:
    Not pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Backing off of pressing for unversal health care. Why can’t he use his Executive Authority and push this thru as a national emergency? If he can order one to deal with swine flu, why not this?
    He’s taking too much of a centrist role. Example: Arlen Spector is now a Democrat. If Al Franken wins his contested election case, that gives them a 60 vote majority in the Senate. So this is one reason for doing that? Superior Chicago style politics.

  5. 5 Clement
    April 29, 2009 at 10:49

    I think my president has done a great job this first 100 days. He is shutting down guantanamo, has helped reform our image abroad, and has pushed for pragmatic legislation in response to the economic crisis. I am proud to say he lives down the street from me in Hyde Park, Chicago.

    Also, in response to a comment that aired earlier, Obama was elected by many states in middle America. Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana all went for him.

  6. 6 Uzondu Esionye
    April 29, 2009 at 11:03

    From where I sit, I can confidently say that this president has brought a new spirit in America’s relationship with the rest of the world. personnaly, that is where I have kept my focus and observation.Speaking to people here, I notice that Lot of them seem a bite relaxed, when it comes to how America is responding to happenings around the world. That was my greatest fear.
    Let’s hope that he continues steadfast.

  7. 7 John Rufus Ballah
    April 29, 2009 at 11:11

    People of The United States,It is not enough in 100 days to be able to know what your president will bring or fullfill as promises made during the race to the Washington. I, as Liberian felt that same way when madame Ellen JohnSon-Sirleaf was in the race for the Executive mansion. I am beginning to see what she really meant after two and half years. She has connected roads that were so bad. In your case, the economy is the problem. Everything taking place now comes as a subset of problems deriving from the bad credits and toxic assests that crept on you all when your ex-president(Mr.George W. Bush) was busy fighting on the other side of the world(Irag and Afghanistan). Things will be better, only if, you Americans will give Mr.Obama the opportunity to serve you people well. He is young and abitious. Let him work his way throught the reality of these troubling times.

  8. April 29, 2009 at 12:50

    Within 100 days of Barack Hussein Obama White House found that he is born for revenge America behalf of Islam and to end the super power in this universe or transfer the super power to Islamic nation. undeniable within 100 days America is loosing its super power and dignity also he is trying to take action on G.W Bush to revenge behalf of Saddam and Osama Bin Laden.

    • 9 William Hanna
      April 29, 2009 at 18:45

      William T. Hanna YOU MAKE NO SENSE. In his one hundred days he has done as well as anyone could, except that he needs to focus more on eingle payer health care.

  9. 10 Patti in Cape Coral, FL
    April 29, 2009 at 14:02

    I agree with most (not all) of his decisions thus far, and I definitely think he is improving the USA’s image abroad. I was listening to a report the BBC did from Oklahoma this morning, and I was quite mortified at the racist way people were expressing themselves. I hope people don’t think we are all like that. When I think of how many people heard that report, it isn’t surprising people abroad have a hard time liking us…

  10. 11 Jennifer
    April 29, 2009 at 14:13

    What do you think of the 44th President’s first 100 days? Has he lived up to his promises? Has he kept your faith? Or if you weren’t a fan in the first place, have you been vindicated?

    I have never been an Obama fan and I will never be. Blunders left and right that show inexperience, arrogance, and a lack of understanding grounded in reality. Nothing but a hot mess all the way around.

    BBC should be in NYC Union Square as they unveil their painting tribute today……it’s by Michael D’Antuono called “The Truth”. Depicts Barack Obama with a crown of thorn on his head and arms outstretched. I think it accurately depicts how many people view him……..appalling.

  11. April 29, 2009 at 14:48

    James from Kenya
    its a short time to judge your president but I think he has injected some optimism to Americans.However I think rhetoric will be met by reality soon and only then will we be able to know what he is made of. What he has done so far is what any democrat president wanting to be popular would have done. Or vice versa.

  12. 13 Chuck Renaud
    April 29, 2009 at 14:57

    Those Oklahoma bigots are fossils and morons. The sooner they fall off the planet the better.

  13. 14 Patti in Cape Coral, FL
    April 29, 2009 at 15:03

    Barack Obama with a crown of thorns on his head? Seriously? I like the guy and think he is doing a decent job so far, considering the mess he inherited, but wow… Is this the start of a new religion?

  14. April 29, 2009 at 15:13

    Can Obama Deliver on Iran, Israel?
    TEHRAN – Obama’s first 100 days have been wonderfu! That’s wishy washy.
    Will Israel withdraw to pre-1967 borders? Will there be a two state system in Palestine?
    Sooner or later President Obama must face reality! Iran’s wants the bomb. Can it have it? Is the honeymoon over with Russia because Moscow won’t budge on its position in the Caucasus. Isn’t it better for Washington and Moscow to hang on to their sphere of influence?

  15. 16 Roy, Washington DC
    April 29, 2009 at 15:16

    He deserves to be given more time to show what he is capable of. 100 days isn’t nearly enough to get started on the problems we’re facing at the moment.

    @ Patti

    I’m originally from Oklahoma, and I would think that the dislike for Obama is less a matter of race, and more the fact that Oklahoma is *very* conservative.

  16. 17 Bashir from somaliland
    April 29, 2009 at 15:48

    Well, i would like to say president obama’s first 100 days on the job exploded with activity on many fronts including:

    -The $787 billion economic stimilus.
    -The order to close guantanamo bay prison within a year.
    -A withdrawal plan for iraq.
    -An expension of U.S forces in Afghanistan, and
    -Outreach to several hostile nations.

    Much of what american presidents accomplish begins in their first 100 days.

    “The first 100 days is about figuring out, “How are we going to focus on the things we want to focus on”.

    Whether the new president will succeed at that, of course, remains to be seen.

  17. 18 Tom K in Mpls
    April 29, 2009 at 15:49

    As an American I wish to comment. Keep in mind our system is designed to resist change, it happens slowly. Call it political inertia. Based on this Obama can only be judged on intent and plans, not results. I will comment on attitude, economics and international policy.

    Attitude: For the first time in over two decades, we have a positive attitude. For most of the recent past we were force-fed fear. This to me is the most important thing. The rest is simple day-to-day business.

    Economics: Our current problems came from everyone that had control over a dollar. We all seemed to think good times last forever and debt was the key to prosperity. This is the aspect of Obama that scares me. Bailouts, more debt, scares me. We are keeping the worst of flawed businesses alive. I would rather see those that can adapt excel.

    International affairs: Obama realizes the recent past was a total failure. Stroking petty egos is more effective than an iron fist. It would be irresponsible and dangerous to all to drop Iraq. We caused the problem and need to help fix it. The Taliban is a regional problem that ignores borders. Success and failure, measured in size and intensity spreads over the world.

    On the whole, he is promising and by no means perfect. Sounds kinda like me 😉 .

  18. 19 Dan
    April 29, 2009 at 16:03

    In his first 100 days Obama, despite the hoopla, dis NOT close Guantanimo. He released ONE prisoner.
    He is focused upon the economy which is still in free fall despite him rewarding the Wall Street Titans who caused the economic collapse with more BILLIONS than they collected in bonuses while burning down the house.
    The magic number 60 will just be hype as many Senators have great difficulty with Obama’s plan.
    We are finding out that Obama is not the Messiah.
    Say….wasn’t it Napolean who met his Waterloo in his first 100 days after returning from exile?

    • 20 Tom K in Mpls
      April 29, 2009 at 16:34

      Napoleon was stopped cold by the coldest winter in recorded history. An extreme meteorological phenomenon. His tactics probably would have succeeded otherwise.

  19. 21 Ron S. from Ft Myers Florida
    April 29, 2009 at 16:05

    I heard the same report Patti above referred to. I was half asleep, and hearing the residents in Oklahoma, I was very much awake. It saddens me that such harsh criticism and racism came as if it was normal for them to do so. Not to mention the lack of confidence they have in their President, regardless of his party.

    I voted for him because he has 4 YEARS to inspire our country. 100 days doesn’t even scratch the surface. Let’s give the gentleman the opportunity to do the job we elected him for.

  20. 22 Jennifer
    April 29, 2009 at 16:07

    Why is it that race is ALWAYS brought up when people talk about Obama? Can’t he be judged on merit or lack thereof?

    As for Oklahoma being racist. I wouldn’t agree with that. People have a right to discuss issues of race without being termed racist. This past week; there was a protest at a courthouse near here. African Americans with signs demanding “equal rights”, “equal opportunity”, etc. This is 2009, not the1950s. These people were upset because they didn’t receive special consideration for a job because of their skin color. However, to be hired for a job, you do have to have education and experience. It’s time to chunk the racist card.

    We have an African American president. No more can African Americans say that they are held back. By all means, reach for the stars; no more whining about race!

    If we want to talk about a legitimate race issue, let’s discuss how many young innocent African American women are exploited through the “choice” of abortion. Why is nothing done to help them?

  21. 23 Patti in Cape Coral, FL
    April 29, 2009 at 16:16

    @ Roy – I’m sure you’re right in general, but these particular people were unable to express their displeasure without resorting to racist language. To be fair, there was a conservative person on the show that was able to state her objections logically without being ugly. I didn’t mean to call out any particular state, I’m originally from the midwest myself, although there is a big difference between Illinois and Oklahoma :0)

  22. 24 Anthony
    April 29, 2009 at 16:23

    I think Obama is do the best job under the circumstances. I have a feeling that if McCain had won, we would be bombing other countries by now. Remember “bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran”?

    @ Dan
    In January he said he would suspend the proceedings for 120 days, and that it would be closed by the end of the year. It’s not the end of the year yet my friend.

    I like how he shook President Chavez’s hand and everyone freaks out, if it were Bush or McCain they would have rather put sanctions on them….yeah, that would be more productive.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  23. 25 saad From Pakistan
    April 29, 2009 at 16:27

    PRESIDENT Obama is not very good but is not bad either. On foreign policy issue he has done well up to the mark. Well on economical issue he has done not that good but result of his economical policies can not be assessed in 100 days.

  24. April 29, 2009 at 16:37

    In the nutshell, I would like to grade Obama for what he has done thus far with a mark of 8 out of 10. I thank God the American has got such a man who is willing to listen to other views. I think even those who were once called the “Source of Evil” are now trying to concord with the way the most of the world is reacting to this young American President.
    May God bless Obama, Amen…

  25. 27 1430a
    April 29, 2009 at 16:44

    A year ago,it seemed like a dream for me to see an Afro-American as the President of the Most Powerful country on earth.Today,the reality has taken a strange turn.I wish Obama wasn’t elected this time and someone else had rather come.Why?Because I think Obama is put under immense pressure by Americans and other nations.Its been a difficult face for Americans and Obama has worked with dedication in these 100 days to fulfull that promise he made.

    I am happy with almost everything that he’s done in these 100 days: the closing a Gitmo Bay,the visit to various ‘needy’ nations and the economic sanctions.However,for him to help the country recover from Economic crisis and climate change,he’ll have to work harder.This is the time when most presidents enjoy some time of their presidency as new presidents.But Obama was made to work from DAY 1 and that’s why I wish he wasn’t elected.

    Being an Obama supporter,I’ll always wish him luck and my prayers are always with him.

  26. 28 Ponzing Zingman
    April 29, 2009 at 16:44

    President Obama’s 100 days in office is a success story. He should keep it, the world needs someone like him in this daring times of economic problem.

  27. 29 Blue Yorker
    April 29, 2009 at 16:46

    I know that my President did the best he could with the mountain of trouble he was left with by the Republican White House. Only God could have moved the mountain into the sea in 100 days.
    So I am happy how he has managed to juggle as much, including a trip overseas. He has invited so many people including the families of the White House staff. I like a President who is efficient and generous to all.
    I say 3 cheers Barack Obama, Michelle, the girls and Sir Bo, for the first 100 days, Hip Hip Hooray

  28. 30 Luci Smith
    April 29, 2009 at 17:03

    I feel like President Obama has re-energized the United States. I was born in Texas 50 years ago and I can not remember feeling this kind of respect for any President since LBJ bombed Vietnam. Since I am no longer an American citizen, I did not elect Obama, but I certainly do thank the people who did!
    Personally, I think that the biggest mistake Obama has made is withthe War in Afghanistan, which cannot be won.
    Otherwise, I think that he has done an incredible, admirable job. Starting with closing Guantanamo and right up to yesterday, where I heard that some of the Bush environmental blunders were going to be reversed.
    Obama has inherited the biggest mess since 1929 and I find the Republicans and others who do not respect him to be pretty limp.
    Shaking Hugo Chavez’s hand and listening at meetings is SO much better than bombing and torturing people. If there is one thing that the United States has lacked since the time of Ronald Reagan, it is intelligence – in many senses of the word. Obama is showing the world that the US still possesses some intelligence, thank goodness.

  29. April 29, 2009 at 17:08

    I’m deeply saddened to hear the residents in Oklahoma bring up issues of race. Race is not our problem in America right now, irresponsibility with the economy, the environment and our fellow nations are. President Obama is not a black president or a white president, he is an American president, and it’s the interests of the American people he has at heart. He can’t fix all of our problems and he won’t, so maybe we should stop playing the blame game – especially where race is involved – and do our best to solve our own problems. In the meantime, I believe he’s doing his best to solve our problems, too.

  30. 32 Anthony
    April 29, 2009 at 17:25

    @ Jennifer

    He’s black. Not African American. I HATE this term. First off for putting African before American….and second, he wasn’t born in Africa, he was born in America, and thirdly, his citizenship is American. I’m not Mexican, I’m hispanic. My grandparents might have been from there, but I’m 100% American. I hate that stupid term and take serious offense to it.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

    P.S. You don’t here people from other countruies crying about that, “I’m African British” or “I’m African French”, or “I’m African Puerto Rican”

  31. 33 Luci Smith
    April 29, 2009 at 17:33

    Just to say to Jennifer: I have had 2 legal abortions (and I am not an African American) and I do not think that anyone has exploited me. I do not know where you get off thinking that women should not be able to decide when or if they want to have children.
    Maybe Sarah Palin thinks it is o.k. to have a brood of kids that are doing stupid things and becoming miscredits to the human race, but I am her age and I do not. If a woman does not have the economic power and resources – including Mother-in-Law – to have children then it is wonderful to be able to have a legal abortion. My life and those of my (unborn) children are much better for it, as well as the men who did not end up paying child support for 18 years.When I was younger, before Roe vs. Wade, a lot of women had illegal abortions and many were infected and a lot died. That is the alternative. There are lots more children without parents than movie stars.

  32. 34 Luci Smith
    April 29, 2009 at 17:37

    Health Care for all and then help to all of the homeless and disenfranchised people that are without jobs and hope. Those are hopefully going to be the next steps for President Obama.
    He has spoken a lot about the working class and the middle class but I hope that he remembers to be the President for all of those people who have lost sight of The American Dream along the way, because there certanly are a lot of them.
    They are the people who you meet at the shelters and they do not always vote, but they need a President, too!

  33. 35 Abram
    April 29, 2009 at 17:48

    I think he is taking the current crisis in a very relaxed manner. I think he better keep those joking moments to the minimum. Whenever Obama is not being scripted by hia advisors and a teleprompter, he doesn’t seem to be able to say anything except for a few jokes and then small talk. I think there is always a time for levity. There is a time to break the ice. But now, on television, in front of the world, is not that time. Now is the time to get to work and to be serious. If the crises is as bad as we are continuously told then it is no laughing matter.

  34. 36 Benjamin
    April 29, 2009 at 18:00

    HA! these posts prove that the USA is far from being anywhere close to “post-racial.”

    Give Obama 100 more days. He still has a lot of clean up to do.

  35. 37 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    April 29, 2009 at 18:01

    As a permanent ex-patriot American, I’ve known for 25 years that American politicians couldn’t care less about ex-pats. We don’t count–literally: we are not even included in the US census.

    I felt vulnerable to hotheads retaliating after Reagan’s bombing of Libya, and after Clinton’s bombing of Sudan. I–and all Americans abroad–became very much more at risk after Bush’s unwarranted invasion of Iraq. “Make America safe for Americans” was the cry, but us ex-pats were put in greater jeopardy.

    Finally, with President Obama, I have hope that Americans, where ever they live, work or travel in the world, will be safe as a result of his sane, intelligent, measured policies.

  36. 38 Roger
    April 29, 2009 at 18:05

    Your interviews with “real voters” which were aired yesterday and today to gauge U.S. opinion of Obama’s performance have anecdotal interest at best. I don’t think the point that two-thirds of Americans currently believe he is doing a good job was underlined sufficiently. I came away from these conversations with “real voters” thinking that public opinion is far less positive than it is.

    My own opinion of Obama’s first 100 days is very favorable. I can certainly find a few minor points of criticism, and I am concerned about the ballooning national debt. However, I am thrilled with Obama’s fundamental policy approach and his presence, intelligence and drive. He has the makings of a truly great President.

  37. April 29, 2009 at 18:07

    Obama has been horrible these last 100 days…. its Carter 2.0

    He hasn’t done anything except quadruple our deficit and make our country look weak.

    I cannot help but to laugh at all the people saying Obama has done well in foreign policies. He has had numerous mistakes. here are just a few:
    1. he bowed to the head of Suadi Arabia
    2. he sat and listened to Hugo Chavez bash american and then took an anti-american book from the socialist leader.

    there are many more but I think my point is made. This is a perfect example of why the office of President is not a place for on the job training and this is what we get for electing an inexperienced leader.

    Anthony (reno, NV)

  38. 40 Dan
    April 29, 2009 at 18:08

    @ Anthony
    Thank You….I too hate the term African American. Say that to my Sister-in-Law and she will slug you.

    Despite what you said, most people believe that Obama closed Gitmo. He has good spin managers.

  39. 41 Dennis Junior
    April 29, 2009 at 18:09

    I would like President Obama to work on in his time in presidency:

    *Health Care Reform

    *Social Security (Reform) and stop allowing persons able to work to getting it in any form….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  40. 42 Jennifer
    April 29, 2009 at 18:16

    Throw accountability, responsibility, and respect for human life to t he wind. Make a mistake; it’s ok just have an abortion! Heck, have so many that you successfully prevent yourself from ever having children. No, am sorry, that’s a choice that MANY women wish they had not made and not one that women should EVER have to make.

    I guess noone can ever know how well off those unborn people are because they were murdered so that the one person supposed to protect and love them most could have “choice”.

    Poor Sarah; people just can’t let go of the fact that she is awesome and has so many great kids! Ohhh lala green eyed monster!

    My vote for Obama’s best moment so far is his special Olympics wisecrack! Some sense of humor!

  41. 43 Anthony
    April 29, 2009 at 18:18

    “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, especially if it was crumbling in the first place.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  42. 44 Jennifer
    April 29, 2009 at 18:19


    Barack Obama is bi-racial but everyone calls him our first African American president. I usually just say Barack Obama, (or O with friends) not the African American, Barack Obama. I don’t care what color he is; it’s his leadership that concerns me. People need to let him stand on his own two feet here! No more race crutch or George Bush crutch.

  43. 45 CarlosK
    April 29, 2009 at 18:22

    Hi WHYSayers!

    Wow! HE’S STILL ALIVE!! That’s the greatest achievement in his first 100 days.

    And he has exceeded my expectations. So far so good. I can’t wait to see the end, if the beginning is this good!

    @ Jennifer

    Why don’t you like president Obama? You’re highly critical but you have not given any coherent reason. Please explain further if it has nothing to do with the colour of his skin.

    Carlos, Kingston- Jamaica.

  44. 46 Venessa
    April 29, 2009 at 18:26

    I find it quite frightening that one of your guests thinks we should be legislating morality…..Whose morals does she think are superior to dictate how everyone should live?

  45. 47 Alison
    April 29, 2009 at 18:27

    I am so tired of people squawking about all the money the Obama people have spent (or have laid the groundwork for spending) in his first hundred days. Before we had 8 years where the budget suplus was squandered and millions were spent to kill people in far off places (including our own sons and daughters). Now finally we have a budget calling for spending on ourselves, our education, our infrastructure, our health and suddenly it is all too much. The talk is of mortgaging our children’s future with spending – but in fact we are finally spending for their future!

  46. 48 Michael
    April 29, 2009 at 18:28

    I was born in Kokomo, IN and moved away when I was in 2nd grade to central IN. Listening to the conservative right makes me glad that my parents moved us to a more progressive Indiana. Unfortunately these individuals are stuck in their outdated ideologues that prevent progress and the movement towards a greater society.

  47. 49 hawkeye
    April 29, 2009 at 18:29

    Americans never see the irony.

    You are in a shelter full of the victims of the income gap created over 8 years by GW Bush and you have people praising the policies and the corporations that have made them poor and homeless. But rather then understand that this is the result of Bush policies they are telling you that Obama hasn’t fixed everything in 100 days and is robbing them.

    Many European friends characterize Americans as silly, sweet and stupid. Listen to these people who speak to you without a sense of history-like last year’s events. People for whom fear is all they have. They spent eight years dumb and numb and had nothing to say. Now they all know how Obama is ruining their childrens’ future. How’d they get so smart so quickly?

    When these people prattle on about social issues like abortion or same sex marriage they are basically trying to avoid looking at their own real problems. They learned that from the right wing talkers and it is very sad.


  48. April 29, 2009 at 18:32

    Internationally, a lot is made of President Obama’s affect on America’s reputation. What a curious benchmark of accomplishment. What does having others like America mean for those Midwesterners? Perhaps if President Obama’s affect on America’s reputation accomplished something more directly related to those Midwesterners. For example, if European troops replaced the sons and daughters of Americans in Afghanistan, it would matter what Europeans think about America. Most European nations are reducing their commitments in Afghanistan or only offering more symbolic support. If Iran or North Korea surrendered their nuclear weaponization aspirations, it would mean something. But, both Iran and North Korea have expanded their nuclear weaponization programs. So, why do non-Americans really want Americans to care whether or not they’re like by them?

  49. 51 Peter sc
    April 29, 2009 at 18:33

    A baptism of fire for Obama. The economy , N Korea , Iran , Taliban , Right wing Israeli govt and now swine flu. He better make light of it with his jokes and laugh till the problems go away. Seriously either laugh or cry.

  50. 52 kris
    April 29, 2009 at 18:36

    it will take more than the first hundred days to start undoing all bush had 8 years to do. the republicans had 6 yrs where they ran EVERYTHING…and they ran it into the ground and ruined our reputation along with our finances…now they whine about high taxes/etc which we would not have to have if THEY hadn’t ran up the debt with thier useless made up war and their giving everything to the oil companies and the rich. obama is doing the best he can considering what he had to start with.

  51. 53 Bill
    April 29, 2009 at 18:36

    For the woman who can think of President Obama only as an “exporter of abortions”, I hope she will consider that in some countries, his restoration of family planning foreign aid has reduced the number of abortions, and that President Bush’s policy actually increased demand for abortions in some places.

    That foreign aid provides for family planning services, domestic abuse counseling, and other services that have measurably reduced the demand for abortion. This is true in at least two countries that measure those services.

  52. 54 Liz, Seattle WA
    April 29, 2009 at 18:36

    Obama has done much in 100 days: He has shut down Guantanamo, ameliorated diplomatic relations around the world, elevated the world’s opinion of the US, addressed the economic crisis, lifted the ban on stem cell research, and has set a foundation for more to come. Whereas Bush’s administration was wholly destructive toward the betterment of American well-being (think healthcare, science, foreign diplomacy, morality and warfare), Obama has taken the first steps to undo an 8-year catastrophe.

  53. 55 rob
    April 29, 2009 at 18:37

    It is not right to complain about the cost of recovery,very few people worried about the down turn in the ecconomy until electon time. That’s when the ones who made the most rlised they screwed up and stoped spending. In any ecconomy,when the rich stop spending;the rest suffer.And now it is the same people who made the mess,walking away from the table because the fix is going to cost all of us;but the big boys don’t want to share in the pain.

  54. 56 Venessa
    April 29, 2009 at 18:37

    How quickly everyone forgets that Bush took 8 years to get us into this mess with his war mongering and policies. You can’t turn around a tanker like you can a small speed boat. What do people expect? It’s only been 100 days!

  55. 57 Glenn
    April 29, 2009 at 18:37

    Why don’t people see that this overemphasis on the first 100 days is exactly the same short-sighted thinking that got us into this financial mess we’re in? On a cultural level we have become so obsessed with short-term instant gratification that we make bad financial choices (such as adjustable rate and/or sub-prime mortgages), bad eating choices (fast food–high in fat and low in nutrition), and we indulge in addictive behaviors (gambling, substance abuse, etc) in search of the “get-rich-quick-or-feel-good-immediately-without-having-to-pay-any-dues” version of the American dream. Step back, everyone, and give Obama a chance to fix things, but give it time.

    Also, I’m sick of the single-issue (abortion) Republicans who get on air and spout off unsubstantiated and irrelevant quotes about what Obama and the Democrats are doing or not doing–these folks are a small-minded group who believe that volume trumps truth–they don’t really care about anything except one issue and they’ll believe and trumpet any abhorrent and irrational line that Fox News tells them to say.

  56. 58 Gilberto
    April 29, 2009 at 18:38

    So all these “conservatives” who say they find President Obama’s policies “scary” were ok when Bush ran America into the ground? Where were these people when Bush unveiled his 2008/2009 budget, which was $3.1 trillion?

  57. 59 patti in cape coral fl
    April 29, 2009 at 18:39

    I am totally with the arabic speaker about people who care about unborn children much more that the children being maimed and killed in war.

  58. 60 Amanda
    April 29, 2009 at 18:40

    Let me get this straight: Republicans want less government, but they want legislation to make abortion and gay marriage to be illegal? Talk about hypocrisy.

  59. April 29, 2009 at 18:40

    Hi WHYSers!
    Though, I am obviously not American, I do feel there is a very real value in us being able to assess what was achieved by President Obama over these last one hundred days, however contrary. Clearly the jury is still out on the economic stimulus plan, though there are minor signs of returning confidence in terms of consumer spending, though that might well be as one CNN commentator said today, because of the lower than usual prices. His international diplomacy has also done much to repair an image of America as a place worthy, if not deserving of real pride, especially from non-Americans, in terms of just opening up dialogue with places like Iran and Cuba. In addition, his constant reminders of the need for forebearance and the message of hope have also been instrumental in cauterising, in some way, a potentially overwhelmingly negative situation, in terms of his updates on the economy, etc.

  60. April 29, 2009 at 18:40

    no… not good. Lobbyists and special interests groups in his cabinet… William Lynn. Tom Daschle. He has the flood gates open to pump troops into Afghanistan to chase the fictitious War On Terror and leave residual troops in Iraq for generations to come. Covert CIA war in Pakistan. He’s smooth and smart but his foreign policy and elitist money-hungry groups resemble Bush too much.

  61. 63 devona
    April 29, 2009 at 18:43

    I think that President is doing an excellent job with the hand he has been dealt. Kokomo (Howard County)is historically Republican and did not support Pres. Obama. No wonder most of the comments on today’s show are negative!

  62. 64 Al North Carolina
    April 29, 2009 at 18:43

    Having voted for Obama I am deeply disappointed in what he has done and is doing.
    We expected him to be a voice of the people and his actions have been that of just another corporate bag boy. The Democrats have the mandate to give us a single payer health care system yet this is not even on the table because of insurance and pharmaceutical interests! His handouts to the financial institutions as a reward for criminal activity is unconscionable. “Yes we can” obviously does not mean yes we will!

  63. April 29, 2009 at 18:43

    The conservatives in Indiana really do not represent the majority of American views. In fact, there is an overwhelming exodus from the conservative movement and from the Republican party.

    Those who cling to the issues of guns, gay marriage and abortion are hiding behind these to put forward a religious agenda, not a political agenda. Most of the country was scarred deeply by what Bush did, and his base was those who want to push this religious agenda. So it is no wonder that an ever increasing number of people are siding with the more liberal Democratic party and jumping from the conservative movement… which is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

    Portland, Oregon

  64. 66 Venessa
    April 29, 2009 at 18:44

    Well said to the guest that brought up the GDP. It is much lower now than it was in our last economic mess in the 80’s!

  65. 67 hawkeye
    April 29, 2009 at 18:44

    Oh no! TEA party people.

    Come on can’t you find real people. The TEA parties were a joke, a FOXy joke. Nowhere near a million people turned up and those folks that did didn’t seem to know why they were there.

    This isn’t about Obama’s first 100 days as much as it is about the American “no nothing-ism”. Remember the “No Nothing Party” of the 19th Century? They were saying pretty much the same stuff. Check ’em out.


  66. 68 Paul Barrett
    April 29, 2009 at 18:44

    John Wayne must be turning in his grave given the extraordinarily bad name that GWB has given to cowboys.
    President Obama has started to make the hard decisions to put America back on the rails. Hopefully he will not be put off by the religious right and the ignorant do-gooders.
    The world still looks to the US for direction and he has made a great start to putting the world to rights.
    Keep up the good work!

  67. April 29, 2009 at 18:44

    Obama has to solve the social issues of America first. His views on abortion have impacted and terrorized the minds of many Americans. Though not an American myself, he has to realize that America sets the trend for many countries across the world. Whether they like America or not, leaders across the world use it as a benchmark on social and international policies. Imagine how his pro-abortion views may destroy the lives of many unborn babies around the world.

  68. 70 J. Haugen
    April 29, 2009 at 18:45

    Frankly, I am excited when I hear ardent opponents of President Obama complain about his policy. These are the same people responsible for the mindset that, over the last 8 years, has driven the country into the ground. Their emphatic repudiation of his policy indicates to me that he is doing a stellar job and deserves great praise.

  69. 71 Jan
    April 29, 2009 at 18:45

    What is to be gained by letting the big corporations and high wage earners continue to run our country as they did under Reagan and Bush? They got us into this mess by removing legitimate government controls on the business world and by supporting the ridiculous war in Iraq.

  70. 72 Erin in California
    April 29, 2009 at 18:45

    Obama’s tax rates are lower than Reagan’s were. I think this is something that’s missing from the dialogue, especially because so many people on the right bring up Reagan an example of what they desire.

    I would also like to address the Kokomo speaker who said he is “number one on the domestic terror list.” What he is addressing is the Homeland Security report outlining general characteristics of possible right-wing extremists; this is not a list, and in fact a similar report on left-wing extremists came out a few months ago. Let’s keep our dialogue free of this kind of hyperbole in order to unite as a nation. Obama is not profiling conservatives or suggesting that God-fearing veterans are terrorists.

  71. 73 jpsartre
    April 29, 2009 at 18:46

    Message to the whining republicans in your audience: Your are NO LONGER INCONTROL OF THIS COUNTRY!! Message to World Have Your Say staff: Why are you giving that one man who is stunningly ignorant so much air time to trash the President??

    Born in OREGON, USA and proud of it (except for people like the duffus I mentioned.

  72. 74 Ogola Benard
    April 29, 2009 at 18:46

    In ideal thinking, we don’t blame individuals but the policies?

  73. 75 Jenny Ouzounian
    April 29, 2009 at 18:48

    Abraham Lincoln said you can’t please all of the people all of the time. When you give an audience to people’s crticism, that is what you will get criticism. And it is far easier to criticize than do affect change, which is what Obama has to do. In the first hundred days, he has done more than any other president I can remember. He supported Equal pay for equal work for women. He has put more money in the middle class pockets by revising tax code. I got a refund for the first time in ages this year. He has started to bring us out of Iraq, he has addressed Afgahnistan where terrorism started. He will close Guantanamo which was a stain on Americas reputation. He has engaged world leaders in a way Bsuh never did.

    After the royal mess that the Bush Administration left us, he has performed miracles in the first hundred days. I hope he turns to the health care mess, and corporations profiteering off the poor health of citizens of our country.

  74. 76 TJ
    April 29, 2009 at 18:49

    I believe Obama has done a wonderful job in turning around the negative policies of the Bush administration. He has opened stem cell research to the scientific community. This is expected to lead to tremendous health care advances. Unfortunately, those who place the embryo or fetus above the welfare of the woman, will benefit from these advances as well.

    Obama has also exposed the “Pro-Life” movement for what it does: foster terrorists. The real threat by these lunatics are faced by abortion providers, which SAVE women’s lives everyday.

  75. 77 Anthony
    April 29, 2009 at 18:49

    @ Obama’s joking

    Are you guys serious? Don’t you guys remember Bushes STUPID jokes? His were MUCH worse.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  76. 78 Jonathan (dazzling San Francisco)
    April 29, 2009 at 18:50

    I need to correct the man who keeps arguing against government spending. Deficits from periods of recession are balanced by revenues from future periods of growth. President Reagan incurred massive deficits, and fifteen years later, there was a surplus. The current spending on construction and research is much more productive than Reagan’s spending on weaponry.

    San Francisco

  77. 79 max
    April 29, 2009 at 18:50

    simpletons…exhausting. (the people on the radio)

  78. 80 mlatta
    April 29, 2009 at 18:50

    As someone who grew up in Kokomo, I was very excited to hear my past neighbors voices on the air. My excitement was short lived, however, when it became plain that the heavily Republican mindset of Kokomo has not changed one iota. To all the fiscal and social conservatives: where were you in the past 8 years? How can the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, the torturing of detainees, and the rampant spending of the last 8 years go unnoticed by you and receive such little push back. But now suddenly with Obama in office after a short 100 days, you believe that America is on the brink of destruction? While I have no doubt your beliefs are well intentioned, your timing makes your actions come off as hypocritical and – to perfectly honest- tinged with racism and fear mongering. Shame on you. You’ve had 8 years to wage protest and did nothing. And now that we have a president who actually wants to invest in American jobs- jobs which Kokomo is so heavily dependent upon- you have the audacity to feign outrage?

    • 81 Nick
      April 29, 2009 at 19:06

      Sounds like these people in Kokomo are being brainwashed by too much Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh… they sound like a bunch of fear mongers. More proof that our nation’s heartland is sadly lost…

  79. 82 Jason, Vancouver WA
    April 29, 2009 at 18:51

    President Obama is supporting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which would allow our law enforcement to permanently confiscate any electronics devices without cause or a warrant. This law undermines our 4th Amendment rights to due process. Do a Google search for “electronics law confiscate” and you’ll see the real world effects of similar policies.

  80. 83 Bill
    April 29, 2009 at 18:52

    One of the biggest mistakes made in the Great Depression was made under President Hoover who tried to balance the budget by increasing taxes and cutting government spending. The stimulus is sound economics and without it the country and the world would b thrown into another Great Depression. Obama is doing a great job but Americans are too impatient and want immediate results. It took 8 years to get into this mess and it may take that long to get us out of it.

  81. 84 Shane
    April 29, 2009 at 18:54

    I believe Ann was stating that how in our wondrous “capitalistic society” the government should not have taken issue forcing out the CEO of GM. I say that when the government, and by extension the taxpayers are involved in a massive financial bailout of these super-companies, the right and responsibility fall on those controlling the purse strings to make sure that money is being spent wisely. In the case of an uncooperative and financially irresponsible GM leadership cabal, I am happy the government stepped in and and put steep regulations and sharp watch dogging on this “capitalist marvel”.

  82. 85 Jonnan
    April 29, 2009 at 18:55

    I live in Boone County and work in Indianapolis, and I am amazed at the number of people that claim “Both Bush and Obama have unbalanced the budget” – but were no where to be seen for the eight years of the Bush administration.

    The fact is that the money Bush allowed to be wasted in Iraq is gone. We had Billions or dollars stolen without oversight. The Money Obama is spending is an investment, and this theory that “Simple Economics show you can’t spend money without taking money from people” is simply no true – it assumes that there is no return on investment.

    An assumption that has long been proved untrue. Keynesian Economics works. It has a track record. The “Capitalism Without Any Regulation” school of Economics *also* has a track record. It doesn’t work.


  83. 86 Venessa
    April 29, 2009 at 18:55

    Where were the tea party protests when bush was in office?

  84. 87 Ralph
    April 29, 2009 at 18:55

    Americans are fond of talking about their “freedom” and that their government should not “interfere” in their lives, yet do not seem to mind it interfering in other countries. Or the Pentagon’s obscene and “jobs for the boys” waste.

    They complain about taxes, yet ignore their tax-funded wars; taxpayers were l8ied to and ripped off trillions of dollars by their president about Iraq. Ask the soldiers and Iraqis how “free” they feel! Taxes are spent on people – the absurd notion that people have less to spend if they are taxed ignores the obvious – that if people need to spend less on health (a massive rip-off in the US), education, etc., they do have more to spend in the store.

    Finally (although I could go on!), I am always astonished that Americans consider themselves basically Christian, when a central tenet of Jesus was “love your enemies”. As Nietsche said:”The last Christian died on the cross”. Americans are chuch-goers – not Christians. Look at yourselves and how you have been brainwashed, Americans! Very few of us envy America, despite what it likes to think.

  85. 88 Alison
    April 29, 2009 at 18:56

    BIPARTISANSHIP = two parties working together instead of against each other. Obama did not want to end Bipartisanship, he wanted to implement it. He tried to get members of the other party in his inner circle, his cabinet. Unfortunately the men choses mostly ran back to the constricting arms of their rock-ribbed Republican party, dashing Obama’s hopes of true Bipartisan cooperation top deal with the enormous problems left by the past administration.
    Please use this word with its proper meaning.

  86. 89 CJ McAuley
    April 29, 2009 at 18:58

    I just tuned and will “listen again” to the show later, but I am surprised by the vitriol I have heard so far. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents lived through the end of the British Empire, we are witnesses to the beginning of the end of the “American Empire” with all the upheaval that will cause. When combined with global climate change, global monetary crisis and things like potential terrorism and pandemics, is is indeed a heady brew! I do believe that Obama has the temperment to steer the huge supertanker that the USA is through these times.

  87. 90 Mark
    April 29, 2009 at 18:58

    Americans need to consider the Obama’s philosophy. We want government to arrest bad banks and help car companies, but want small government. We dont want 9-11s but dont care about world opinion about the US. In my view, he has assessed the problem well and has taken a sensible approach. Even if a policy or 2 is inconvenient, on the whole, the broad philosophical approach is likely to result in success for most people and the world thet The US must share with others.

  88. 91 mike ring
    April 29, 2009 at 19:05

    I congratulate Mr. Obama on his first 100 days. I am glad he is our president and not John McCain or George W Bush.

    I am disappointed that he has so many of the architects of the current US financial failures as advisors. I don’t expect bank nationalization though it is necessary,

    I don’t expect him to prosecute Bush, Cheney et al for war crimes or torture though it is necessary. Torture and war crimes prosecution would be a step forward not backward.

    I feel it remains to be seen if he can help eliminate the self destructive partisanship so rampant in DC.

    I am disappointed that he is not going to end the wars in Iran and Iraq now.

    I could go on but you get the idea.

    Mike Ring, 4/29/09 San Francisco, CA, USA

  89. 93 Jennifer
    April 29, 2009 at 19:23

    I know this probably won’t be posted but TJ, really how can you say that people who respect and want every unborn child to have a chance to live is a terrorist?

    Visit http://www.abortionno.org to see what choice really is. Listen to or watch Kathy Ireland speak about abortion. As someone who used to believe in “choice”, I have to say that many people just don’t know what “choice” they are advocating for.

    There is a big difference between unborn children and going to war.

    Barack Obama is letting down the beautiful women of his own race with his abortion policies!!

    • May 1, 2009 at 05:22

      Jennifer…what’s the “big difference” between unborn childern and Iraqi babies being bombed to pieces by American military figher jets?

  90. April 29, 2009 at 19:24

    I wonder where all of the scrutiny was eight years ago. When war was being waged in the wrong place? How much did that war cost? I wonder where the pundits were even when Bush senior was in office funneling moneys to the Middle East and Bin Laden? Did Anyone even notice their first hundred days? I didnt!

    That said President Obama is a Black Man. President of a country built on the backs of slaves and taken from Native Americans. No doubt, there is a double standard. He will prove each and every naysayer wrong in due time. Of course there wont be many fans in Indiana. I believe the Ku Klux Klan Marches there annually Downtown Indianapolis. If they dont like him now just wait until a slavery reparations bill gets passed.

    His first one hundred days have proven to be historic. He will be the best President the United States has seen. Europe loves him. He single handedly improved the reputation of America just with his presence. Great Britain, know how to recognize a King. Africa give him a bit more time hell be there with more help to save you all from botched abortions, genocide etc….

    America will return to its glory. However, it will take planning to usher in a new era of energy creation, and technology. President Obama has clearly demonstrated his ability to leverage technology to accomplish specific goals. Undefined change. Ask Alan Spector what that means….

    • April 30, 2009 at 18:17

      are you really for real..?? please don’t tell me you you really meant all those comments. as a Nigerian, i feel very vashamed of your comments! i mean its people like you that play the race card at every single gimmick! people like you that make Africans look at themselves as victims – Africa should solve her problems! let Obama solve YOUR country’s problems – not as a Black man but as an American…

  91. 97 April (Carmel, IN)
    April 29, 2009 at 19:27

    I just want to assure WHYS listeners that not all people in Indiana are as narrow-minded as those representing Kokomo. President Obama is not perfect, but neither is anyone else. I e-mailed WHYS during the broadcast & have no idea whether my brief comment made it on air, but I am glad to see other U.S. & Indiana citizens coming to the President’s defense after the the disappointing comments made by local Rebublicans. They obviously just wanted to soften their stance by stating they support Obama but not his policies. Fear (OF CHANGE) is their primary motivation. Even the “tea parties” were completely misguided—our forefathers were intelligent enough not to say they were against taxes—taxation without representation was their concern—apparently they need to go back & re-read their history books— the leg they are standing on is weak, which is why they fell.(& why they need & will benefit from President Obama’s policies more than they will admit)

  92. 98 Jonathan (dazzling San Francisco)
    April 29, 2009 at 19:27

    President Obama has made me again proud to be an American. He has intellect, wisdom, wit, curiosity, knowledge of history, and excellent judgment, he understands the world and its cultures, he actually listens to people, he gives and gets respect, and he knows that real security can only come from earning good will in the world, not by war and torture.

    The parochial perspective of the hostile crowd in Kokomo is sad and embarrassing. I suspect that most of them have never been outside the United States. They offer only numbing repetition of simplistic and misguided right wing propaganda points rather than any original ideas. They had their way for eight years, and it left us a smoking ruin.

    San Francisco

  93. 99 Bert
    April 29, 2009 at 19:40

    To me, race has nothing to do with Obama’s presidency so far, and thank goodness for that. He’s done nothing that I can see to make race an issue.

    On balance, I am both skeptical and worried about his aggressive government bail-out policy. I was even amazed and astonished that he would resist having banks give back the bailout money now, and fend for themselves. That socialist leaning is the most troubling thing, as far as I’m concerned.

    Also, I didn’t like his subservient behavior in Saudi Arabia. That doesn’t represent the American people.

    His policies with respect to Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, torture, are all great. A breath of fresh air.

    His policy on Afghanistan is a little puzzling. Afghanistan was, IMO, a justifiable operation initially, but it can easily become another Vietnam as it drags on. As it is doing. If the people of Afghanistan aren’t with us on this, if they prefer the Taliban, then it’s time to pull out and just be sure we don’t let any of them in our borders.

    I’m glad he won the election and I wish him the best. We need to keep in mind, we did not elect him because he’s a great economist. And the mere fact that he won the election does not make him a great economist.

  94. 100 Mike
    April 29, 2009 at 19:52

    Being from Indiana, I am embarassed by a majority of those that you interviewed from Kokomo; not everyone in Indiana is as closed minded as them.

    I am pround of President Obama’s 1st 100 days.

  95. 101 Tom K in Mpls
    April 29, 2009 at 19:55

    People need to remember some things. It is rare that any action that any US politician takes will show a real result in less than two years. It took me 4 years to realize that Reagan was an economic genius. Those days were hard for me. The best we can do is overlook the opinions that scream glory or hate and work to a reasonable end.

    April 29, 2009 at 20:11


    To evaluate Obama, one needs to remember the circumstances under elected. People were tired of bad leadership. Having said that, we have not yet understood who he is in terms of what he will practically achieve in terms of good internal and external policies. Much of what he is doing now is what was created by George Bush. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan etc even the so called stimulus packages that have been made popular all around the world. All these were Bush creation and no one has brought new ideas.
    Yes there is change but it is still minimal because the time frame in which we are evaluating him is still very short. We can’t ignore the goodwill that he has continued to get from Americans and foreigners alike. It is surprising that everyone seems to have disappeared off the scene; Robert Mugabe, Abas, Muktada Al Sadr, Sakasvili, Chaves– they all seem to have faded in the background in order to give him a wide berth. He is not yet tried in order for us to know what kind of a president he is. What will he do if he gets angry?
    As to the divided opinions concerning Obama’s presidency, what is happening in America is no different from what happened when the opposition guys came to power here in Kenya. Skeptics should be listened to because in a short span of time a revolution against bad governance was won and killed immediately and we are still reeling in disbelief. It is a time of change in America and the world and people expect a lot at once. Will it be possible? What Americans need to know is that there is no situation where Obama succeeds and they don’t. Likewise, failure of Obama will be failure of America.
    You are all in for it and that includes outsiders as well.

  97. 103 Jason, Vancouver WA
    April 29, 2009 at 20:49

    It’s impossible to grade him because he’s all over the board (examples listed below). He ignores campaign promises one moment (Guantanamo Bay Prison camp us still open for example), and then he gives the go ahead for releasing Top Secret memos and also allowing prosecution of those involved in the war crimes. If anything can be said, is that this shows he’s listening to everybody and doing his best to stay balanced.

    I like his $32B into college aid, his transparency with his website and declassification of Top Secret memos, and to some regards his new regulatory list on civilian owned weapons.

    I don’t like any plan which sings to the tune of “Trillion Dollars”, nor do I like his continuing support of bills and groups that ignore our 1st and 4th Amendment rights (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and of course the Homeland Security as two examples).

  98. 104 patti in cape coral fl
    April 29, 2009 at 20:55

    I think Jennifer made me like Obama even more… I really think the right needs to get their $*%$^ together so they can attract a more diverse following, not just one narrow strip of the population.

  99. 105 Bryan
    April 29, 2009 at 21:29

    His record so far is mixed. As a socialist firmly ensconced on the left, he supported abortion before he became president. It’s depressing to see the leader of the free world endorsing such “progressive” policies as the killing of the unborn. I’d like to know what is “progressive” about ending life before it has a chance to truly begin. Regressive is more like it.

    Obama appears to have surrounded himself with a number of quite dim, inexperienced and naive people to advise him and help run his administration. This is borne out by major blunders such as the ridiculous gift of an ipod to Gordon Brown and the buzzing of the Statue of Liberty by low flying aircraft without even informing the mayor of New York, leading to great anxiety among those who thought they were about to suffer another 9/11 attack and an indignant reaction from the mayor.

    On the plus side I have noticed that when it comes to Israel he is careful not to criticize any of the country’s actions and he certainly steers clear of any identification with fashionable anti-Israel hysteria. Given the kind of company he kept, like the reverend Wright, I never would have thought Obama would turn out to be a supporter of Israel, but it certainly seems that he is.

    Obama appears to have a good grasp of what is at stake in the Middle East conflict and has not pulled his punches in his disapproval of Iran as a supporter and promoter of terrorism and he actually uses the dreaded T-word when speaking of Iran. (The BBC should learn from him and stop tiptoeing so delicately around the T-word when describing terrorists; they are not “militants” or “extremists.”) He seems to have moderated his original eagerness to talk to Iran, expressed during his campaign, and will now talk to the Iranians if they “unclench their fist.”

    In short, he has turned out not to be quite the disaster I thought he would be.

  100. 107 Bruce, Hobart
    April 29, 2009 at 21:56

    The political machinations of Washington may take their toll on Obama, as they did on Bill Clinton.

    Bill was frustrated a great deal in his early days of office as it became clear that there were industrial and political interest groups that wanted to assert their own agendas upon the newly-elected, fresh-faced leader and his wife, Hillary.

    It will take a truly great leader, with the support of the public at large, to overcome these commercial and political influences attempting to maintain a democratically unhealthy status quo.

  101. 108 Alcina
    April 30, 2009 at 00:46

    I am very disappointed in Obama. I hoped for a more cooperation and consideration for all views, but his administration and actions have completely ignored half the country. He didn’t win by a landslide and so he shouldn’t forget the other half of his constituents. I think some of his appointees are extremely unqualified. If you are from anywhere else just remember that the US media is so incredibly biased that they only present one side of the story and absolutely will not criticize Obama, particularly NBC. You have to go the blogs and the internet to get the real picture. But the real crazies are some of the House dems who make me depressed to be a part of this party anymore. Not all Democrats want a socialist government, but don’t agree with Republican views either. Where is the place for us to be heard? By the way, people like Jonathon are real hypocrites. You don’t know anything about the people of Kokomo yet you feel free to denigrate them and lump then into a stereotype. Sort of like saying the people of San Francisco are all gay socialists that belong to PETA. Why is it that you think that your opinion is the only one that is okay? You make me sick.

  102. 109 Greg from Oklahoma
    April 30, 2009 at 08:19

    Like so many other listeners, I was also saddened by the comments of those interviewed in Oklahoma. I find it hard to believe that this was the only perspective discovered among Oklahomans by this journalist.

    I was extremely disappointed in the comments that were made by those who were interviewed as well as the one-sided portrayal of Oklahomans as narrow minded, uninformed, and even racist. I do not doubt that these attitudes can, unfortunately, be found here , especially in certain parts of the state. I expect that the same attitudes can be found in isolated areas of several southern states. The local radio talk show host who was interviewed represents the extremist Limbaugh/Hanity crowd that can also be found throughout the U.S.

    As a long-time devoted listener, I am disappointed in the BBC for not providing a more accurate and balanced report on the continuum of views in Oklahoma. While the state is no doubt slanted toward the right, there are still a great number of us who are liberal/progressive, and who support President Obama wholeheartedly. We have two urban metropolitan areas of the state, each with a substantial sophisticated and educated population. We have active progressive political organizations, gay and lesbian communities, commitment to the arts, and racial diversity.

    I hope that the BBC will present the other side of Oklahoma in a follow-up report. You can begin with our wonderful NPR affiliates, who I’m sure can point you in the right direction to identify progressive political and religious organizations, as well as prominent liberal leaders who are making a difference.

  103. 110 Ottilie
    April 30, 2009 at 08:26

    I am very proud of Obama’;s first 100 days. I am very sorry that this lady in Kokomo chooses to focus only on the question of abortion — it is exactly that kind of divisive politics that got us into trouble in the first place.

    Obama has inherited a mess that actually began with Reagonomics. Give the guy a break! It will take a good three-four years to get out of it. He’s a very intelligent president, but not a magician.

    As for the gentleman [Craig?} on the program worried about deficit spending:

    a] the experience of the Depression shows that stimulous spending in such a crisis is crucial,

    b] Obama plans to halve the deficit within four years,

    c] Why are you not worried about the huge waste of money – not to mention the tragic loss of life -that has been the Iraqi war?

    With all due respect, it seems rather hypocritical.

    Reagan was for ‘small government’ and yet deficit spending ballooned under vhis administration.

    To be honest, I feel these attacks are motivated by rascism.

  104. 111 Ron
    April 30, 2009 at 13:55

    Imust respond to what a few of the previous individls have said. To label those in attendance here in Kokomo as close minded and hostile is unjustified. Yes there were some strong opinions, but hostile is the farthesty from the truth. If anyone wants to look for hostility, look to inferred accusations form people like “Rocky Williams” in his statement about KKK marches in Indianapolis. Many of those in attendance, although they disagree with Obama’s policies do support him as our elected President. He is prayed for, and at least my children are taught o honor and respect him as our leader. Can that be said for all of you when you do not agree with a current leader?

  105. 112 Ibrahim in UK
    April 30, 2009 at 16:34

    To me, he is the same America but with a smile.
    He speaks of ending the culture of lobby influence, but continues to allow Israel and the Zionist lobby to dictate US foreign policy and dictate who is allowed to be appointed to which position of influence (see Charles Freeman), and continue to funnel US taxpayers money to support an illegal and immoral occupation.
    His only other “allies” in the Middle East are repressive dictatorships, whom he continues to bribe with US taxpayers money, and gives them the green light for developing nuclear energy to compete with Iran.
    He intensified sanctions against Iran because they are developing nuclear energy, but speaks smilingly of “opportunities”
    He speaks of “withdrawing” from Iraq but leaving 50,000 troops, several permanent military bases and the biggest US embassy to oversee the Iraqi occupation.
    He wants to close Guantanamo Bay and end torture, but won’t bring the guilty to justice or end the renditions.

    100 days is too short a time to judge, but decades of a consistently corrupt foreign policy indicates that the rot is deeper than the name of the president.

  106. April 30, 2009 at 18:08

    I am not an american, so i may not have enough ground to say this or that about his first 100 days. but i supported Obama because of his policies and ideology. i think the problem is, we have some extremely conservative people in the United States who are hell bent on seeing Mr Obama fail. i may be wrong though, but that’s the vibe i am getting – especially when i read almost racists and ignorant comments from American’s like Jennifer…

    so how is he doing? under this circumstances – i think he’s doing ok. i mean, we have older and “wiser” presidents doing worse than he, and i particularly like the way he’s going about with the likes of Iran and Chavez….


  107. April 30, 2009 at 18:13

    Many folks are saying that Obama has too much on his shoulders…that he can’t accomplish what is necessary…it’s too much.
    I say that he is LEADING us, not carrying us. It is the shoulders of the American people, on whose backs is the burden, not Obamas. WE can handle it.
    To Hades with the nay-sayers.

  108. 115 Syed Hasan Turab
    April 30, 2009 at 18:59

    Oboma sound like thoustic leader of a great nation, who is struggling with careless & irresponsible leadership.
    If he suceed to change the foreign policy specially with Isriel & India may safe USA from isolation, as far as N. Korea, Vanazola, Iran & Cuba are concerned appears to me ” SAND CASTLE” in the middle of rustic & worm out US leadeship without any base, reason & concern.
    Impact of foreign policy been observed on US economy too.
    Any financial backup to US evil business community may be understand systematic failour of “Capitalism” or promotion of Nationalisation & Socialisation, any way social reforms are indicating ” Welfare Pride Society” in USA.
    Under this uncertain sitution he need to adopt clear principal’s of his change.

  109. 116 Dinesh
    May 2, 2009 at 18:39

    The Obama Govt has successfully calmed down the economic flare-up and turmoil started during Bush Govt.
    The biggest global challenge Obama is facing is the calming down the regional wars and tensions created by Bush Govt, in Middle East, Afghan / Pakistan. He needs to establish a dedicated task team which will closely work with US allies.
    Obama and other world leaders of Russia, and Europe have to understand – Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, LET, are all ticking time bombs for the world and when they are finished with their task in Central Asia, Pakistan & Afghanistan they will successfully find their way to the WEST.

    Pakistan is on brink of a Civil war and Afghanistan will be soon swallowed by the terrorists and these two countries will become the launching pad for world terrorism.

    Obama and his Govt. have to spend some extra time on the growing nightmare. Obama Govt has to understand – once terrorism is established it will be impossible to uproot this mess and I feel Obama Govt has done very little in this direction in its first 100 days. I am sorry to say – but Bush has left a plate full of problems for Obama – and he will have to give more time to this growing problem.

  110. May 9, 2009 at 12:32

    Good luck to President McAbel. Yes he can!

  111. 118 Saleh
    May 11, 2009 at 03:56

    Civilians are still dying in Pakistan and Afghanistan!
    Israel, with new extreem right leadership is still occupying Palestine and humiliating people!
    World economy is still suffering!
    The UN is still a weak and bureaucratic organization!
    I agree, however, the world has become less dangerous with Mr. Obama in office and look forward to the future with hope.

  112. 119 telling it like it is 2009
    August 6, 2009 at 05:36

    I voted for Obama in Nov. 2008, and I don’t regret it one bit. He and his administration have done more in 100 days than the previous admin did in eight years.

    Some people will never look at anything objectively. Obama a “disaster”????? Where in the world is *that* coming from???

    As far as I’m concerned, the better man won, and I’m glad to say I helped make it happen. It’s nice to see thoughtful, well planned responses to things, and some actual help for regular folks such as myself.

    The bottom line is that unlike the previous two elections, a person like me feels a bit more hopeful now that there’s been a change. Yes, we still have problems, problems that Obama inherited BTW, but he’s working on them.

  113. August 10, 2009 at 18:59

    People of the US,I know so many of you are out of jobs and cannot wait to get working again.Do not worry,Obama will do his best. Things will not move as fast as you people have thought. It will surely be fine. It require all of you doing it together with Mr.Obama. There is nothing like failure in the plan of Mr.Obama.The market is pickingup again, but gradual. Keep your heads up high and work within your range for the time being.
    I think you people have seen the reality that companies had to be reshape(ie, GM,Chysler, etc..)This is just some of the realities that you must face. In your hard times, you are still better than many countries in your category. Unemployment data are coming short of estimated data. These are good signs.

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