The 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?