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April 22nd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama's biggest accomplishment in first 100 days?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A week from today will mark President Barack Obama's 100th day in office. And whether you agree with him or not - it's fair to say that the president has been one busy guy. According to one report - a top White House aide says of the 100-day marker: "This isn't Biblical. You don't do 100 days and rest," but acknowledges that President Obama's first 100 days have been the most productive since FDR's.

First 100 Days: What has been President Obama's greatest accomplishment?

Here's only some of what's been on the president's plate:

- When it comes to the economy: the passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, the bank bailout plan and housing recovery measures.

- Setting a fixed timetable for withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and ordering an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan.

- Ordering the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison and ending the use of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."

- Lifting President Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.

- Meeting with leaders around the world, promising a new era of American leadership and cooperation.

And there's no indication Mr. Obama plans to slow down any time soon. The White House often speaks of his top goals of reviving the economy, health care and energy. And then there's education, immigration, tax reform. and on and on...

But some wonder if by trying to do so much, the president could wind up accomplishing little.

Here’s my question to you: As he prepares to mark his first 100 days in office, what has been President Obama's greatest accomplishment?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Michael writes:

President Obama's greatest accomplishment (as a result of the actions you've listed) has been restoring hope to the American people. There is a sense of optimism, even in these troubled economic times.

Albert from Los Angeles writes:

On January 20th, President Obama escorted George W. Bush out of town and thereby made the world a safer place to live. Any other good deeds will only come second to that on a list of great accomplishments.

Kelby from Houston writes:

His greatest accomplishment so far has got to be the stimulus package. Getting that through Congress was a pretty big deal.

Matt writes:

His biggest accomplishments: 1) Creating the biggest deficit in the history of this country. 2) Ensuring that the next two to three generations will have a reduced standard of living. 3) Doing nothing to ensure the safety of our borders. 4) Creating the legacy of even bigger government.

Casey writes:

I think his greatest accomplishment has been to not allow himself to be bogged down by all of the conservative attacks. He's been the thoughtful, insightful and rational leader we needed years ago. By keeping his head on straight and his agenda clear ahead of him, picking off projects one by one, he's done well to keep us calm and collected when all seems to be falling apart.

Danny from Sydney, Australia writes:

Jack, Take it from an Australian: President Obama's greatest accomplishment so far is restoring American leadership around the globe. You have an American president the rest of us are proud to call the leader of the free world.

Roshad writes:

Finally selecting a dog for his daughters.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Jim S Gardendale, Alabama

    Jack, I believe Obama's greatest accomplishment in his first 100 days ares three fold. First of all, he's showed a willingness to listen, which is very refreshing after the aloof and secretive Bush administration. Secondly, he's tried to repair the foriegn relations fences that Bush and Cheney tore down. Last, but not least, he's attacked the terrible economic situation with vigor and an unyeilding attitude despite the constant criticism and obstructionist attitude of the Republicans as well as their unfair accusations of socialism etc. I think the man is doing the very best he can considering the mess he was handed to deal with.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  2. Reader from Canada

    The biggest accomplishment is that he acted as a President with good heart and sharp mind with an eagle eye.- not to mention that he crushed the loyal opposition to no opposition..

    April 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  3. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Jack, I can tell you what his worst accomplishment was. He used extremely BAD judgement when He insisted on confirming Tim Geitner as his Secy of the Treasury in spite of the fact that he had cheated on his income tax. Then, as a means of thanking Obama, he approved the obscene bonuses to AIG employees who had just received a huge bailout from the goverment. Putting Geitner in charge of the treasury, is tantamount to putting the fox in charge of the hen house, REALLY !!!!!! the TREASURY !!!

    April 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  4. Supergirllondon@Twitter

    Obama's greates achievement in 100 days can be summed up in 1 word: Diplomacy.

    Day 101 is when diplomacy is when Obama walks the walk and starts to toughen up.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  5. Jenny

    For a long time many Americans turned and began to ignore politics. They felt as though there was nothing they could do anyway. So why bother?
    It seems though, that people are beginning to listen up once again and become involved, which is what made our country great to begin with. I think the American people saw someone who had everyone’s attention, speaking out on their behalf, and expressing his anger at the way things were being done. This gave us the inspiration to speak out as well. Obama served as a strength for everyone to stand behind and speak out. Everyone has a voice and it is up to each individual whether or not they are heard. I think Obama’s greatest accomplishment is inspiring the American people to find our voice again…and use it.

    Jenny Charleston, WV

    April 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  6. Gail, Plano Texas

    President Obama has restored dignity and respect for the office. Despite what the Republicans say, he is everything the American people could hope for in a President. If the first 100 days portend the rest of his term, we are in for quite a ride! Good question, Jack!

    April 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  7. Joe G. (Illinois)

    According to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and other Liberal Democrats.. Obama created/saved Trillions upon Trillions of dollars worth of jobs.. How you may ask..? By spending Trillions upon Trillions of dollars “But don’t count the Trillions of scheduled Interest Payments because those don’t create jobs for Americans.. Only the other trillions do.. So there you have it.. That’s your answer.. Now.. I like to see the Press Secretary do a better job!

    April 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  8. Mageen Virginia

    I am a member of that cohort which is battling macular degeneration. It isn't fun. I hear that stem cells can be a huge help in saving eyesight from this degeneration. Since there are millions of us who would benefit greatly from this, I would propose that lifting the stem cell research limitation is President Obama's best work of the first 100 days of his administration inasmuch as it is not only taking a lot of us out of darkness but keeping even more in the light.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  9. Lesley Anne

    I think it has been that he kept his campaign promises of implementing new plans for the future of the country, making changes in the way we do business. He campaigned on helping the middle class, education, energy, the economy, health care, improving infrastructure, etc. and he is tackling each one of those problems head on. There is a long way to go because each of those problems is only a portion of what needs to be done, but he has shown that he can walk and chew gum at the same time and hopefully the slow congress will come awake and attempt to keep up with him.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  10. Greg Ontario

    As a Canadian I can tell you he has completely erased the negative effects of 8 years of Bush. I think it's safe to say that he has at least improved the relations with Americas other trading partners and allies.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  11. ralph mcfarland

    Becoming President of the United States of America!
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    April 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  12. Don in Boca Raton

    Jack, I'd say his achievement is in putting the cynics to rest about if he has the "right stuff" to get the country back in order. The economy is showing signs of life, we squashed three pirates and got our captain back safely with one slick plan, our forgien allies want to work with us again.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  13. Ellie, Kansas

    To ignore all the negative comments about him and his administration by all the jealous people, and that is a big accomplishment for the first 100 days.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  14. Ted May - Marlborough, CT

    I truly believe that President Obama has done more to help the American people and small businesses in this short time period than the Bush Administration did in the eight years he was in office. Ted

    April 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  15. Dioganise in a greek restraunt in Reno

    ticking off the G.O.P.
    and giving Rush, Hannity, and O'rielly something to howl about and
    Making them look stupid

    April 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  16. gregg

    Showing us how to be respectful to other people and their culture!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  17. Matthew Schmitz Oxnard, CA

    In the first 100 days President Obamas biggest accomplishment has been getting the White House dog and he even lagged on that!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  18. Roger Wolff

    One fundamental accomplishment is his dialog, understanding that use
    of the language isn't the cure all it's still refreshing to have some dialog
    on the other end of the spectrum that Mr, Bush's.
    Larkspur, Colorado

    April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  19. Simpliticus

    President Obama has performed magnanimously in these 100 days and has not gone on vacation ONCE! His biggest effect has been the G-20 appearance and mending many of the ill-effects that George W. Bush instilled in those meetings. He did so by not employing any comedic gaffes, by not attempting to open locked doors, or by not appearing to look anything other than a respectable world leader, a complete triumph after the George W.Bush debacle! But in addition to this, stem cell research, children aid, and even touching on torture are real triumphs in themselves. We are looking at the effects of truly a marvelous and great president because coming after Bush, anybody will be good, but Obama has demonstrated greatness already in these 100 days!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  20. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    I believe that President Obama's greatest accomplishment has been to get so many staunch conservatives to admit that he is doing the right thing. And Obama did it with a smile on his face and warmth in his handshake. Obama is a truly good man. It's obvious that he loves humanity and that is why people of all walks of life feel better just by being in the same room with him.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  21. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    There have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since 1/21/09. The lack of torture must be working. Must be driving Dick Cheney crazy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  22. Richard Sternagel from Canfield,Ohio

    President Obama's greatest achievement in 100 days? Keeping his sanity!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  23. J Georgia

    Obama's biggest accomplish to me was to shift dramatically from the paranoid, bring-em-on, shoot-em-up, scared-Cheney-style to an inclusive, wise, open, bold, introspective and unafraid style of American leadership. From here we may have some chance at recovery.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  24. Heather

    Reversing the mistakes of the previous administration.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  25. Lee - Charlotte, NC

    He's a heck of a lot better than the one we had for eight years. He has gained our respect around the world once more.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  26. Sigrid Johnson

    In my opinion he has done an incredible job and have great confidence that he will lead this country out of the mess that George Bush left behind him.

    President Obama is a breath of fresh air compared to the past administration and the effort that he has put out in extending a hand to all countries whether they are our foe or friend speaks volumes of his integrity as a human being and a leader.

    I am very proud to have him as president of our great country.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  27. Ronald Holst

    Jack I can not say for sure that this is considered part of his first 100m days but I feel the biggest thing he has done is to get elected with the large mandate that he did.

    Ronald Holst
    San Antonio, TX

    April 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  28. Colleen Brooks, Charlotte, NC

    Obama's first bill that he signed into law was the equal pay legistration and a very important one!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  29. VJ IIlinois

    Keeping the American people so engaged that the last eight years seems almost like a bad dream. It's just too bad the GOP is like a circus with different clowns popping up everyday to remind us that it wasn't. (Sigh!)

    April 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  30. Sherri Illinois

    Definitely he biggest accomplishment is the Stimulus package which was a much needed blood transfusion to the economic that was sinking like the Titantic. The critics can complain all they want but the bottom-line is, President Obama would NOT have needed a STIMULUS package if President Bush had not sat on his brains & ignored the signs that this economic was slowly sinking, hell the man didn't even start saying the word RECESSION until last fall. #2 Is the ARRA unemployment extension of benefits in that package that is helping MILLIONS of JOBLESS Americans like myself to continue seeking employment in the dismal economy. I admired President Obama because he didn't realize the magnitude of a mess that he would be inheriting including the Trillions of dollars of debt that he wouldn't have known about UNTIL after he became President and so far he is doing a excellent jobs with so many pans in the fire BUT each one is cooking up a better-run Government than what we have experienced in the pass 8yrs. President Obama speaks TO the American people in contrast to President Bush (who rarely had news conferences & certainly NO townhall meetings), and when he did he would speak AT the American people.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  31. John in columbus ohio

    I'm sure the standard responses from hate-filled right-wing individuals will be predictable and repugnant.

    My vote for his most significant achievement? Reversing the slide.

    John in columbus ohio

    April 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  32. Daniel, Englewood FL

    Finally getting that dog. I was starting to think he was never going to be able to accomplish that.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  33. Rae from Indiana

    It's just kind of nice to know that someone is trying to do something and what it is.l

    April 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  34. Martha, New York

    Imbuing the country with hope.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  35. malclave

    The President's biggest accompishment is that, in the last three months, he has FINALLY begun honoring his commitment to use public financing for his campaign. I only wish that the campaigning would finally end and he'd start leading.

    Long Beach, CA

    April 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  36. Annie, Atlanta

    The respect and common decency he's brought back to our highest office.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  37. Linda in Arizona

    Just not being the war criminals bush and cheney is his biggest accomplishment.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  38. Lorraine

    How do I say this... EVERYTHING! Foreign policy, domestic policy and his compassion for the average middle-class American makes him a successful President. He's a breath of fresh air that will not be spoiled by the constant funk that the GOP keeps throwing at him. President Obama is spending our American tax dollars not on Iraq and senseless wars but on the American for a better healthcare, energy, and education system. Some will complain but those complaining are the same people that believed that George W Bush was a genius. Keep up the good work Mr. President!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  39. Vernis Robertson

    He is in office keeping some of his Campaign promise. People can sit back and criticize him , he did not know how bad this country was until he starting rolling up his sleeves and getting to work .Republicans can say all they want about him he was the right person for the job . The last 8 yrs has been hell for a lot of people. I just wish in the best .

    April 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  40. Beverley, Fredericksburg Va

    I'd have to say the thing I am most impressed is his choices in his cabinet! I haven't seen a bunch of nepotism, there are no "Brownies. The people in the higher positions actually know something about their field. "Hillary is doing an outstanding job! I enjoy watching Robert Gibbs interact with the Press. I'm even impressed with Ray La Hood! Hopefully these smart people can fix some of our serious problems!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  41. Arun

    Big government, wasteful spending and immaturity in foreign policy are three key accomplishments of Obama.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  42. Ted, Evanston, IL

    President Obama's greatest achievement thus far has not been any bill, appointment, or executive decision. He's restoring responsibility, credibility, and respect to the White House after 8 years of utter madness. The tax day tea party protesters (the ones who voted for Bush twice and watch Fox 'News') have never known what's good for them. Now there's a grown-up watching the playground.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  43. Robin in SC

    Jack, I believe that the greatest and most beneficial accomplishment for Obama is the progress he has made toward restoration of America's reputation and respect for our country and our leaders internationally. America is not an island and we cannot recover our economy, control immigration, finish Afghanistan, or leave Iran without the help and support of other countries. His first international meetings, in my opinion, were a great success and accomplished just what he needed to accomplish.
    Robin in Greenville, SC

    April 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  44. CC

    Biggest accomplishment? Hmm.. spending the most money in the shortest amount of time, ever.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  45. Michael F.

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment (as a result of the actions you've listed) has been restoring hope to the American people. There is a sense of optimism, even in these troubled economic times.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  46. douglas gengler

    we are being told the truth and daily. he answers the questions that he is asked. he has brought other leaders into having a good relations with the U.S. and he actually thinks befor doing something.

    none of the above happened in the previous administration.

    doug in aRKANSAS

    April 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  47. Jonathan Wolf

    The greatest achievement that Obama can take credit for is that no one has thrown a shoe at him thus far.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  48. Aaron

    President Obama's biggest accomplishment so far is his continued destruction of the Constitution.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  49. Kurt in Ca

    Jack,

    He hasn't taken away any of our rights, and is going after those that have taken our rights from us in the past (Bush/Cheney). If he's able to keep us safe for 6 more months, he'll have beaten Bush/Cheney (who could only keep us safe for eight months) in every single category there is.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  50. Patricia

    President Obama has done more in 100 days than Bush in 8 years.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  51. Marilyn from Tallahassee, FL

    Reversing bush's anti-science, anti-health stance on stem cell reseach is easily the greatest of the many things President Obama has accomplished in the first 100 days. Too bad he hasn't made any progress towards universal health care.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  52. Russ Cooper

    to have no lost the hope the U.S. voters have placed in his mandate.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  53. Joe Tucson

    Helping out the Illegals!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  54. Chris From Ohio

    Pres. Obama's greatest accomplishment was just getting elected. Beating the odds of being the first major african american candidate, and to come from behind to beat a woman with a strong political background, and a Vietnam Vet. who beat the odds himself with a strong political and military background

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  55. Cathy from Minneapolis

    Not being George Bush.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  56. john ..... marlton, nj

    Nothing .... accomplished but a generational theft to bury our children in debt, a extremist radical left wing agenda that punishes the traditional american family and pretending to lead when he is actually the ring master of a caravan spewing the politics of envy.

    He shoudl resign immediately !!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  57. Sidney Caldwell Safety Harbor, FL

    being able to speak to people and pronounce words correctly!!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  58. Jon from Tempe

    Obama is starting to restore the integrity of the United States to the rest of the world. This is his greatest accomplishment. By talking to the leaders of the world in a way in which the United States does not look down at them he has shown that he is serious about making the United States a team player in dealing with the world's problems.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  59. Mike

    Making sure John Mccain and Sarah Palin didn't get anywhere the Whitehouse....Thank God!!!!!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  60. Jim Corrigan

    Jack, does buyers remorse count? I sure feel like I wasted my vote.
    Jim Corrigan
    Santa Cruz, Ca

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  61. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    His biggest accomplishment SO FAR has been repairing America's severely damaged image of the last 8 years. In 2001, how many vacation days had Bush taken by now?

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  62. Reg

    After the last doofus...I'd say just showing up to the job with a brain.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  63. Dan Shilt

    He may have accomplished a lot in his first 100 days, but the country is considerably worse off!!!!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  64. AJ Humes

    Not standing on a GM plant with a "mission accomplished" sign.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  65. Pat, Pa.

    Staying in office 100 days. Who in the hell would even want his job is beyond me. No matter what he does, he's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  66. Jon

    Obama's greatest accomplishment? That would be restoring the feeling that our government is actually working to try to make things better for the country as a whole. I very much prefer living in a democracy than a plutocracy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  67. Bob

    Replacing the Bush Cheney Administration. A vast majority of the people in the entire world breathed a collective sigh of relief when he took office.

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  68. LANCE

    He has giving American its respect back around the world, in 5month we have gone from American flags being burned, to being waved with pride and acceptance.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  69. Karen

    Obama is doing exactly what we elected him to do, repairing our image on the international front, being transparent, working to fix the broken economy with NO help from
    republicans and leaving most of us with a feeling that finally we have some intelligence and brains in Washington. The Republicans look like the doe does they are and Cheney if he keeps talking will abolish the Republican party. Let's keep him talking is my view the idiot!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  70. john

    His greatest accomplishment has been to show the country and the world that we now have an articulate and intelligent president.

    Merced, CA

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  71. Scott M. Danville VA

    Well from a purely political standpoint I'd say without a doubt The President's biggest accomplishment thus far would have to be the passage of his stimulus bill.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  72. Paul

    Not positive; but biggest accomplishment in my opinion was his unilateral destruction of worldwide trust of U.S. intelligence operations and operators and total loss of belief in his ability as Commander in Chief to lead and defend people in the clandestine business of protecting America. Betrayal of trust will produce the risk-avoidant behavior last demonstrated under Bill Clinton and John Deutsch...which were total disasters.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Mark from SC

    As Obama being quoted as somebody without any previous "executive experience", I think his doing a good job. Tackling 2 wars,a decaying economy, bad banks,a party of no,restoring our image abroad, all while trying to quit smoking. Like we say in the south Mr. Obama has been moving around like a "chicken with its head cut off"

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  74. Mike

    I believe is biggest accomplishment so far has been to restore hope to Americans that things will improve. He isn't a fireside person, but his demeanor, his openness and his desire to reach out to all Americans has shown that despite the rhetoric of partisan washington, we now have a president who cares more about us than what others think of him. A strange situation to be in after 8 years.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  75. Marty Barbee

    Let me see if I got this straight! We had eight years of destruction, and someone wants to know what Obama's biggest accomplishments are in the first 100 days? You can fix alot of things but stupid aint one of them !

    Marty

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  76. The Bifster

    Sadly with 8 years of radio silence it seem that everything that Obama does is great. Thats mostly becuase in comparison he is righting a long list of wrongs but if there is one thing he has done it is taking time to speak to other nations understanding that while the US is the Big Boy In Town there are still other neighbors whom we have to deal with and contend with. Now if we can only get Americas to understand the importance of this move then maybe we can move on in life.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  77. MARIA

    Jack:
    The biggest accomplishment of our president has been turning around the image of our country overseas.
    Makes other countries more willing to help us in our big challenges.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  78. William - Arkansas

    Biggest accomplishment? Simple. He has done enormous amount of work to repair the reputation of the United States in the world; a reputation completely ruined by the last joker. That alone was worth his fist hundred days. The fact that he has tackled so many other problems at the same time is just gravy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  79. Lloyd from North Carolina

    Hi Jack, I think his greastest accomplishment so far is resisting the urge to assault his "cousin" Dick Chaney. But there may need to be a referee at the family reunion.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  80. Brock

    I think everything. Its amazing to me that in 100 days we have had a president do so much. The last 8 years were a joke and i understand what Michelle Obama meant when she said she was finally proud to be an america.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  81. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Ending torture with embryonic stem cell research a close second.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  82. Kevin, Webster, NY

    Not to make light of all the problems/things that the president is working on, he did get the girls their dog.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  83. Patricia (Michigan)

    Obama's greatest accomplishment was to pospone amnesty for illegal aliens (hopefully forever)

    April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  84. Jordan Evans, Hamilton Ont

    Well Jack I would have to say his decision to fund stem cell research is the greatest accomplishment thus far. Everyone and their mother was ecstatic on this side of the border. We are once again proud to have you as our neighbors.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  85. Sherrie Geeting, Camarillo, CA

    Remaining incredibly popular as the Republicans continue to fall further and further into obscurity, not only refusing to believe what hit them but failing entirely to observe their descent.

    GOP crybabies be damned, this is the renaissance of the American dream led by somebody who actually BELIEVES in it.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  86. Jeri Bitney

    He has done much to repair the damage done to our reputation by the Bush administration. We are not better than anyone else, as it is about time we have a leader who acknowledges it.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  87. Damien

    the president has plans for alot of things and we are still waiting to see if any of those things will actually work, so all in all his biggest accomplishment is becoming our first African American president, but alot of us think thats enough no matter what.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  88. George Brandetsas

    Obama's greatest accomplishment is showing America and the world what an intelligent competent administration looks like. Even Rush Limbaugh is admitting that Obama appears "God like" next to GW!

    Sunnyvale California

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  89. Richard Mallery

    The answer to this question is quite simple, but, after the previous eight years, stupendous: restoring our faith in the presidency.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  90. Angela Chicago

    I think that changing the global image of the United States has been the most impressive accomplishment. There are a few others but that stands out the most. We have gone from becoming one of the most disliked countries in modern time to now establishing ourselves as one of the most respected nations in this world. The warm reception that he has received all over the world is a testament to the fact that he is accepted globally. This will give him the leverage to make real change not olny here at home but around the world. And with that ,the hope that the American people have embraced especially people of color speaks volumes. God Bless you President Obama and our prayers are constantly covering you.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, I continue to be amazed and am able breath easier because Pres. Obama and his administration are in control of many potentially horrible situations. I don't know of any one politican in the Republican party who could or would have done as much in such a short period of time. Pres. Obama is a living breathing symbol of why our country was originally created. May he never run out of good ideas, heaven knows we need each and every one of them! And I might add, we needed them yesterday!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  92. Chris M.

    I think his biggest accomplishment so far is improving America's image. It's been instant. The affects of that can be far reaching and long lasting.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  93. bluese7en

    Biggest accomplishment..... showing a stark contrast between how the country was run over the last 8 years, and how it will be run over the next 8 years! Pres Obama is changing the course of our country in a positive way... getting us back on track! We will get there.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  94. Marjorie Lominy

    Simple answer Jack: Being himself. And God, how refreshing it is.
    Marjorie
    NY

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  95. TomG NE Pa.

    Obama's biggest accomplishment,, That's easy. Taking the torch from the worst presidency in the history of this great nation...

    April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  96. Thomas Wayne

    If the term ended on the 100th Day, the President would have a longer list of positive accomplishments than those of his last three predecessors combined. It is a joy to watch this his ability to demonstrate that he is worthy of the most powerful position in history by taking on the hard stuff and not just swaggering around.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  97. Peter M

    He has done for America and the world in 100 days what neither W, Bill, Bush, Reagan or Carter roled into one. He has invested in renewable energy, invested in education, the environment, National Service and reset America's place in the world community, not to mention rescuing the bloated capitalist system. This man is simply incredible! Thank God for his leadership.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  98. Erin Waterman

    I think his biggest accomplishment in the first 100 days is presiding over a Health Care Reform conference that brought people to the suggestion table not seen together in the same room ever.

    I have worked in health care for the past 15 years and am presently unable to afford my own health insurance. After a life-threatening illness, my 8-year-old daughter is alive thanks to a public health plan.

    The 30% cost reduction included in President Obama's proposal would mean I would not need to work 2 jobs, 7 days a week in order to pay medical bills. It would mean I would not need to use my local food bank until I pay for my daughter's orthodontia.

    If Americans have a choice, the for-profit insurance companies will be forced to make their plans a better value, foster efficiency and best practices, so those who keep their private coverage will save too.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  99. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    EVERYTHING. Just the fact that he is trying to right all of the wrongs of the last eight years is a great accomplishment all on it's own.Let's face it, nothing was done to further the americaneople or our standing the the world since Bush first took office.
    His greatest accomplishment is that he is using his great mind and energy finally, to benefit the American people and not just simply big business interests.
    I applaud him for this.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  100. rafael

    all he has done is divide the country more i am a vet that served 3 tours in iraq and im prod to have served under bush. president obama talks a big game but what has changed in the last 100 days not much

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  101. Mary Helen, Oregon

    Mainly he has managed not to look like an idiot.....after the past 8 years for a change....and also not to get slumped down by the republicans in Congress.
    The Democrats won a mandate....they need to get in step with Obama and try and get some things done before the republicans can find a way to try and get back in our pockets again.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  102. John Auriemma

    Liberating Arizonans from Napolitano.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  103. Pete Kusinski

    Hey Jack,
    I can't point out one specific thing that President Obama has during his time in office but personally, I feel that every second he has been at the helm and every move he makes is a step forward for the US both domesticaly and internationatly.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  104. glenn , southeast-texas

    i suppose he's kept Mr. Paulsons buddies floating , with rare exceptions . long term accomplishment , probably shaking a hand with goof-ball Chavez . the rest of the problems will resolve while they're dilly- dallying around with all those genusies in D.C. . Glenn–Southeast , Texas

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  105. American

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment will have been the Literal extending of Americas hand to our neighbors in the world. Some of whom we are allied to, and others, who we do not agree with, but wish to turn a new page. By engaging those we agree, and disagree with, by showing mutual respect to others as his first priority, the president radiates to the world that we canmake things better if we all pitch in.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  106. Jim York

    Jack
    That's an easy question!!
    President Obama has done what many leaders fail to do; His greatest accomplishment is doing what he said he would do!!!!!!!!!!!
    If more elected officials would simply do their jobs we would have a better country!!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  107. Savvas

    The greatest accomplishment obama has done is make the US a respected and well liked nation it once used to be.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  108. Eric

    Simultaneously managing to effectively address everything you just mentioned – all at once, Jack. You answered your own question. No one thing could, or should, stand out from among the rest. Can you imagine 'Einstein' Palin trying it?

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Murphy Larry

    Change for the Better

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  110. Jason, Koloa, HI

    After the astonishingly low expectations his predecessor had established, just the fact that he can pronounce the word nuclear correctly seems like a great accomplishment.
    Otherwise, it has to be his policy on renewable energy and his willingness to publicly admit there is global warming and work with other countries on finding a solution that will help us economically as well as environmentally.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  111. Bill Konther

    Why restricting this to Obama's accomplishments? That is certainly a very short list. How about the worst actions he has taken? That's a much longer list. His idea of prosecuting Bush officials would make that list. His plan to shut down Guantanamo would be another and lets not forget that pork filled "stimulus" bill.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  112. Coasty

    To thoes who appreciate it, I think that he has given hope, I think that he understands what needs to be done, as oppoesed to "business as usual." The american people want change not more of the same.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  113. Noel

    Spending the taxpayers money!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  114. EILEEN.. Austintown, OHIO

    He has stood firmly on what he had promised throughout his campaign for President. ISN'T THAT A MARVELOUS CHANGE.
    "Yes, it is". Continued success to our President. His promise ....as gratifying as the flowers of Spring.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Nate C

    His biggest and greatest accomplishment was taking the oath on January 20 and sending Bush and his cronies away. After that, the fact that he is greatly improving the image of the United States around world and beginning to govern with a renewed moral authority. The fact that he makes me feel proud to be a US citizen and proud of him as our PRESIDENT!!!!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Scott F. Foppiano, Rio Rancho, NM

    During Mr. Obama's first 100 days in office his trademarks have been honesty, integrity, a lack of arrogant indifference, complete follow-through of campaign promises, a lack of selfishness and self-centeredness and a true and palpable concern for the United States and the American peoples' lives. This includes our safety, our prosperity and our spirit as Americans. It's about time we see a White House and administration working for and with the country we live in instead of solely for themselves and their wallets regardless of what happens to the rest of us. In addition I honestly sense a lessening of partisan divides that have hurt and torn apart this country and its morale for the past eight years. The Obama family is delightful and have absolutely lit up the White House and our nation with hope and great promise for our futures. My good wishes and prayers continue to be with President and Mrs. Obama and their children (and, of course Bo!)

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  117. Marc G.

    Without lifting a finger or saying a word gun sales have spiked to all time highs. All of which is attributed to President Obama.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  118. Jim Blevins

    Resetting America's moral compass is the most important thing that Obama has accomplished. This really permeates everything - capitalism has gone too far when it wrecks the economy - advancing ideology has gone too far when it prevents treating others with respect - protecting the country has gone too far when it commits crimes against humanity.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  119. Ron MN

    Just by getting up for work everyday puts him far ahead of Bush.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  120. Patricia

    His greatest accomplishment is that he's brought hope back to the country. He has begun to repair our image abroad and given the American people his vision for the future, in which alternative sources of energy will produce jobs in the "green" sector.

    He has not sugar-coated the current problems, but he and his staff are trying to find ways to get us out of this mess.

    Let's face it, 100 days IS a false milestone, but it's clear that this president has gotten more done, and given more people hope in this precarious time, than anyone since FDR.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  121. david simmons

    Obama has not accomplished anything except making our country less safe. Period.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  122. Karl from SF, CA

    The economy, Iraq, Gitmo, stem cells and meeting with world leaders are all well and good but showing up the Republicans for the worthless pack of obstructionists that they are tops everything he has done and ever will do and he didn’t even have to bust a sweat.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  123. Pam

    I think the President's greatest accomplishment has been keeping faith with those of us who voted for him and communicating with us in spite of criticism of that from the press. He has town halls and many of you guys question him on that and other speeches. Guess what? He does that for me and for all others who voted for him and want to hear, from the horses mouth, if you will, what he's up to. And he's been up to exactly the sorts of things that I voted for him for. Not only has he been busy, he's been busy doing the things he promised AND he continues to answer to me and those like me, not just communicating through Mr. Gibbs and the press.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  124. Don

    He actually does things, as opposed to the Bush administration which just talked about doing things.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  125. Joe

    Pres. Obamas biggest accomplishment is making the republicans look like the fools they are.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  126. Fran

    It's important that he has taken on all these problems at the same time. They are all intertwined. It's encouraging to have a competent, level-headed leader with integrity after 8 years of incompetence and greed.

    Fran
    New Cumberland, WV

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  127. ecwashere

    If President Obama's single, solitary accomplishment in this "first 90-days" is to have begun the process of restoring the reputation & regaining respect for the United States in the world community, so shockingly decimated by the previous administration, I am satisfied by my vote.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Eric

    Obama has enabled the people to feel like they can trust the government. He promised to make change and he is delivering. Americans can hold their head high that they have a leader that is earning their respect. His greatest accomplishment? Creating real hope for the USA.

    Eric
    Canada

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  129. debra

    The most remarkable task was diffusing the many train wrecks left behind by Bush, with great diplomacy and no back-stabbing, all while tackling day to day presidential duties.

    Thanks

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  130. Dick Piccolo

    I think President Obama's biggest accomplishment has to be keeping a lot of the country confident in him. The administration often gives us a daily dose of what they are doing. Not to mention a lot of other nation's leaders have confidence in him and are willing to start things a new for the better. I believe the stubborn attitude we have given in terms of dialogue with other countries has hurt us more than people think.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  131. Jane

    Jack, President Obama's greatest accomplishment is that he HAS accomplished so much in 100 days and has shown that 'yes, he can'. Washington isn't used to youth and enthusiasm champing at the bit to get things done. The GOP should be renamed the party of Grumpy Old People because politics as usual has always meant moving at a snail's pace, if at all and putting up barriers.

    Vancouver, Canada

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  132. Daniel, Burbank, CA

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment was to restore America's once-mighty reputation in the world, which Bush so casually threw away without apology.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  133. Abel P. Ochoa, McAllen, TX 78501

    Why can't the Republicans understand that we are quite happy with the way President Obama is running things. President Obama makes our country appear stronger, not weaker. My only disappointment with President Obama was that he was allowing the Bush Administration to escape any consequences for all their illegal "activities" against Iraq, the American people and the world. It now appears that the American people have caused him to "reconsider" and I'm very happy that he is listening.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  134. Chethan Prabhu

    Chethan Prabhu from Philadelphia

    Obama's biggest acheivement is bringing humility to the face of America. The gunboat diplomacy of the past 8 years have been a complete failure and has made America very weak morally and in the ability to lead the world.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  135. Bob Tyler

    Getting rid of King George

    Bob in Leesburg, Florida

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  136. Michael Sullivan from Lafayette, California

    Jack - Barack Obama's greatest achievement thus far is bringing credibility and integrity back to the presidency - something we've been
    sorely lacking for the past eight years and then some.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  137. Adel

    President Obama truly has been very busy for the past 93 days. But at the same having too much on his plate could result in accomplishing some, but not all. Yet it is fair to say that even if president Obama did not achieve all what he promised, I believe he is at least setting the right track for future American leaders that they can follow and bring the economy back on its feet.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  138. Ben

    While the president has truly been incredibly productive over the past months, I think it's obvious that he will be remembered for his rationalist, intelligent approach to all issues, controversial or not. I don't think it has to do so much with the programs he has put into place, as the manner in which he has done so — calm, efficient, and unswayed by the winds of hyper-partisanship.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  139. John Auriemma

    Honoring Arizonans by selecting Gov Napolitano as Homeland Security.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  140. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I am am very impresssed when he meets with World Leaders & telling them that the U.S. is not perfect & had made mistakes. That is 'big' of him & very genuine!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  141. Larry Kane

    Shifting from the idiocy of the Bush Administration to one that is based on Amercian values. What he actually accomplishes will play out over time.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  142. Justin MIller

    As a paraplegic, I must say the president's biggest accomplishment has been his lift on the bans on Stem Cell Research. By doing so, he has single handedly help to save millions of people's lives, and has given science the chance for the biggest medical breakthrough in history.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  143. Khush

    Jack, President Barack Obama's greatest accomplishment has been the tremendous amount of goodwill that seems to be emanating from around the world. After eight years of obdurate, self-serving, so-called "leadership" the United States finally has a leader who is willing to take charge and allow others to help him do it. Keep an eye out on this guy, Jack: you have a Nobel Peace Prize winner in the making, at the White House.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  144. Chris Pollard

    Perhaps President Obama's greatest "accomplishment" cannot be measured within the first 100 days. If it could, it would not be that grand, noble or important. Anything that is implemented, measured and judged within such a short period of time has yet to suffer the effects of time, exploitation, and the law of unintended effects. Only years from now will any reasonable person be able to identify what large move worked and what turned out to be a trainwreck.

    On a side note, in my years, I have not seen any candidate nor President trigger such a divide in our country...one that affects family members, neighbors and friends. At least one can say his words and actions cause one to take a stand–one way or another. Too bad there is not more unity in the process, but I blame the various political party players and the media for that outcome more than acts or omissions of The President directly. He is, as it seems, taking on the large issues of the day with a rapid pace. I just hope the quality levels and strategies being employed suffer the test of time with a strong grade.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  145. Myriam

    Obama is doing what a great president suppose to do.

    Myriam

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  146. JohnnyChris

    President Obama's Biggest accomplishment...
    Will be the Guiness record for most T.V. appearances by a President...

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  147. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I think his greatest accomplishment has been to actually try to do something good for the country. He's trying to help the economy and get the country back on its feet. This is what drives the Republicans crazy. He is doing something........unlike the last president who did NOTHING! They don't like anything that he is doing because they don't want anything to change.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  148. Dannie S.

    His biggest accomplishment was getting into the office period. Now that he is in office the conservatives are trying to discredit him on everything he's doing. Quite simply they are a buch of RACIST. They can't get over losing the election in which they practicly handed him anyway with all the STUPID policies. These THINGS that's right I called them things still in this day and age think that a black man is NOT intelligent enough to do the job. If you ask them about it they will LIE about it AND THAT'S WHAT GOT US IN THIS MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE .

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  149. JOSHUA CYRIAAO

    The president's greatest accomplishment is showing to the world that campaign promises can be kept to the American People, Unrelenting effort to turn the economy around, bringing back America positive image by engaging world leaders that don't like the United States and setting high standard for work ethics in his white house.I think he has no single greatest accomplishment.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  150. dameon,

    Jack,

    Forget all that other stuff, President Obama's greatest accomplishment is the transparency he has brought to the white house. although we know he cant tell us everything. We, (Americans) should feel closer than ever to the Presidential position. He may have started something with his willingness to share information with the us. it will be hard for the following administrations to govern in secrecy.
    Dameon
    Pittsburgh, Pa

    April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  151. Charles Brown

    The biggest accomplishment in the 1st 100 days is the hope of greater inclusiveness, greater dialogue, and more open access to the political process...he is truly working on behalf of the average American citizen

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  152. Andrea

    President Obama, his administration and his schedule have reminded us as Americans about the power of hard work and woke us up out of our stupor. I remember when my parents talked about the "work ethic" until I wanted to vomit. As I grew older, I sure learned to love them more and more for that value. Pres. Obama is working hard and that should be an example to all of us.
    Andrea

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  153. Janet

    Obama's 1st 100 days may be constructive or destructive? ...our children will "judge" for certain!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  154. LUCI - ILLINOIS

    President Obama said something about he can walk and chew gum at the same time, and he seems to be doing it. I think he represented himself. very well at the meetings with the dignitaries around the world. It looks like the economy is starting to take hold too. I am very proud of our new President. Quite a difference than before Feb. 20th.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  155. Johanna Hays

    The mere fact that there is such a list to choose from and that he makes himself fully available in spite of the childish and dangerous thunder of hatred from those who brought us this full blown crisis on so many levels in the first place. Jo, Wooster, Ohio

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  156. Eion in Florida

    President Obama's greatest achievement in his first 100 days is ,without a doubt , bringing back the Respectability to America and the Presidency of America after it was smeared and dragged through the world dumps for the last eight years. Thank You President Obama now the world Respects us again

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  157. Cathie Pappas

    Jack, his biggest accomplishment is bringing intellengence to the presidency. Something totally lacking from the preveously administrator.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  158. Patrick, Austin, TX

    He has spent the better part of his time cleaning up after the last administration. I like everything he has done, but house cleaning is not glamorous or any great accomplishment. He still has a week before his 100 days is up. I think something really big is coming before the 100 day mark. He is doing a good job. It took George W. Bush eight years to bankrupt and run our country into the ground. We should probably give President Obama more than 100 days to clean up the mess.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  159. Terri P

    Jack,
    The greatest accomplishment President Obama has made is to engage the public who has become apathetic and complacent, including myself. No matter what side you land on, he wants to get something accomplished. I regard him as a leader with grit and determination.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  160. Joe

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment so far is clear: it is changing the image and direction of a country that has suffered through its worst presidency in history. There is little doubt that the country is undergoing a sea change in its political trajectory–finally dispelling Reaganism. All you need to do to realize this fact, is to watch the Republicans embrace teabag parties (despite taxes being cut), right-wing extremism (despite renewed examples of violence), and Rush Limbaugh (a one-of-a-kind moron). The Republican Party might go the way of the Whig Party if they don't quickly change their direction.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  161. Ken in NC

    I think his greatest accomplishment has been show refrain from taking the GOP out behind the barn and spanking them for treating him like he has to get permission from them to go some place or to do something. They just don't get it that they have made themselves his greatest accomplishment.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  162. Lisa Hillsboro, OR

    Hands down, President Obama's greatest accomplishment is the turnaround of America's image around the world. Everyone is tripping over themselves to meet with our new President. It seems that foreign leaders and citizens around the world have higher regard for Obama than elected Replubicans in our own country do! The Republicans should be ashamed about their lack of support.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  163. Irving, Gainesville, FL

    Presidentt Obama's greatest accomplishment to date has been the restablishment of America as the true beacon of light in the world. Once again, the American people can be proud of our ongoing experiment of a nation of true freedom and justice and the world has an example of what is possible when free people control their own destiny.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  164. George in Saskatoon

    His greatest achievement: recognizing the complexities of the issues that face him, and the realization that only a comprehensive, all-fronts initiative has any chance of success. What a change from a group that seemed unable to walk and chew gum at the same time, an administration that seemingly lurched from one crisis to the next, mishandling most of them.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  165. Dianne in NM

    At this point Jack it seems that Pres. Obama's biggest accomplishment is how impressed he is with himself and all of his own accomplishments. Someone should point out to him that this isn't an accomplishment race to his legacy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  166. Emily Mackenzie

    Jack,

    The only things Barack Obama has accomplished has been increasing our country's debt more than any other American president in its history and for widening the divide between the party lines between those who agree or disagree with his policies and views. The only people who have benefitted from him are those who agree with him – namely people without a good sense of moral compass.

    (Manassas, VA)

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  167. Derrick Miles

    Finally an easy question Jack. By farthest president Obama greatest achievement is the hope he gives not just the united states, but the whole world !

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  168. nicole-bell

    give the guy a break! sum it up! what did the other idiot did this time around 8 yrs ago! no let me rephrase that 4 yrs ago

    April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  169. Ralph

    Jack, Without a doubt our presidents largest accomplishment is regaining our trust in the Federal system and the departments that support it. I continue to be amazed at how much he is confronted by and how well the issues are individually handled. I hope that all citizens will continue to support the administration as we can not afford getting lost in partisan politics at the critical juncture.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  170. Markus

    It's hard to divine an accomplishment let alone one of any merit; though one is torn between his increasing of the deficit to over ten trillion over the next decade and bankrupting future generations, socializing banks and industry, releasing terrorists which have killed Americans, being laughed at by somali teenage pirates or hiring tax cheats and criminals as cabinet members. I doubt he can pick up his new dogs excrement with anything approaching competence. I'l hold out hope he can get the depression into full swing however.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  171. Felton

    I think trying to bring Americans to be my brother's keeper and telling the world that honey can be better than vinegar. Talking to countries that would not talk to us because we were acting like cowboys. We were carrying our military on our hips and trying to make countries that are tribal become a democracy within a short period of time.
    Felton
    Troy Ohio

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  172. Ezekiel Chinukwue

    President Obama's most single accomplishment is being able to survive and withstand the Repulican party's uncountable and ever changing childish bickers with candor and grace.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  173. Harley Mom

    I'm not sure because the transparency he promised has not yet happened.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  174. scott dosch

    I would have to say, not to minimize Pres.Obama's efforts or goals to date, that getting elected to his office is his greatest accomplishment to date.
    I think the previous president did much to hurt the world's perception of America. They love Obama and we need to partner with the rest of the world as we haven't before.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  175. Terry. Palm Bay Florida

    After meeting with government leaders around the world and slamming the United States for everything we have did over the last 100 years is music to my ears. I din't hear one word about stopping the Muslem slaughter in the Balkins. Then again, why would I expect it. He did not serve in the military and has no idea what the milutary has did over the past 75 years. He's going down in the next election. The GOOD OLD AMERICANS have seen what this rock star is about and we do not like what we have seen!!!!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  176. Charmaine

    Obama is great at deligating while he keeps "breaking down the overgrown brush and unattended gardens". He hired the qualified staff to get the garden organized per his and consensis viewpoint. Many years ago, Henry Ford was sued in an attempt to declare him incompetent declaring his imcompetence was based on his need to rely on others to help him get the job done. The case was lost because Ford made it clear his skillset did not encompas all that a company that size required. His job was to oversee that all tasks were headed in a positive direction. Recently, I recalled that Ford story when there was a lot of complaints from Republicans that Obama wasn't taking care of our economy when he was off visiting other countries. How many leaders of any country or company do all the tasks by themselves? It's called teamwork.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  177. Elaine from Ohio

    His biggest accomplisment among many is the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I have a friend whose company has received much needed monies for (ready to go) infrastructure projects. She and the management are thrilled.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  178. Brett

    Just simply being a listener and a thinker. This in addition to action is so refreshing compared to what we have delt with for 8 years. The Bush administration basically reversed everything our country stood for the last 70 years and it's good to see us getting back on track as the leader of the free world.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  179. Adam Shockey

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment is the fact that you are actually already asking this question, Jack! In the 8 years of the Bush administration, most people would be hard-pressed to specifically name ANY accomplishment... unless of course you are an advocate of nearly ruining the US's economy and foreign policies!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  180. Chris

    For Obama to close the one 'torture' prison of the most powerful nation in the world is a giant leap of change that can help for a more promising future. His love for human rights has made him a great leader.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  181. Erin Miller

    Obama's biggest accomplishment so far has been his attempts to try to bring forth better relations between the U.S. and other nations. Rather than using bullying tactics and the idea that "we're better than you" (as our previous administration was famous for), he is willing to listen and learn and discuss our mutual interests without judgement. The international community is probably not yet sure what to make of this method, but in time they will hopefully respond in favorable ways.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  182. Lee E. Oklahoma

    He has accomplished his promise of Hope. by not only doing what he said he would do on the campain trail but opening up discussion on what needs to be done to help this country grow, change and get on the right track,

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  183. American

    Obama has given government $ to various entities, with the insight to turn this economy and housing market around. He has done so in a responsible fashion. Bush gave a TRUE bail-out, by giving $ away, without regulation, salary max, or any accountability whatsoever. Funny how all these people are outraged with Obama about bailouts, when Bush gave 2, they said not a peep.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  184. bill

    I can tell you that since you our American friends elected this man , a welcome breath of fresh air in the world of power politics, international respect and admiration for the USA has risen dramatically .This to me., has been one of his major accomplishments.

    Bill – Cambridge Ontario Canada

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  185. frankie

    Keeping his head while those around him are losing theirs. I really love our President.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  186. Mary- NV

    Well, let's see!!! He has promised our children, our grandchildren and great grandchildren a hefty bill. As far as the pirates, any President would have done the same thing.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  187. Ben from Ithaca, NY

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment thus far has been, in my honest opinion, restoring some semblance of faith in the American way of life. Our president is not perfect, but I certainly trust his intelligence when it comes to making crucial decisions and his desire to leave our country in better shape than he found it.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  188. joey gargin

    president obama's greatest achievement was being elected the first president of color.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  189. JOSHUA CYRIAANO--FL

    The president’s greatest accomplishment is showing to the world that campaign promises can be kept to the American People, Unrelenting effort to turn the economy around, bringing back America positive image by engaging world leaders that don’t like the United States and setting high standard for work ethics in his white house.I think he has no single greatest accomplishment

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  190. Anais

    In 100 days President Obama has accomplished more than Bush in 8 years. I applaud everything he has done, starting with the promise to close the infamous Guantanamo to the release of the outrageous torture memos. For the first time in 8 years I am proud again to be an American.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  191. Peggy Sue Acklin

    His biggest accomplishment was making us a safer country. Let's face it Bush put us at more RISK than ANY president in HISTORY.. Mr. Bush and Cheney should be behind bars in my opinion.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  192. Dorothy

    JACK!!!
    He has restored confidance is the economy and making the American feel good about them selves and The country in general.
    I know there has been lots of layoff and Bad morgages but he give us all HOPE for a better economy and a better world.
    Hopefully the Next 100 days will bring even more acomplishments especially in Health Care, Immigration and Energy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  193. Jack

    Too many to list he has done more in 100 days than bush,bill, bush senior past 20 years accamplisments. what I man no work to discribe him.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  194. Angela

    His biggest accomplishment is giving America a president that we can be proud of. Every time he opens his mouth I breathe a sigh of relief that we are being represented by an intelligent, well-spoken, family man who actually respects all people. Whenever Bush opened his mouth, he promptly would stick in a foot and say something horribly ignorant and embarrass me as an American. President Obama has fulfilled one campaign promise after another and finally things are being done to help the country and the world rather than destroy everything. He is working hard every day giving us all someone to look up to. Angela Salem, Or

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  195. C. J. Cassell

    Jack,

    What president Obama's greatest accomplishment has been is to once again provide the world's greatest democracy with intelligently conceived, efficient leadership, which respects the rule of law. Something that sadly Americans had become accustomed to going without over the previous eight years of the effete, disingenuous oligarchy of the Bush/Cheney regime.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  196. Ron from Columbus, Ohio

    I believe, at this juncture in his administration, he has provided some sanity to the US and the world. The President has already made an impact on everyone who HEARS, not just listen, to what he says. He not only talks a good talk but, walks a very good walk. I wish the cynics would learn to exercise patience, instead of following the pundits with rhetoric on each syllable that comes out of his mouth.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  197. Margo

    Hi Jack,
    We hava a leader for the first time in eight years. He's working so hard that there isn't one thing that is the greatest. He's trying to fix a lot of problems and I pray every day that he will be successful.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  198. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    The President's biggest achievement has been to bring back some of America's respect from the rest of the world. Not an easy task while so many domestic naysayers keep criticizing almost every move he makes. He deserves better from all of us because there is probably nobody in the world who could have done more for the country they love, other than those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  199. Maggie Norfleet

    Thanks for the effort to try and solve so many of our problems keep up the good work.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  200. Star Auburn Ohio

    Jack
    His Greatest accomplishment in my eye is that has restored my faith in my country. His bring me back from the loathing I was feeling for coming from this country was his greatest accomplisment to me. All the other things he did are a bonus.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  201. Maz

    Respect Jack, respect. The world is getting smaller and borderless and we need our fellow people of the world economically and security wise. President Obama has erased most of the ill will that George Bush had caused. Now, the good old USA is back leading the world and yes, president Obama did it single handedly.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  202. E.J. Collins

    The greatest accomplishments that President Obama has made in the last 100 days lies in not what he has done but in what he has not done. His restraint in not spending a ton of energy going after Dick Cheney shows he is a real leader of the people. I think that Cheney is blowing smoke to get Obama of track from dealing with the real issues, i.e., undoing the mess that Bush and Cheney got us into.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  203. Andrew from nj

    Caffety, President Obama is not a traditional American president and by definition he wil not do things like his predecessors. He is showins americans how to multi-task, he is the embodiment of a multifaceted leader. I rate President Obama an A. Because he has stayed close to the values his base elected on. He is going to make mistakes but at least he is doing exactly what he set out to achieve. ITS CALLED MATCH AND FIT in management. The competencies and capabilities of America is matched against a dynamic changing global environment. Keep up he good work Wolf.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  204. rmorris

    Jack, take into account that bush sit in the white house for 8 years with the porch light off and the front door locked, any undertaking of obama's is considered an improvement. r in jackson,tn

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  205. Andrea Coronado, Newark NJ

    President Obama's biggest accomplishmen thus far, was to revamp hope amongst the American public. Maybe its his rhetoric that has the whole world – including Chavez – adopting a more optimistic attitude towards America. Obama is igniting a flame of hope and unity. I believe that getting people to once again trust the American Government is a huge accomplishment.

    Kuddos Mr. President!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  206. Marion

    Jack -

    President Obama keeps hope alive. His communication with people like me is extraordinary. I certainly know what he is doing every day and he let's us know how and why he is doing what he is doing. I heard a reporter say, "well, he's always on t.v. about something" and the republican he was interviewing even had to say, "well, that's a good thing." The doors of the White House have swung open!

    Marion
    Zimmerman, Minnesota

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  207. AL CRAWFORD

    The president has brought confidence to the American people. He is showing great concern for the well being of the middle class as apposed to the last administration which favored the rich & super rich.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  208. Stephen (Toronto)

    Hi Jack,

    Obama's greatest accomplishment?

    Oh boy, just opening his mouth for the first time. Like the TV interview with El Arabiya, where the entire world breathed a giant sigh of relief that we now have an intelligent, articulate, and worldly statesman worthy of being US president. It went a long way towards renewing the worlds faith in America and its political system.

    In Obamas predecessor, I still can't believe the American public somehow managed to end up with a guy who, despite the family he comes from, had never even been to Europe before taking the reins of power, and who didn't consider that a problem.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  209. Tim Willard

    Hey Jack. I think his best accomplishment has been keeping his cool dealing with the Republicans.

    Tim From Michigan

    April 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  210. Kim - Blair, NE

    Giving our country hope and gaining the respect of the world on behalf of the people of our great country.

    I am proud to have him representing us and truly believe he will make this country a better place for our children & grandchildren.

    God bless the USA & Barack Obama!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  211. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    In 100 days President Obama has gained the world's respect for America better than George Bush could do in almost eight years!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  212. Vicki Sinha

    The President's biggest accomplishment? Reinstating the Constitution. After 8 years of an unmitigated assault on this founding document we are once again being viewed as a beacon of truth and justice in an otherwise messed up world. I can't wait to dust off my flag this Memorial Day.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  213. Nancy Lou Arellano

    President Obama has taken the goose step out of patriotism in his first 100 days. He has shone that a patriot can be polite and mannerly without being weak. He has shone that a patriot can delegate responsibility and authority that strengthens our nation rather than weakens. He has shone that a patriot can say 'we were wrong' without conveying that we are stupid.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  214. Betty Beck

    In his 1st 100 days, he has been on Air Force One more that he has been in Washington. You know with Pelosi and Reid I guess he can continue on his world trips as long as they are in Washington.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  215. vudugrrrrl

    The greatest accomplishment of President Obama's first 100 days is that he has inspired more Americans to pay attention to what our government is doing. Unfortunately, I am of the opinion that the more closely we look at the President, the more he seems to simply be another side of the same coin. I knew the moment that he started to fill his cabinet and other key positions with the same members of the old guard that we've seen again and again that America may have celebrated way too early. I'm still waiting for him to step up to prosecute the criminals of the Bush regime, to bail out American families with our money rather than banks, to enforce our borders and immigration policies, to restore respect for the Constitution, and to speak truth to power. I want ALL of the change that we were promised.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  216. Bruce

    Jack:

    Most of the so-called listed accomplishments were already in the process of being achieved prior to Obama's entry into the presidency. He has however, managed to triple the nations deficit, embolden our enemies with his pacifist language, and also help most Americans believe that the stimulus/pork package was going to direclty benefit them. Well, the truth be told, Mr. Obama's greatest accomplishment has been to con the American people that he and the Democrat's are actually working for them. He may a great speech reader, but he is not John Kennedy nor Ronald Reagan! The question should have been,"Has President Obama actually accomplished anything of importance over the past 100 days and do you feel that he will actually get anything done?

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  217. carl j.friedman

    wed.april.22nd,2009

    Dear Jack,

    Everything that Obama did for the first 100 days he has accomplished everything.Hhad done fantastic bettter than what bush and cheney did. Obama gets 1-5 5 means fantastic for obama bush and cheney got 0.

    Carl J.Friedman

    April 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  218. danaannette

    President greatest accomplishment is his ability to multi-task. He has left the brains of some of the partisans spinning.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  219. jim devine

    That President Obama is able to soar like an Eagle while surrounded by so many turkeys.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  220. Marietta canadian

    -equal pay for all woman rights, health care for 11 million children..becoming the first black Pres. A Pres who the world now looks up to and respects morally again.... A Pres. who acts with morals, interity, dignity and acknowledges Americans made mistakes also. Like all countries have made their own mistakes also ..... That was huge!! -and showed a sign of great strength and truth! ... Pres Obama pointed that out also in Europe their mistakes also toward America--how true!!--Pres. Obama's faith is shown in his works and in his action-quotes also scripture lines in his speeches and builts upon them!- -Pres. Obama shows great strength–and a Pres who truly loves his country and shows respect to all Americans and LISTENS TO THEM AND THE WORLD!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  221. melvin

    Biggest accomplishment? Taking this great country down the toilet hole. Guess I'll start brushing up on my Chinese in between having to work 2 jobs to pay for all the idiots with upside down mortgages.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  222. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    For me, he has brought the realization that we need to continue to elect presidents who are not only intelligent and thoughtful but young and vigorous enough to handle a multitude of things at one time. I'm 62 and I get tired just hearing all that he is doing. I don't think John McCain could have come close to keeping up with Obama. I wonder how much sleep our president gets – not much I'll bet.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  223. regm

    Jack, there is a big difference beyween "initiatives" and "accomplishments. I would give the President credit for taking the initiative and starting to take action on issues you have identified. We are all waiting for results. When we see some results you can then talk about what has been accomplished.. The President is an articulate man and has framed the issues, but he has yet to accomplish anything. We need to see some action s follow his words. The real question is can he execute his programs and get positive results.It's too early to tell, but he better be right for your sake as well as ours.

    Reg, Florida.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  224. Jane Johnson

    I believe the President's greatest accomplishment these first 100 days is restoring "HOPE" to all Americans. Finally, we are moving in all the right directions. Time will be needed to determine the effectiveness of all this action.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  225. Will from San Jose

    After the last bunch, the fact that he can complete a coherent sentence and manage to make it through the day without torturing someone is an accomplishment. Admittedly the previous administration did set a pretty low bar.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  226. Stuart McGeorge

    Jack,

    He is fulfilling his campain promise better than any former president I can recall. He said he would bring CHANGE and he is doing just that. People are not used to this kind of political behavior and may be overwhelmed with his unusual ability to multi-task. If I had to pick a "number one" achievement so far, it would be his restoration of America's reputation abroad as a credible world leader of nations.

    Stuart - from the great State of Maine

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  227. Joanie, Oregon

    President Obama's greatest achievement so far–traveling!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  228. Richard

    The Presidents first 100 days has brought theis Great Nation to its knees. No country fears the USA anymore.Al war tactics are not torcher,Ask the people whom lost family and frends 9/11 what they think about the way terrest should be treated.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  229. Nancy, Tennessee

    We can measure how well we think the bills passed and the tours to other countries to restore our diplomatic relations are doing. President Obama has accomplished the task of giving us optimism that everything will eventually return to normal if we work hard and are patient. It is like the feeling of well-being that you get after your yearly physical and the doctor tells you that you are healthy as a horse.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  230. Pugas-AZ

    Doing something. However, I've always found spending money easy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  231. Darcy - Alexander AR

    He has changed the way the rest of the world views America. AND he has also changed the way many Americans view themselves. I believe that encapsulates everything he has done so far from the economy through homeland security. There is no way he can end up accomplishing little, with a win like this.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  232. michael detroit

    in reviewing the presidents performance it is important to distinguish optimism vs. accomplishment. each day he boldly uses the press to introduce an ambitious new idea or plan but what has really been changed? it is easy to get swept up by idealism and hope but much harder to analyze action and change– it just needs more time. i challenge americans to listen to what he says instead of how he says it. it being earth day i am sure by later today we will here from him something like -"i intend to begin to plan to hope that we can start an initiative that will allow us to take the first steps in talking about the possible answers to ending global warming, by the end of the year."

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  233. kathy from wisconsin

    Obama accomplishment in the last 100 days has been preserving his likabiltiy in the world with nothing but apologies. Apparently, he sees America as a very bad country. Oh yeah, I forgot, Chavez has now embraced President Obama by acknowledging that President Obama is turning America into a socialist country. That is quite the accomplishment in just 100 days.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  234. Gerry

    Without question, Obama's greatest accomplishment so far is bringing the honesty and trust back to the office of the President. This has allowed and will allow him to accomplish a great deal as President.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  235. Don Torgersen - Island Lake, Illinois

    Jack,

    Presenting himself on the world stage as an intelligent, reasonable world leader and he can pronounce nuclear.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  236. Allan from SoCal

    I think his biggest accomplishment has been in "setting the record straight". Although a lot of his campaign rhetoric sounded really good, its implementation provides an insight of how harmful, imposing burdensome, unnecessary, and worrisome of the future a lot of it is.That Obams is an extreme liberal not a centrist. And that these liberal ideas,values and agendas are not the direction America should be going . This past 100 days has visualized for many that voted for Obama and the hope they iin trusted in Obama has now galvanized into a collective gasp of "Oh my God what have we done".

    April 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  237. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Actually Jack, I think his biggest accomplishment is doing all the things that you named, but still having time for his family, and still being one of the most popular presidents in recent times.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  238. Bob

    I'm very pleased with all the decisions you mentioned, but you must keep in mind that many of those are simply plans and we should give no credit for them until he follows through. Guantanamo is still open, we are still in Iraq, and the promise of international cooperation isn't nearly as fulfilling as its practice would be. We should not lessen our scrutiny simply because the tide seems to be turning in our favor.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  239. Susie

    In my opinion, President Obama's greatest accomplishment has been to honor the promises he made during his campaign. He is a man of his word and like a breath of fresh air, not just hot air which usually emanates from our government's politicians in Washington.

    Susie
    Tuscaloosa

    April 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  240. Aroo Murugan

    America 2.0!

    Mr Obama's team has accomplished something similar to what the founding fathers did a couple of centuries back!

    Changes to the following will rebuild America 2.0 leveling 85% of all Industries that we have lost to low cost manufacturing base and bring them back home.

    – Energy ( How we produce / store / forward & consu,e energy)

    – Healthcare ( bringing new responsibility to change the way we look at medicine & cure)

    – Education ( enabling American society to evolve to adopt to a fast moving trend towards an informed & fast society)

    – Technology ( from future wars to pricing power this is IT & we already have it and a white house emphasis will make it even stronger)

    April 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  241. Rajesh from NY

    In three words – "RESTORED AMERICA'S PRIDE"

    April 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  242. john s

    President Obama's greatest accomplishiment is his forign policy.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  243. Woody from Tennessee

    I would say that his greatest accomplishment is more than doubling the deficit, not only for this fiscal year but years to come. His and the Congress' spending is making the Republicans look like pikers in comparison.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  244. Mary

    I'm very proud of President Obama's promise of a new era of American leadership. I watch him deal with his relentless cynical critics here at home, not his opponents, but the cynical critics. I'm inspired by his dignity and his ability to keep working and moving on.

    Mary
    Laurel, New York

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  245. Gilles

    President Barack Obama's first 100 days is argueable the most accomplished 100 days of any American president in recent history. The biggest of his accomplishment is the uplifting the image of America to the rest of the world which has been badly battered by the last administration. This will go a long way to improve the security of the American people. Americans should know that bullying does not solve any problem but leading with humbleness is the key to American security and world peace.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  246. Greg in NYC

    The Vision that he has instilled in Americans and the world that we can change this world for the better,weather it be our economy,our relations with other nations around the world, our our belief in ourselves as a people to understand and respect one another by sitting down with each other and listening. You have my support 100% Mr. President.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  247. Mike in Marin

    Are you kidding! What hasn't he done? The biggest thing is the turn around in the economy. Though we have a long way to go he has clearly stopped the drowning of industries and signs of Bush's Katrina on the whole US economy are beginning to subside.

    Obama is the Obamanable President!

    I am so glad he changed his mind on prosecuting Bush too!!

    Yippee!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  248. Darlene

    Obama's biggest accomplishments during his first 100 days :

    Destroying the American economy even more so. I don't see where his so-called stimulus spending is helping America. Companies are still slashing jobs/hours. It seems that we are headed toward socialism, where we would have to depend soley on the gov't. for our needs.

    He has accomplished his goal of getting his foot in the door of radical leaders around the world. I see his NWO (New World Order) on the horizon.

    Vowing to abort (kill) more babies through his funding of embryonic stem cell research.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  249. Brad Dalton, GA

    He is not just pointing the finger at the world and saying you aren't doing things right but has looked at our own country and has said we haven't either. Since George W. went home, his silence speaks louder than words, but for Dick Cheney to defend his deep involvement in the inappropriate tactics concerning detainee's with the idea that "the ends justify the means" is not only against the American judicial system but proves that an intelligent person best serves himself by excercising his right under the 5th Amendment. As long as the American people keep pressure on Pres. Obama to honor his promises and answer to the U.S. citizens, we should only expect more steps back toward the America that has been lost over the last few generations.

    Brad
    Dalton, GA

    April 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  250. Christopher Hunte

    President Obama's Greatest accomplishment Jack ? it may sound simplistic, but just not being President Bush is number one by far.
    The sheer hope and optimism generated by the aknowledgement of the Bush/Cheaney presidency as being a direct contradiction of all that is right and just about America, is personified in Obama's election, and the world is more than happy to show it's pure unbridaled appreciation for it.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  251. John

    He has made peopl emakin gcomments like this look really really ignorant:

    "Arun April 22nd, 2009 4:14 pm ET
    Big government, wasteful spending and immaturity in foreign policy are three key accomplishments of Obama."

    Fools!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  252. Ed-NJ

    Very simple, Jack: Doing exactly what he said he would and, in my opinion, doing it very well even in the face of strong partisan opposition!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  253. Ralph, Oak Creek WI

    Jack, Without a doubt our presidents largest accomplishment is regaining our trust in the Federal system and the departments that support it. I continue to be amazed at how much he is confronted by and how well the issues are individually handled. I hope that all citizens will continue to support the administration as we can not afford getting lost in partisan politics at the critical juncture.

    Thanks, Ralph in Oak Creek WI

    April 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  254. Doris

    President Obama's biggest accomplishment is forcing both houses to actually work and do more than meet with lobbyist and fund raisers.

    From day one he hit the ground running, and Washington has had to race to keep up with him.

    Certain issues should not not take years to accomplish. Obama's an Action President.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  255. andrea

    How come Obama gets a 100 day report card? I remember the pass presidents getting 1000 days. I think It's a wonderful thing that Obama is able to focus on the work at hand and not get blogged trying to answer to all the criticiam that has been thrown at him.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  256. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    Selected a dog for the White House.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  257. Roy - Chicago IL

    Obama's biggest accomplishment for the last 100 days has been successfully resisting the temtation to fly to Wyoming and slap the bejeezus out of Dick Cheney for being such an undermining, selfish, narrow-minded, and incredibly wrong fool.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  258. Bruce Marshall

    He has got every gun owner in the United States mad at him. Like he has nothing more pressing that taking away our 2nd amendment rights. Oh well can't take the vote back. But wait till mid terms.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  259. Don from Canada

    Making it possible for Americans to once again be proud of their President.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  260. Anthony in Miami

    I think President Obama's biggest accomplishment is the constant engagement of our country into what happens in the political arena and what decisions are made. Right or Left, Conservative or Liberal, I feel this is the most informed time we've had in my adult life. And I think that is the answer for our future as a country. That's what democracy is about. Having an opinion and the right to speak it. He has subconsciously engaged the country. And no matter how many people disagree with him or agree with him, there are more everyday Americans tuning in to what decisions are made with our present and future than ever before. So whether people want to admit it or not, he gave the government back to the people!

    Anthony Beasley from Miami

    April 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  261. Renee

    Hope, he's setting out to change this country, and with that He has given me HOPE, where before I felt we had any! I don't want to be known as the enemy, where once we where a peaceful nation! I don't want to Live in fear, with him being in office I feel safer than I have ever, for once we have a politician that is forefiling what he set out to do, and that is change for the Better, we're just stuck!, not wanting to try and do better for our country, and with him I see the change, he has open my eyes more than ever, because we only dealt what was presented to us with the Republicans, this is one time he got americans caring about what is happening to our Nation or Country, so I'm IMPRESS.. and I'm going to continue to support our President!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  262. Alex Frank

    Obama's Biggest Accomplishment? ...Helping all of us all to recover our senses after the toxic effects of thirty years of stupefying–and stupefyingly simplistic–ad hominem Republican snake oil.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  263. Ralph Nelson

    The biggest accomplishment was getting the $850 economic recovery act passed, but because I am a diabetic short on time, for me it would be stem-cell research. Ralph, Yakima, WA

    April 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  264. mark

    President O is doing amazing work. Kudos to him and I believe he is leading us in the right direction. I am not anti Bush either. I believe Americans should unite behind this man we elcted as President, whether or not they are Republicans or Democrats.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  265. duane theberge

    I think the President in his first hundred days has managed to kill more humans by releasing money over seas for abortion, and stem cell research than the whole Iraq war. Excelant record to be proud of.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  266. Holly in Albuquerque

    Putting a new face on America.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  267. Sylvie S.

    A young man that can go one-on-one with leaders of this world; one who speaks English and understands how one word can explain so much; one who does not embarass me with open mouth; the energy and will to win makes me proud. The greatest accomplishment will be left to history, hopefully 8 years from now.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  268. Bill

    His biggest accomplishment has been to fuel the Liberal media with more propaganda to sway the uninformed and naive public toward socialism.

    He also gets credit for polarizing the nation more than anyone in history and spending more money than all the US combined in 200+ years in just 100 days

    April 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  269. The man

    Demonstrating what Adam looked like when he was made in God's image.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  270. Bonnie in Arkansas

    I really think the right-wingers are happier snapping and snarling than they were defending Bush. Mr. Obama has the right calm, assertive energy for the job. Cesar's fans know what I mean.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  271. Lourene

    President Obama has done so much and it is difficult to determine what is the most important. Therefore, I have narrored it down to the three most important: lifted ban on stem cell research; close of Gitmo and reaching a hand out to leaders of the world which will cause others to rethink their negativen opinion of the US. It is very difficult to destroy a friend.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  272. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    His biggest accomplishment has been to snow the American people and getting the blind majority to happliy accept wreckless spending and unprecedented power grabs from the private sector. It is truly amazing how many people want to thank him for taking away their way their freedom and burdening our future generations with crushing debt by just blaming former President Bush. Well done Mr. President.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  273. flexx

    OBAMA is doing a great job! with all the issues he faces,he does it in a calm, way.! he gives us hope! but people need to give this guy a chance! review him after 2-3 years! not 3 months! give him a chance for christ sake......the Republicans need to shut their mouths! i didn't hear them in 8 yrs! now they COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERYTHING! THE PARTY OF NO! NO! NO!......

    April 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  274. Marc

    The fact that's it's been closer to 200 days! Had anyone ever heard of the phrase "Office of the President Elect" before? We finally have a president who likes to work!

    Marc,
    Ferndale, MD

    April 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  275. John from Maui

    President Obama's best accomplishment over the past 100 days can be summed up in two words: "Intellegent Leadership".

    April 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  276. Reena

    President Obama greatest accomplishment is his determination to do his job well, with a conscience and morality, that is winning him support all over the world.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  277. BostonDan

    Way too early to judge. While nobody can argue that he has not done anything, nobody knows what the results will be.

    People are emotionally connected with this President, one way or the other. Emotional connection can be very dangerous as it can blind people from seeing the bad AND the good. It will take awhile for the pro and con emotions to settle down. It will take awhile to see the actual results of his actions so far.

    For instance, is it good or bad that his plans will triple the national debt in record time? Is it good or bad that he is stopping aggressive interrogation techniques with captured terrorists? Is it good or bad that his plans include more government involvement in the private sector? Does it really matter to American self interest that other governments "like" him better than Bush?

    Let's not judge on 100 days, let's look after 6 months.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  278. Mary from Houston, tx

    His great work ethic in facing some of the toughest challenges in our history, working for a transparent government, and his excellent communication skills. (Not having Cheney as VP)

    April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  279. JS

    He has taken on the most problems that any president ever has, but he has done it with grace and humility, even after all the attacks from the right he has refrained from attacking them in response. He has proven himself to be bigger than any of them.
    Joan in North Carolina

    April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  280. RJ - Portland, OR

    I think Barack Obama's greatest accomplishment was signing into law the Children's Health Initiative, giving health care to an estimated 4 million children who didn't have it. The second was his great representation of the U.S. in Europe during the G20 summit.

    He's got a difficult road ahead, but he has proven in the last 100 days that he is fully capable of being Commander-in-chief, and that he has our backs.

    I'm proud of you, Mr. President!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  281. Rae

    Absolutely nothing, except dabbling in a little bit of this and a little bit of that-not focusing on one thing and making sure it works before moving on to something else.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  282. Lolita from Florida

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment was being able to pass most of what his policies through congress and the senate. President Obama was able to articulate his policies well with confidence. President Obama's recovery package was able to boost the stock market exceptionally well in a short span of time. Also, the middle class and poor class working people have seen an increase in their net pay of approximately 20-30 dollars in their paycheck due to decrease taxes. President Obama has made it possible for us to refinance our homes and buy new houses at a lower interest through his Housing bill. We are experienceng that effect at president. President Obama handling of the piracy attack was superb. The negative downside is that Limbaugh, and Shawn Hannity outrages anti Obama rhetoric has sky rochetted out of hand which I believe is destructive to our country and how foreign countires would view the United States. It is apparent to me that no matter what President Obama does they are adamant about wanting President Obama to fail. I do feel sorry for Michael Steel, because he has to deal with these outrages comments. Megan McCain is right. The republican party has no sense of direction but to listen to all these anti- Obama rhetoric.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  283. KarenB, centralFlorida

    He has managed to have his face on TV I would guess almost every single day. Probably bigger accomplishment than even the Cllintons.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  284. Ed

    The LARGEST fiscal deficit in history, TARP money handouts with little to no accountability, apologizing to a continent we helped free from Nazi tyranny and buddying up to freedom squashing dictators. It has been a busy 100 days. BTW Obummer supporters, GITMO is still open, troops are still in Iraq and troop levels are increasing in Afghanistan. The dog didn't even come from a shelter as promised.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  285. dan

    His greatest accomplishment is making it easier to be a white person in a multi-cultural/racial world.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  286. Sandy West-Leshinsky

    President Obama greatest achievement thus far to me is so much bigger than any one accomplishment. He has shown the American people and the peoples of the world what true leadership is and has shown he truly believes in the American people. He shows us respect and gives us all hope for the first time in decades. I am feeling our long wait for a great leader who is also willing to show humility was worth it. His contributions to us and to improving our reputation in the world are priceless in my opinion. He gets a big Ooh-RAH and Semper Fi from me!
    Sandy
    Stuttgart,Germany

    April 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  287. Neil

    His greatest accomplishment is winning the election. He's shown the world that anyone in America, regardless of color or creed, can become President of the United States as long as you're willing to lie and sell yourself to the highest bidder.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  288. Dianne: Paducah

    President Obama's greatest accomplishment is becoming the President of the United States. I love the way he can make Limbaugh, Hanity and Glen Beck rant and rave. The more they talk, the more ignorant they look.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  289. Patricia F

    Jack

    Mr Obama has done so much in these 93 days, it's hard to pick one thing. All I can say is I'm again proud to be an American and proud to say I voted for him. W never seemed to work, always going on vacation. Obama is always working and accomplishing something. Not only that, he keeps the public well informed of exactly where his plans are taking us. It seemed that the previous administration felt this was none of our business.

    God Bless America

    Pine Plains NY

    April 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  290. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    All you have to do is take one look at the Republican party as proof of his greatest accomplishment.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  291. Charles

    Not much to choose from yet. He is trying, but to say he has accomplished a whole lot is premature.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  292. Stella

    The Taliban were our allies not so long ago. Obama's most significant accomplishment is his decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. It will haunt him for the remainder of his presidency. It’s going to be another Iraq or worse. Now Pakistan is at risk. The law of unintended consequences is at work. War plans become invalid after the first shot is fired.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  293. Alan

    He is actually communicating with the American public, much more effectively and confidently than any of his predecessors, including Clinton and Reagan.

    What is refreshing, is that he is capable of answering questions extemporaneously, instead of regurgitating memorized "talking points," or trying to force prepared answers into the dialogue that are irrelevant to the original question out of fear or wishing to move on to the next (hopefully safer) question.

    While I don't agree with everything he's done, he's kept true on his promise of transparency. Further, he is not afraid of questions from the public or the press, like literally everyone in the Bush Administration was, and is confident in himself and his policies that he's willing to do interviews with a variety of media, rather than just (safely) fielding softball questions from Fox News.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  294. William Slaugenhaupt

    He is a charmer that most Flim-Flam artists employ. Gracefuly rewarding his Far far left base. Soon to be enriching his Club with a Cap and Tax on energy that will cost us dearly.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  295. sharon kitchen

    1.signing the action that will close Gitmo.
    2.stating that the US does NOT torture and signing this.
    3. reaching out to everyone the hand of "friendship"-whether recieved
    or not.
    4.leaving the door open for the justice dept to apply "JUSTICE" to
    those that corrupted justice;ie torture/gitmo/making laws/not
    following the constitution:bush/cheney/rove/rice/gonzo for starters.
    5.Stating we will get out of IRAQ.
    6.Putting regulation back/de-regulation by the above mentioned folks
    caused this county to experience pain like it has not and should not
    have felt. The BIG CEO's paracutes/pensions/trips/jets/homes.......
    7.Putting the "people" back into the "people's whitehouse and
    government". It is nice to be remembered as still exsisting, when
    the last 8 years only the RICH/WEALTHY/FAMOUS/GREEDY
    seemed to have mattered.
    all this in under 100 days..................................................thank you.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  296. Ed'sKate

    He has shown he is a man of his word. He also has shown the other countries we will not be acting like Cowboys anymore. I believe he has shown all of us what a true scholar, statesman and kind human being he is. Regardless of all the rhetoric being thrown at him and his adminisration by the former members of the administration of the past 8 years, he has presented himself as a gentleman.
    What a relief to know he will follow the rule of law in this country. We would not be in the mess we are in if that had been done by the previous administration.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  297. Dorian in Durham, NC

    ** A MUST READ**

    Jack, Pres. Obama's biggest accomplishment has been staying true to most of his campaign promises when running for office. However, some Americans have quickly developed amnesia when they see he's actually trying to accomplish everything...Does hope and change ring any bells?!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  298. Dave Smith, Oklahoma

    I say, its the changing of the Iraq to Afghanistan surgery.

    Thats Really the single biggest issue for our nation's national security, future security, and American lives, and money spending on non normal routine.

    Anyone can sign a stimulus bill, and this one was loaded with fights and political posturing like all of them are, the budget bill loaded with pork + separate request for funding for Iraq/Afgh was Leftover business from Bush's last year and even loaded with stuff from congress people that lost their seats.

    I'd Say it was the International Meetings because all of them had to get done asap, to meet and greet, and set agendas coming up, and to begin dialoge with those we need to work with.
    But... Iraq and Afghanistan are the most important problems we still have going.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  299. JIM CALIFORNIA

    President Barack Hussein Obama is on his way to compete with Jimmy Carter as the worst president in History. First of all there has been no tax break for the working and middle class. The $15 a week more on a paycheck will have to be returned when filing the tax return. He plans on releasing the muslim detainees at Guantanomo in this country to commit terrorist acts. He aided and abbetted the enemy by revealing our interragation tactics. What a con artist. By the end of his term in office, our country will be a paper tiger. I don't see any significant accomplishments Obama has done as of this date. He did accomplish spending more money than all 44 previous presidents. I don't consider that a positive accomplishment.

    April 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  300. Wendy, St Paul MN

    Reversed all those backward-thinking Bush Administration policies!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm |