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August 5th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Rating Pres. Obama's 2nd 100 days in office?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama is marking his second 100 days in office this week.

And, the economy remains one of the top issues - like it was during his first 100 days.

Many believe the recession may soon be ending: The housing market is showing signs of turnaround, the cash for clunkers program is boosting the auto industry and the Dow Jones is up 17-percent since Inauguration Day.

But - unemployment is now up to 9.5-percent and expected to go higher... and the deficit has increased by almost $800 billion.

Also on the economic front - the president signed a bill cracking down on credit card companies and their fees.

Meanwhile the debate over health care reform has taken center stage in the last month. Republicans - as well as some Democrats - continue to oppose reform, particularly the costs involved. If it doesn't happen - it could be a big blow to Mr. Obama.

As for foreign affairs - the president made his historic speech to the Muslim world in Cairo during his second 100-days. Mr. Obama also set a cautious tone in responding to the Iranian demonstrators protesting their disputed elections.

So how's he doing? These days - Americans give President Obama an average approval rating of 54-percent... In June, most polls showed the president above 60-percent... and his ratings were even higher during the first 100 days. But - as all politicians learn - that's what happens when you get to governing.

Here’s my question to you: How would you characterize President Obama's second 100 days?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

J.G. writes:
Wake me when it's over. Hopefully things can't get any worse than they already are with this man. A community organizer does not make a good president. With no business sense or understanding, how can he possibly relate? He is spending beyond our means with no way to pay for it, other than increasing taxes, since he isn't doing what he promised by cutting out the pork!

Justin from North Carolina writes:
The market is up, thousands of cars were bought, Iraq is winding down, our people got out of N. Korea, and Republicans have been reduced to birthers or town hall screamers. I'd say that's an "A+"

Andrew writes:
I am still waiting for his economic stimulus to work. He really ought to complete his first assignment before moving on to something else, and if it takes tax increases on the middle class to finance his health care bill, then he might as well hand Congress back to the Republicans on a silver platter.

Christopher from Canada writes:
Hey Jack, The only problem I've seen in the second hundred days is the ongoing fear-mongering being spewed by the Republicans and Fox News. America should be very proud of your president; I know we approve here in Canada.

Bill from Sacramento writes:
Pres. Obama gets an A+ for trying. He is the most open president the American public has seen in a long time; he always appears to have a solid grasp of the issues and explains his positions in a way that is both intelligent and easy to understand.

Adam from Simi Valley, California writes:
Obama has successfully pushed a truckload of his progressive agenda into the national consciousness. We now have czars in America. With the steps taken to socialize medicine and tax energy, coupled with the horrific first 100 days of bailouts and wealth redistribution to those who never deserved it, he is well on his way to his Socialist Utopian Society where we are all equal and everyone is entitled to the same lifestyle regardless of how hard they have worked to succeed. I am sure that deserves a gold star in someone's book.


Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. HJO

    Terrible!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  2. Patrick Lockwood

    The reality of the true impact the president has is starting to set in. This applies not only to Mr. Obama but to the American people. His stimulus package did not have the short term affect he promised and which no reasonable economist could actually believe it would have. The realization that he is creating debt faster than any previous president is occurring to the public and this is driving the fear about a healthcare program that would accelerate the debt increase. My rating for the second 100 days – "C" and welcome to the real world Mr. President.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  3. Jim

    Jack,

    Obama is doing terrific! He's making progress on a whole range of problems that he inherited, and he's not allowing himself to be unduly distracted by the pathetic conservative bloggers and republican ankle-biters. He re-established respect for America throughout the world and has the economy slowly coming back to life. He didn't solve all of our problems in 100 days or 200 days, but then only a fool believed he would. A president faced with monumental problems has the chance to achieve greatness. Obama has it in him to achieve true greatness, Lincoln greatness, as our president.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  4. dale dribble

    His first hundred days were an open checkbook. His second hundred days begin with an empty checkbook but still the same crappy spending habits. Blame Bush all you want, because we all know that is the current governments way of getting around their own poor governing, but I say IMPEACH him.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  5. laurapaxton

    I give President Obama an A. He has not been afraid to move forward with his ideas, based on his campaign promises. Health care needs a massive overhaul, and he has dealt with great opposition to give the people what we need. Too many of us are unemployed and uninsured these days! In the UK, the costs of doctors are half what they are here, and their incidence rate of heart attack and stroke is half of ours. I agree with the President's actions in Afghanistan. I agree with his decisions regarding the economy. The stimulus package for people like me (disabled, on medicaid) helped me get exercise shoes and clothes for the summer. (Eugene, OR)

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Paul - NC

    Maybe another 15 trillion and he will be a great President ... why stop now .. lets have the government control everything and leave the worries of a democratic society for the lure of a more socialist one.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Scott

    The honeymoon is over...

    I'd rate his second 100 days like did his first, mediocre at best. Spend, spend, spend, then spend some more. He is right, health care needs reform, but this reform needs time and much review. Throwing money at our problems won't work, especially when we don't have more money to spend. What happened to reviewing all government programs and cutting those that "don't work" (as he promised in his campaign)...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  8. charlotte of Memphis

    I give him a b+ he doing good the gop f the party of no.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  9. Bessie

    He is doing great. He pulled us from the brink of collapse. Be patient.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  10. Marcia from Indiana

    As a history teacher I would still give Obama an A -He is working to solve a huge problem. The Republicans just look like obstructionists and seem to be believe in Fascism-isn't the yelling down of ideas what happened in Italy and Germany before WWII??

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  11. doris kan

    The President is doing a great job! If my memory serves me correct he said in the beginning that it was going to take 2 to 3 years–maybe 4–to see improvements on ALL fronts. REMEMBER it took 8 to 12 years through Republican control to get us in this mess-so you want a miracle in 200 days of OBAMA's Presidency. Come on folks–give me a Break.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  12. stormie alexander

    I think he is doing a good job. With all he had to encounter when he initially took office. He had a lot to cope with a nd a long ways to go. Some people want him to fail because he is Black. But he is not going to be the worst president we've had.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  13. Bryan Brooks

    Outstanding job for Obama. Given the complex problems he is dealing with he is an A+. He shows leadership and the ability to put people over politics. Most of the mess he is dealing with lies at the doorsteps of republicans and especially the Bush/Chaney right wing.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  14. kenny

    He already has shown that I made the wrong choice. I voted for him!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  15. Nancy Mowry

    Bottom line, I am still firmly convinced that Barak Obama is the best choice we could have made. Does anyone seriously think that McCain/Palin would be turning the economy any better?????

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  16. laurapaxton

    oops.. I meant to say on medicare..

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  17. rick775

    His performance is terrible. He has done nothing except pass out Billions to his rich friends. None of his programs are going to help anybody on main street. Maybe he should stay in DC and do something about the Millions of jobs disappearing every week, other then blaming "W". We are getting the spending now, when will the TAX part start?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  18. Randy in PA

    I'd give the President an 85% for effort. A 95% on his compassion and humanity. Unfortunately, he is in a death match with special interests on everything and I really doubt they and the Congress will ever do what's right...soooo...he's probably not going to get much done.

    Sad.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  19. Tommy

    Obama's presidency is potentially the greatest American catastrophe since the Civil War. If he gets what he wants, he will obliterate the American economy. What he doesn't understand is that economic growth does not just happen. It takes healthy and confident capital markets, not a government-run economy.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  20. Zach Race

    Still growing into his role as the world's janitor. Bush left him quite the mess to clean up, and it will take atleast 2 terms to do it. He needs time and the constant infighting left on his side.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  21. David J. Vohlken

    Obama's second 100 days have confirmed his sincere desire to promote the best interests of our nation and its citizens, in complete contrast to George W. Bush, who, for his whole eight years in office, seemed to be intent upon tearing our nation apart. To have survived Bush is a testament to the real strength of our beloved nation.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  22. ds, San Diego

    You can't reverse 30 years of soundbite democracy and the country's addiction to short-term results overnight, but Obama is trying. That's enough reason to wish him the best of luck. All I know is I'm happy we aren't commenting on the second 100 days of the McFear/Paliban administration.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  23. Charles Roesch, Ph.D., M.D.

    Pres. Obama is a superb intellect at a time of impossible expectations and demands. I doubt anyone could be doing a better job than he.

    Charles Roesch
    Muskegon, Michigan

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  24. childone

    I think Mr Obama's doing well because he's the man for the task He has done what supposes to be done.I am optimistic in 3 more months things will get better because Mr Obama is in the right path he has taken good decisions.Therefore, pray for Him for GOD can help Him to save the American.I give him an A plus for every things only for Gitmo I give a C minus because I think is too early to close Gitmo.The decision is good but the time is not right now it could be sometime 2012, that would be much better.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  25. Jack Hildebrand

    I think he is showing what he really is. A person that is caught up in his own super stardom that really does not have a clue what he is doing. His actions say he does not care about the Constitution of the United States. His one talent is to dazzle people with his false tongue. Simply said, he is an egotist that will tell any lied to get what he wants. And what he wants is for people to worship him. A dangerous man at best.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  26. Rodney

    I give the President a B. People need to understand he cannot change government alone. There are checks and balances that can alter his goals. Also, the President is not a miracle worker. Anoyone who has a habit knows it is hard to break; and Washington has alot of bad habits.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  27. phil bowman

    It is just not happening for Obama. His Administration is too focused on social change, cap and trade. We need jobs! Not promises! Not Green jobs! We need jobs that feed our families. Every where I go the talk is jobs. Does not matter if you are blue or red. Very soon time will run out and we are going to have a large amount of people that will resort to what ever means are required to keep family fed. So on Jobs the get a F grade. Get the job issue resolved and then work on the social agenda. In his own words! He is acting stupidly! Would love to see it work, but losing faith in administration and America!
    Tonights menu! Beans and Rice! Last night, Rice and Beans!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  28. Michael, FL

    If moving fast is important President Obama gets an A+. However, when you look at which way he is running or running the economy/country into the ground. I would still say he is moving Fast, so over All I give him an F+, fast failure. I could also give him an S, not for Satisfactory but for Socialist Agenda.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  29. Tony

    It's amazing what happens when new ideas and hope come in contact with the billions of dollars that want to maintain the status quo. I think that all presidents and VPs come to office with hope (except Cheney – and I've voted Republican for 20+ years). Unfortunately an apathetic public will throw their hands in the air and do nothing. In a begrudging admission, I know I do.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  30. Pam

    I have appreciate him taking hard stands and not taking the easy softer way. He remains a steady hand in a very difficult time in our country. We are blessed to have him

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  31. Lauren Perreault

    I think his performance has been awesome. From the worst President we ever had (W), he inherited an economy in crisis, a broken health care system, a huge deficit, an auto industry in the tank, a banking industry that was totally unregulated and had played games with our money, and, lest we not forget, two extraordinarily expensive and complex wars overseas, a crazy loon in charge of North Korean nukes, and a country that didn't want to admit we were the cause of global warming. He has passed health care for children, will soon pass health care for the rest of us, has started the economy back on the track to prosperity, initiated energy saving strategies, gotten the wars under control, propped up the auto industry, propped up the banking system and is unraveling the mess they made, and started the process to normalize relations with North Korea, And he's done it all with grace, class, and good humor. The man should have a giant "S" on his underwear. Thank GOD he is our President - and may God keep him safe from the nutjobs who think he wasn't born here or who just can't handle that he is half Black.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  32. Confused

    With so many people unemployed and the many in the younger generations choosing not to work who do they think is going to pay for all these grants, stimuluses, and healthcare? I am at the end of the baby boomers and I am retiring in 3 years. My income will be cut in half – so will my taxes. Unless the president and congress plan on paying for all these many changes out of their pocket, all these changes will look good on the news but will never actually be cut a check. There is no where for the money to come from. Change is good but not at the speed of light!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  33. Al

    I think he (Obama) is a great salesman, however the products he is selling are not what this country needs, right now the American workers need jobs, jobs and more jobs, gotta have a paycheck to help the economy.

    Al in Virginia

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  34. narvella wright

    I think he is doing the best any one can considering the mess he acquired in becoming President. I find it foolish of people to think this man can turn so many things around in SIX MONTHS that those screwed up in the last 12 years. Including part of Clintons "reign". If anything he is trying to solve too many issues at one time. How ludicrous to even begin to rate this man who took over a "depressed" nation.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  35. Joe Nemec

    Jack, I've never seen anything like President Obama in my entire 64 years. He is everything this country has needed for all times. He actually is doing exactly what he is supposed to do by proposing, promulgating, debating and negotiating every issue that has been deteriorating and tearing this country apart. He has a fearless understanding of his allies and opponents and knows he must keep them both close. He especially keeps the American people close. He talks to us every day. We finally know what our president is doing. He definitely brings more light than heat to us all. If anyone deserves a bonus he does!

    Longmont Colorado

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  36. Robert

    Well considering the Obama is considered a racist, socialist/communist by Glen Beck and some of his Republican associate, I think he is doing a pretty darn good job holding this Democratic coalition towards a more responsible government. Government can never be the answer to everything and neither can private enterprise. The pendulum has shifted so far right during Bush Jr presidency that it will take many presidency to correct the pilfering of American coffers done by Halliburton and friends. Where were the Conservative Tea coalition when Bush bankrupted America on an unsubstantiated war? If they were true fiscal conservatives they would have been on the streets and hollering. Instead now they are drowning out real health care debate that America needs as we approach this new era of health care reform. Patriots they are not, fiscal conservatives they are not. Angry people, hateful people that believe they are entitled they are.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  37. Rob Snowden

    I think President Obama is doing a great job after only 200 days in office. His initial accomplishments have been many and positive while numerous campaign promises, of course, are yet to be tackled. As for our dire economy, well, former President Bush took two terms to get us into this financial quagmire so I think I can give this administration at least until next year to really get us turned around. I guess the only detractors to President Obama are the Birthers, Tea Party activists, most of the health care industry, the wingnuts on talk radio, and most of the GOP "Party of No" congressmen and Senators. Now if only the Democratic congressional super majority can summon the courage to work together to pass the President's agenda, his 3rd 100 days in office will be outstanding!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  38. Richard Smith

    He still has about 1260 days. Let just see how we are then.

    Richard Smith
    Clarkston,GA

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  39. Mofasa

    President Obama's second 100 days surely meet my expectations as a citizen. We have all seen a president who is working hard and 'battling' the economic mess from all fronts. We have seen a president with a busy agenda that is pushing the Congress to work harder than before. We certainly don't expect our president to dig us out of this deep hole in 200 days. Yet, he is at least engaged in implementing an action plan which is, probably, already showing us some signs of recovery. I will not hesitate to applaud him for a good start and am willing to give him more time (probably years) to exceed our expectations. My grade is B+.

    Dallas, TX

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  40. Jimmy in Concord, NH

    Mr. Obama has failed miserably in all major endeavors:
    – Cairo: Brought up the issues of Guantanamo Bay and "torture nation."
    Unnecessary; weakens us.
    – Economy: Claimed we weren't spending the stimulus fast enough to be effective. One and a half weeks later, when things begin to brighten, he claims the stimulus helped.
    – Cash for Clunkers: Ran through the entire budget in four days. Instead of admitting defeat, they plan to pump TWICE as much money into to program to sustain it!
    – Healthcare: The bill is full of bloat and policies that infringe upon our civil liberties far beyond the miserable Patriot Act. The Democratic Party is accusing the right of organizing "mobs". This sounds a lot like community organizing to me! So what's the problem?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  41. Aiman Beg

    The presidency prior to President Obama left us a Nation with few strengths and many weaknesses. Looking at where we are since President Obama took on the leadership on the platform of change, he is very much, and to the dismay of many, has shown an unprecedented commitment to his promise, to stir the couldron of status-quo and show our Nation a new way forward. Change and specially people change is the hardest and takes time, it is a journey which is uncomfortable for all. As a Change advocate, I understand the process and am supportive of President Obama's approach and actions. In the words of the President... change is difficult, but it is always possible. I wish the Presidency and our Nation the very best for a future better and sustainable than ever before.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  42. PB from Colorado

    Thank goodness he came along when he did. Could you imagine where we would be if we continued to get "BUSH whacked" across our heads! No ARRA. No Cash for Clunkers! No Stimulus! No way out!. So Mr. Obama is managing to do the unthinkable, chip away at a terrible beginning. Hey, I give the man a B+. None of us could have done better! Thanks Mr. Obama.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  43. Clara Bowen

    President Obama rates ZERO with me. He is a millionaire and yet he charged the American Taxpayer over $20,000.00 to take his wife on a date to New York. There are plenty of VERY NICE restaurants in D. C.

    Since I was laid off last year, my annual income is less than half of $20,000.00 per year and I now live in City housing. I draw food stamps, provided I can show proof that I put in a least 20 applications per month in order to keep my benefits.

    OBAMA PAY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER BACK.

    I Obama wants to take his wife out then he should foot the bill.

    He is all smoke and mirrors... no substance!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  44. Larry in Atlanta

    He is restoring our reputation abroad, and slowly restoring confidence domestically. Those who say he is taking on too much at once are ignoring the fact that as a country we have dug ourselves some very big holes in the past few decades, and that continuing to put the problems aside will just make the solutions that much harder. Are the deficits scary? Very much so–but on balance, NOT borrowing money to help get us out of this economic morass would probably have been worse. And where were the republicans who are now screaming about deficits when Bush was spending borrowing similar amounts for an unjustified war in Iraq? Is he perfect? No-nobody is. Is he doing a heck of a job in a really tough situation? You bet.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  45. Cullen Bailey

    His second 100 days are when he finally revealled himself to be an avid socialist. His lies about not wanting a single payer health care system are ridiculously transparent. Handing out our tax money so people can buy new Japanese cars is ridiculous. He, Nancy and Harry our driving the entire country towars economic insolvency at break-neck speed. Its our fault for electing one party to control both houses and the presidency.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  46. ed cunningham

    Pretty dog gone good, especially considering that the GOP does nothing but criticize long and loud. Lets judge him this time next year in order to get a true reading on his effectiveness. I predict we will have some sort of health insurance reform that will be acceptable to the great majority of businesses and the general public. Democratic control will continue in large enough numbers that improvements will be made in the year leading to the 2012 elections.

    Gadsden, Alabama

    August 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  47. Dave

    Well, he acted in typical liberal fashion and ran around apologizing to everyone for all of the world's problems. This was no surprise to anyone who acknowledged the fact that obama sat comfortably through 20 years of rev wright's weekly diabtribes against the United States.
    He demeaned the office of the presidency by not only going on a late night talk show, but then made fun of special needs people while there. What a guy!
    BO has spent more $$$ in his first 100 days reading more scripted speeches from his beloved teleprompter then all other past president's combined, the whole time swearing up and down that he won't raise taxes on the middle class. Riiiiiight

    He is an empty suit that hates America and I can't wait for 2012.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  48. matt

    I think the President is doing a great job! The economy and unemployment rates are not going to go up over night. I have no party favorite, but the Republican party needs to quit whinning and start presenting better solutions to this ongoing crisis we are in. The cash for clunkers is obviously a huge success. Also, if Obama wants to have a beer or two, who cares? Drop the Beer Summit already! They were acting like one hour out of Obama's day was going to ruin this entire world. Republicans better start working with the President and the Democratic Party to help America instead of continually trying to belittle the President and his polices. Those politicians need to grow up! As far the stimulous packages, they are working. They are keeping citizens employed especially out here in Arizona. If there was no Stimulous, I would hate to see what the umeployment rate would be?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  49. Robert Foght

    This president has provided more specific and rational direction, more in-depth explanations of the state of the country and his programs to improve our lot and our place in the world than any president in my lifetime. Obama appears to me to be on track to stand alongside FDR as a leader capable of taking us through the present darkness and into the light. His administration has already initiated more positive change for our country than provided over the entire past eight years.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  50. Mark Swan

    I think Pres. Obama and the Democrats in the House and Senate are going to hurt our country with all of this borrowed money. Eventually inflation will show up and destroy any growth that (may) happen. I think the President is a socailist and he wants to change the entire country from one that rewards hard and smart work to a government that gives hand outs for nothing. Capitalism works, just look at our great country, the envy of the Entire World. Ok, you want to fix Healthcare. Fix it for the people who can't get affordable Heathcare in the private market. Do Not try to overhaul the whole system. The government messes up everything it touches. Medicare and Medicaid are near bankruptsy. Do you actually think they can make this New Healthcare system work? I do not think so. I hope Pres. Obama is a one term president and I hope the Republicans or at least conservatives of some party take control of the house and senate and get us back on track with TAX CUTS.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  51. Jim Farrow

    Jack, I am very impressed with President Obama. He has been honest, smart and hard working for the American people. Keep up the good work!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  52. Heather Brown

    The American people are beginning to see the President very clearly and how his policies are affecting their lives. Taking from some to help others is not the American way and it never will be. We are the Government, and it is funded by the working class of this country. So no matter how great a Government program sounds it must still be paid for by the tax paying citizens of this country. The tax paying citizens are getting sick and tired of seeing less in their paycheck and more for those who do not contribute. The second 100 days will continue to show a spot light on how the American hard earned monies will fund more and more for those who do not pay taxes and President Obama's numbers will continue to drop.

    Carmichael, CA.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  53. Robert T. Burkes

    Obama, and i refuse to use the term President when I refer to the nitwit, has done more in 200 days to destroy America than most of the bad guys we're fighting in the middle east. Obama is a socilest, and wants to change America to Communist. HE WILL BE A ONE TERM PRESIDENT, IF HE MAKES 1 TERM, He will be shocked in the mid term elections, All these liberal elected officals are hiting a brick wall of displeasure when they go home for the August break. They are not idiots, they see the writing on the wall, back away from Obama, or these people will not reelect me....OPPS OBABA....THE LITTLE SOILDERS ARE DESERTING ARE THEY NOT!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  54. Tracy-Oakley

    With his full size plate of issues and all the negativity coming from the right I'm surprised he hasn't resigned. Unemployment rate is always the last to turn around and the deficit will get more in control in 2010.
    I think he is doing what he promised to do during the campaign which is what I voted for – Good Job!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  55. Jeffrey Agnoli

    Jack-
    Obama is doing very well. Though frustratiing to progressives, he truly hasn't made "the perfect" enemy to "the good". He has done much good already, considering the chaos left him by bush and company. The qualities of a truly great person and leader are there for the fair-minded to see, and if he can overcome the implacable, irrational resistance of the republicans and the timidity of many democrats, our country will be a far better place because of his presidency.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  56. Trip

    How would I rate his second 100 days??? In all the years I have never seen such disregard for the country! He is going to Bankrup the country, bring in a socialist government, distroy the things that we have accomplished all these years and distroy the will of the people. We now see the true OBAMA... I bet there is a lot of people out there that are just sooooo happy they voted for this guy.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  57. Darlene Baysa

    President Obama is doing a brilliant job in Health Care, the economy, creating more jobs as a result of the jobs that where outsourced when the former President Bush was in office. Terrific job handling international affairs especially Irag ....both wars. Sound wisdom in not allowing the Republicans to distract him with all the vicious and deceiftul ads and evil strategies. Superb White House Cabinet. He is doing beyond what I expected. He told us change would not happen overnight. Consider what he inherited!! The country had gone to the garbage.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  58. Katie Fannon

    The second 100 days are excellent. In our days of instant everything, Americans become a bit delusional by thinking one person can fix everything immediately. President Obama is a great leader – he has surrounded himself with an intelligent staff who work endless hours to repair all types of problems. I am disappointed by those who are expert armchair quarterbacks, fail to get the message and continue to disrupt the will of the majority of Americans by their selfish actions. There is always room for debate – but there is a time to say – ok, let's try it your way and adjust as necessary. It is better to try and fail than to do nothing as America is attacked by enemies foreign and domestic.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  59. adam

    I think he has done a good job stabilizing the economy. He has stopped the bleeding and it is just a matter of time before the unemployment number drops. if a repubilican was in power, we would be hundred times worse 'cos all they care about is war! war! war! and gun, gun. they don't care if people are dying of hunger as long as they keep fighting war.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  60. John From Connecticut

    Jack,

    President Obama walked into the presidency with the country being in just about the worst shape It's ever been in. The economy was about to collapse, unemployment was inevitably on the rise, people were suffering while trying to obtaining reasonable health care, two wars were being waged, and our reputation around the world was in tatters.

    He was completely honest with the American public that fixing these issues was going to be hard. That there were no easy way out of the dangerous road that the previous administration had steered the country down.

    After the past 200 days, I can say that I have never seen a President work as hard as President Obama. He is tackling all these issues simultaneously with as much prudence as possible. All while battling the people who are committed to see him fail, while offering no reasonable alternatives to what they are attacking.

    For people to be impatient after only 200 days of working on the monumental problems that we faced is outrageous. If I were President Obama, I would have thrown up my hands and left town after the first 100 days.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  61. daver

    A sad 100 days for America as Obama destroys the American spirit of captialism and free enterprise. We are headed to down the road to socailism that even an article in Pravda call "breathtaking". The founding fathers would be so sad that their experiment in freedom is being destroyed. Even China is a better example of capitalism than the US.

    I hope that Obama failes in every program. It is like someone giving a medicine that will kill the person, but the one giving hopes it will help. His goal may be admirable, but the end results deadly. How can we have hope that a government that can't run Medicade, Medicare, the Social Secutiry, Cash for Clunkers, even their own Cafeterias,can run a trillion dollar health care. We are in for many sad and difficult days ahead because of Obama.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  62. Belinda Bishop

    Let's face it – the man has an overflowing plate. This mess didn't happen overnight (or in a few hundred days) and it's not gonna be fixed in a few hundred days. I don't always agree with Mr. Obama's choices, but I never agreed with GWB. Anything has got to be better than the past 8 years.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  63. Karl from SF, CA

    President Obama is doing great. The recovery is going as well as can be expected, since you can’t fix an eight year disaster in six months, and as stated today he is going to get health care overhauled without the GOP if necessary. He is rebuilding our reputation overseas and working hard to get the country back on track. Congress, on the other hand, is a pathetic mess. The blue dogs are really just dogs and no better than Republicans. Hopefully all of them and a few Republicans will be replaced in 2010 and then Americans can really have the change the majority of us voted for in 2008 but have been denied.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  64. stephen waldman

    politics as usual. unless and until the role and size of government is drastically reduced, at least by 50-75%, there is no hope for our once great country. it's over.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  65. Dan

    He's definitely a hard-working President, considering the many schemes Republicans have come up with to obstruct his progress. His stimulus packages are working, albeit slowly, but I'm worried that healthcare reform has distracted him from our more immediate problems and will end up dragging him down.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  66. Susan

    Inspiring!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  67. Joe Balocco

    He is hitting on all cylinders! On foreign policy, he eliminated the pirates who held an American sea captain hostage, negotiated the release of American journalist held by the "axis of evil", (Iran and now North Korea)
    and has generally restored Americas standing in the world. On the domestic side, the stock market is up 17%, banks are beginning to lend money again, car dealers are selling cars again and the people I talk to appear upbeat about the future. I give him an "A"
    Joe, Fort Lauderdale

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Dianna

    President Obama needs to rule another country, not the United States. His socialist tendencies scare the heck out of me. And it also looks like a lot of people are finally starting to come around and realize what they voted into the presidential office.

    Dianna
    NY, NY

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  69. Bill, California

    He is still learning. It took Bill Clinton a couple years to realize America is not as left leaning as he thought. Obama has done OK on international affairs, including winding down Iraq and emphasizing Afghanistan. The next 100 days test will be whether the economy recovers, and what happens with health care reform. The stimulus program better take effect, or it will be seen as a pork boondoggle. It will be OK if the economy recovers and we get no health bill. That is still better than passing a misguided health plan that further inflates the deficit or raises health care cost for most Americans. Oh, and he better not have any more Reverend Wright moments calling the police stupid or racist.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  70. RogersParkRob

    No opinion. Dont want to be labled as a part of an angry mob.

    Some freedom of expression. Yeah, lets stick with the ole crucifix in the urine kind of expression. It's more "Progressive".

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  71. Bud

    While I voted for him, I guess I expected too much and believed to much. The second "100 days" is like a hangover that just won't go away for 3 more years. The alternative would have been the "drunkenness" part.

    He listens to "We, The People" and then makes fun of us or asks our neighbors to rat us out on our personal opionions. He has forgotten that WE are the "soverigns" and he's simply the "figurehead." Figure it out fast or change will indeed come, in 2012.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  72. Mo

    Obama has tried to break the status quo but you can not change things because of the well rooted corpution, special interest, and greed. We Americans must help him get some of those well rooted representative out of there. Its time for change lets kick congress out and install new representatives that listen to the people they represent.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  73. Bill Atwood

    The President has shown that his lack of experience is a problem. North Korea could get a propaganda photo-op of Bill Clinton meeting with their dictator, an arrogant professor could be defended by his Harvard crony, taxes are going to go up, the economy is in turmoil, Joe Biden is a hinderance, Socialism is here, and the President can't control the Speaker of the House.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  74. Mattimus

    A+ if you're an investment banker

    F- if you're a taxpayer.

    NY NY

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  75. Merrick Finn

    Hello,
    It is a sad commentary that the mainstrem press wil not touch the "Live Birth Certificate" issue. Obama has refused to provide it. The Constituion requires that anyone running for the Office of President be a natural born citizen. Obama has provided no proof of his live birth status as needed to support him being a natural born citizen. Why is he not forthcoming? We need honesty, integrity and transparency in the highest office of this land. Without it he cannot be trusted. This issue should not go away until his birth status has been certified by the court. Trying to destroy the messanger does not invalidate the message. I hope you care enough about the Constitution to deal with the truth, however it turns out.
    Regards,
    Merrick

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  76. Hope - Tucson Arizona

    I would rate him at a B+. He inherited a hugh mess, and has done some really good things. Improved foreign relations, credit card reform, the stimulus package, which is showing signs of improving the economy, and he is working hard at getting a health care for everyone. We sorely need public health care as no one should be without it.

    I give him a B+ because he caters to the Republicans a little too much. If they don't want to join in, let them go, and then get the job done.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  77. Marlon

    Jack,

    I think Pres. Obama's first 100 days as "not bad for a rookie". Surely, there were some minor mistakes but the overall picture is still in tact (economic recovery, education & healthcare). I think if he follows his blueprint until the last 100 days of his administration, we'll be in better shape overall as a nation.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  78. Kile Anderson

    He has revealed himself as an avowed socialist and collectivist who hates America. He has also shown that he is a racist when he called the Cambridge police stupid. He is the most Anti-American elected official I have EVER seen. I knew that he was a leftist during the campaign but he has exceeded all my worst fears and expectations. If he isn't stopped soon, he will completely destroy this country as we know it. As a Capitalist and a little "r" republican, i couldn't disagree more with what Obama is trying to do to us. I only hope that America wakes up and takes away the Democrat majority in 2010 and shows Dear Leader the door in 2012.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  79. LeAndra McRoberts

    I just want people to give President Obama a good chance. He stepped into a huge mess that took years to create & it cannot be turned around quickly. I believe President Obama is really trying so people please give the man a chance.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  80. Melissa

    I give him a solid B. He's done very well. Now if only he'd go further left and give us National Health Care while telling the Republicans to shove their attitude where the sun don't shine.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  81. Herk, WV

    In one word: Grrreat!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  82. Manuel

    President Obama has done an outstanding job. He has been doing what he promised us to do, work for all Americans from Day 1. Remember Bush's first 100 days, 200?...no, I don't think so...but the damage is still being felt!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  83. Steve Hunter

    I can sum it up in one word. Terrible. He has no clue as to what he is doing. He is spending way too much, and not doing the right things to bolster our economy. Its obvious that he is just pushing his liberal agenda down our throats whether we want it or not. The majority of Americans DO NOT want Obamacare. Its the economy stupid!! Fix it!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  84. JoAnn B Heiner

    President Obama is doing an incredible job. He has my complete support on Health Reform and ALL the other programs he is pushing. We Americans need to fall in behind him and stop SELFISHLY thinking ONLY about our own personal situations. As a school teacher I don't make a great deal of money but I am willing to pay my fair share for Health Care for all. It need not be paid by only the rich! This is my country and I love it.

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  85. morgan lal

    Im still struggling to find a job.I still have to have my Home Loan Modification done.It is after writing to the President, Senator Feinstein and Barbara Boxer that Im waiting for response to my dillema.HUD is not able to turn around Bank of America. I need to have the Housing Relief Programme to modify my Home loan.Can somebody get something going after all these 200 days of promises and rhetorics on saving homes.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  86. Dustin

    A in"Absent-minded Vocalization"
    B in "Bartending"
    C in "Climate Change"
    D in " Direct Drawbacks"
    F in "Following Teleprompters"
    Finally an "I" or incomplete of elective course
    ""I Really Want to Help the Middle Class.""

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  87. Mark in Miami

    D+. I'm prone to giving him an F, but he is personable and that counts for something. However, his tax and spend agenda is disasterous. Furthermore, blaming former President Bush is not going to work anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  88. Paul Sims

    Obama's last 200 days have been just like his first 100 days in office. A lightening-fast pace toward taking this country down. Our healthcare system, for example, needs some changes no doubt. But the democrats see it as a great opportunity to grow government with an eventual single payer system that will put private health insurers out of business and the government in full control.

    The last 100 days underlines the fact that President Obama cannot be trusted. He is a strong proponent of the single payer system – in his own words, yet he claims today that's not the case. Time will tell – and then it will be too late. We will all be faced with poor healthcare and rationed healthcare a few years down the road. Unless Obama starts to work for the people of America during his next 100 days.
    Paul, Atlanta, Georgia

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  89. Juan Mario

    A valiant effort against a massive tide while juggling ten glass plates. Have we forgotten the mess we were in when Obama took the presidency? We're too slow to accuse and too quick to condemn in this country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  90. alw14

    These second 100 days set the stage for the most pivotal and crucial days ahead for President Obama. They are they last part of the hill before one reaches the climax of the issues the Obama adminstration has chosen to tackle. These second 100 days have changed the national question from "what will we do?" to "how will we do it?"

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  91. ian

    A horrible failure. God save us all.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  92. rPERDOMO

    I think president Obama is doing his best, even though our nation was left in shmbles by the previous noodle brains. I give him 100% for effort and 100 % on caring.
    aurora,colorado

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  93. Deborah Baker

    Disappointing.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  94. Paul in Phoenix

    We're starting to see improvement on all fronts except unemployment which typically lags recovery, or so they say.
    This president and his administration leaves me with a sense of hope. Just 100 days ago everything looked horrible and prospects looked worse. Obama is moving on his promises and for that he deserves much credit.
    The next 100 days should be a better indicator of progress.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  95. john ..... marlton nj

    Strike two

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  96. Don sorenson

    I think as time goes on his inexperienc is showing. It seems like he's all talk and gets very little done. Heatlh care, I know we need change but he and congress need to slow down and get it right. This policy that they need to pass a bill quickly is not smart. We have had care issues for years and it can't be solved overnite.Maybe i'm one those in the howling mobs but as a citizen we all need and have the right to be heard.By the way i'm not a repulican

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  97. ddez

    I am Independent and lean more toward a conservative demonstrate, however, I believe president Obama is leading us way to far to the left and on the verge of becoming a socialist state. I'm believe his health care ideal is a big big mistake, just look at other nations social health care does not work.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  98. Lawrence Davis

    He's doing just fine. Unemployment is a trailing indicator; however, a 3% unemployment rate (i.e. full employment) was not sustainable. The government is being paid back with extra from bail-out funds.

    200 days does not make 4-years nor should we expect all the deep seated problems that got us here to be fixed immediately. We know progress is being made.

    Hartford, CT

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  99. Bubba, Ga

    He's actually doing something, instead of standing around with his hands in his pockets while the VP runs the country. Nobody knows if the stimulus programs will work, but if Bush hadn't wrecked the economy we wouldn't need them. I'm pleased that the President is an adult who doesn't have to be saved from choking on pretzels, and doesn't have to wear an earphone so someone can help him debate.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  100. Karen Fairfield

    Outstanding, he restores my belive that one can be a politician and sincere. Of coarse, he is far from perfect, but what a breath of fresh air after the 8 years of the Bush administration.

    I am again, proud to be an American.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  101. Molly Reiss

    President Obama inherited a mess when he took office. Some of the American public seem to think that he should be able to change everything in a matter of minutes, but change only grinds slowly through the system. It is amazing that he has been able to do as much as he has. The economy obviously still has problems, but there are definite signs of progress. I am a teacher and my district would have been in terrible shape had it not been for the Stimulus money. The International Community is beginning to open up to the American government again. People all over the United States and throughout the world are inspired by his eloquence, his life story, his honesty. I trust him completely to make his decisions based on sound advice from top-notch advisors, and to make them with the firm belief that he is doing what is best for the American people. What more could any citizen ask for? He is just wonderful and his first 200 days have shown in every way what a sterling person he is.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  102. Lee McDougle

    Our sick cannot wait
    Our poor cannot afford
    His dedication and integrity on the job speaks for itself

    Sonoma, CA

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  103. AJ

    Obama's term so far is just what I expected; self-agrandizing; muddled; and inconsistent. I am a lifelong Democrat and am astounded that we Democrats had a chance to put the nation on the right track and rather than do the sensible thing we opted to elect this inexperienced, arrogant, nothing of a human being. We were more interested in electing an African American than we were in doing what was best for the nation. Obama is the G.W. Bush of the Democratic Party and I hope to see him gone after one term. I didn't support him during the election and I don't support him now. I hope our next presdient is a man of considerably more substance than Obama. What a disaster!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  104. Lynn Cline

    President Obama has done a wonderful job and we support him 100%. His Health Plan will succeed when everyone sees that the real culprits are the healthcare companies and lobbyists along with the elected officials that have taken their contributions....

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  105. John

    I give him a D!
    The economy is tanking and he keeps focusing on Heath. And now he negotiates with a rouge state like North Korea. He has a great gift to gab but absolutely no direction where he's headed, or our nation! By the way, I've been unemployeed since March and have just filed for bankruptcy.
    So much for his "Change"!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  106. Denise

    I'd give heim a C. Once he gets the healthcare reform bill passed, a B+

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  107. Denis Duffy

    The SS Obama is taking on water and slowly sinking. Tis only a matter of time before the Obama ship of state slips below the surface.

    Denis
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  108. JLS

    President Obama has accomplished more in 200 days than Bush accomplished in 8 years. He saved our financial system from total disaster and helped stabilized the American auto industry.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  109. Sean

    The first 100 days have been a tremendous success given the recalcitrance of the GOP to participate in any meaningful way in solving the country's problems. The GOP has had no viable plans to solve any problems except to whine about having had their asses handed to them in successive elections. The Obama administration has put forth careful but ambitious plans that have passed congress despite GOP obstructionism.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  110. Ally

    He is a strong speaker. He attracts people due to his charisma. But he has no details in his speeches and plans. He is not a communist but he has many traits of one. You get punished for progressing aka higher taxes.

    Seattle, Washington

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  111. B. Elliott

    A+. Obama has done more positive things for our country in 200 days, then the last guy did in 8 years. I have a new car that I would never have been able to buy, thanks to Cash for Clunkers. Now his critics are laughing at him for being too successful. Stimulus money is just now starting to trickle down, though states are trying to get their sticky empty hands on it for their own coffers, As for unemployment, if he could pass universal health care, there are people holding on to jobs just for health care. These are folks who have enough points or years to retire, or have already retired, but are not ready for medicare. I personally can name ten right off the top of my head. Some of those are teachers, who would love to retire and give young teachers a chance. If Obama could only find a way to shut up those who have an agenda of hate and deceit at any cost, then maybe the rest of us would sleep a little better at night. Remember, empty buckets make the most noise and that they are doing, making a lot of empty noise.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  112. Elizabeth Vassallo

    President Obama is working tirelessly to gain healthcare for us. How can the Republican base get away with trying to stop him. I have had 2 cancer issues in the last 10 years–I am trying to retire, but cannot do so until I feel confident that there is a healthcare system in place that will protect me as I age–I need a PPO supplement to my Medicare to feel confident in the future. Mr. Obama is my savior, I hope.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  113. B Ray

    Yay Socialism! When do i get to quit my job and receive my free car, healthcare, unemployment, stimulus, etc!??! I cant wait til we all get free bread and lotto tix!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  114. Nathan

    I really don't think that there's anything more that President Obama cold do. I wish that Congress had suspended their recess to reach an agreement on the health care bill. They actually made a lot of progress this month.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  115. John Henley

    In the first 100 days, I was concerned when Obama had an extraordinarily high number of cabinet appointees who had tax evasion problems. This made me wonder about the character of the people he surrounds himself with and it also pointed out his inexperience.

    Watching Obama over a few more months, I wish he was acting more like the Commander in Chief (concerned with protecting the country and keeping this a free nation). He doesn’t seem to take this role seriously. That concerns me. He seems more concerned with getting involved in every area of our life, no matter what kind of deficits he runs up trying to fix all our “problems.” He doesn’t have much respect for free market economics. He is more interested in having the government decide how we should live and what we should give to.

    The incident in July of 2009 when he said a white policy office acted “stupidly” in arresting a black person who was suspected of breaking into a home was wreckless and dangerous. He later admitted he was wrong and that he didn’t have all the information. It’s hard to say what the consequences of this are going to be over time, but this should frighten every American to get a glimpse of how he might respond if there is a real emergency.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  116. Leon

    Jack,

    In addition to what you mention, he also managed to bring race back, by getting himself in the middle of a local dispute; he did not object to the Iranian regime killing their own people in the streets and at the same time he supported the Honduran president which was LEGALLY taken out of office, the difference, Zelaya is a socialist, like him.. He has not been "the most transparent administration", he is keeping information hidden and has already started to talk about tax hikes for the middle class. He still refuses to accept any responsability for the economy. It is still Bush's fault. That excuse is not going to cut it much longer. He calls anybody that does not share his ideas, a radical. He cannot see that it is true that there are millions of Americans that do not share his vision and they are free thinkers not sheep brought to protest by EVIL corporations.

    In a nut shell, in his second 100 days he has not delivered in the CHANGE he promised, but he is moving as fast as he can to transform this country from a capitalist power to a sad copy of a socialist France.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  117. Douglas Shane

    While President Obama hasn't inaugurated a new "New Deal" as I'd hoped for, I think he's doing better than can be expected – given the tough problems he's taken on. I am disappointed that his administration embraces so many Clinton administration faces; there are better problem solvers available. (Bill's trip to North Korea only underscores my concerns.) I would have liked to see less bail out money spent on business and more on people with NRA- and WPA-like projects reaching people-in-need directly... I understand the theories around "too big to fail," but I believe that our citizens are "too small to fail." Interestingly, reading Samuel Morrison's Oxford History of the American People (1965, but still excellent analysis), the Great Depression came about due to unregulated business activities and a President and Congress that turned their backs on the problems. Similarly, the 25-year-long depression of the late 19th century. It's discouraging that we choose to forget our history, therby dooming ourselves to repeat past mistakes. In any case, while Mr. Obama is no Franklin Roosevelt, I still have great expectations that he will see the wisdom of taking the bit in his teeth, stop wishing for "bi-partisianship," and court the "hatred" (after FDR) of the opposition by acting imaginatively boldly "For the People."

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  118. Al Hixon

    I will try to be as open and honest with you as possible........I will make mistakes......we will try to change the way Washington do business......I will bring respect back to the US from abroad........an honest President......I respect President Obama

    Al Hixon
    Golden Valley, Minnesota

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  119. brian crates

    I believe he the best president we have had in almost 50 years. He has went a long way in rebuilding our image in the world. He speech in Cairo was amazing. He has so much damage to repair and he has done so well.

    The health care is a huge problem. I am self employed and while my income dove when Bush was sworn in my health insurance cost was less than $500 a quarter, nine years later it's almost $700 per month with an added $2000 deductible. How can anyone not see the problem?

    God Bless Obama

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  120. Sam in Texas

    A+!!! He's already startin' to turn the economy around in only 6 mos! It took George "Dubya" Bush and the Republicans almost 8 years to destroy it!

    –Sam in Texas

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  121. sonny chapman

    Noble ambitions runs into reality. But we should always strive to rise above reality.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  122. Daniel Torluemke

    Jack,

    No president other than FDR has inherited as many huge problems than Barack Obama. Two wars, GITMO, TARP, two bankrupt auto companies, and all of the rest. All the Republican's have done is carp while offering no real solutions. We keep hearing them rail about "spending" but never explaining why they never tried to keep Bush and their own party from doubling the national debt.

    While they bashed the stimulus as "too expensive," they offered a 500 billion dollar stimulus of their own with more tax cuts for the wealthy, and recently proposed a 700 billion dollar health care reform package that does nothing to insure any of the 47 million without.

    All things considered I think Barack Obama has done well. He has made mistakes but who hasn't at a new job?

    How many of you know that unemployment hit 10.1 % during the third year of the Reagan presidency? Given this, why is Obama required to perform a miracle in just six months?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  123. Chris Brady

    For the socialists and layabouts I suppose he is doing great. I was raised to be self sufficent and that there are no free rides in life. So from my perspective he is a nightmare. Grade: F

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  124. A Nelson

    I do not believe that we, as Americans, can stand another 100 days cycled by the Socialist President that we now have. Our Constitution is in jeopardy and it is because of his personal idealogies. What people don't seem to understand is that his policies are "HIM". If you approve of him as a person – you approve of his policies. I think that if Americans want a Socialist Republic – that he has done one fine job...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  125. Sheila Brent

    I voted for him and he has surpassed my expectations.

    West Hollywood, CA

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  126. bob perrone

    Revealing, to say the least. His inexperience and lack of strong leadershp in his own party is showing. Either that or Pelosi and Reid's agenda's are exactly waht he intended all along – more spending and higher taxes.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  127. Tim

    Obama is a hell of a saleman, but now that he is in he stinks on ice.I can't wait to see the results in the next election.Let's make it a ACORN free one this time.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  128. Matt Biondo

    The man with the toughest job in the history of US Presidents (borderline economic depression, two foreign wars, crumbling infrastructure, failing healthcare and social security, etc...) is doing everything he can to right the ship and get the US back to being a nation of laws where all can prosper.
    Is this job easy? No... Is his job done yet? No... But I dont think anyone who is neutrally watching this can say anything other then President Obama accomplished more in 6 months then many of his predecessors did in one term. There's a long road yet to walk, but I'm happy that Mr. Obama is the man leading us.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  129. Phil Murphy from San Francisco

    Jack – I give him a C overall. A president is made over time. When he took over he took over a can of worms – international and national. Now he is stuck and mired in what he had promised to do.

    A "C" is not bad for a newbie. Remember our former President was proud of his C Average. And I expect that this C now will transform into a B by the end of this year.

    The economy is getting better. Wealth is returning to investors. Iraq is taking their own sovereign status seriously, and for once in the past six years we are taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    As for Health Care, he gets a D explaining it. He would have been better served by fixing Medicare first, and then subtly slipping in the option to let anyone buy into Medicare, and then he could have shown how to pay for it. Instead, he delivered a mess of a concept, and now not only has to backpedal around his promises, but also to defend himself against birthers and anti-government radicals from the right who are too ignorant to realize that Medicare is already a Government Run semi-Socialized Option that works. Yes it has problems, but it works.

    Obama is still getting used to being president and dealing with Congress. There is much work to be done and he inherited the government version of General Motors. Kudos so far and a lot of hope from me that it all turns out well. Expect the worst and hope for the best.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  130. Patrick

    The poster circulating says it all – he's a joker.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  131. Bill from Virginia

    Jack, since when do we start grading a President every 100 days, I could only wish the media was as watchful during the Bush Administration......

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  132. Diane Herron

    Obviously, President Obama is such an improvement over President Bush both on the economy, foreign affairs and domestic affairs. It is about time we take care of our internal affairs (i.e. health care reform, increased minimum wages, etc., etc., etc.)

    I think President Obama will probably be the best President the United States has ever had!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  133. Carol

    Alert my family in Michigan because after 4 years of being in a depression they will be thrilled to know all is well again. Oh, that's right, with all manufacturing shipped out of the country for cheap labor they will have to learn to do something different. Like working at Goldman Sachs and the megabanks, where the really important jobs are now making millions of dollars from nothing but bits of paper.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  134. Ed

    Bold, yet cautious. Forward-thinking with hints of politics-as-usual. Overall, B+. But it's still the first year. There's hope yet.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  135. Yacine

    I think Pres. Obama is doing a good job overall and I would give him an A for foreign policy, a B+ for the economy, which is slowly recovering, and an A for healthcare, although communication on this issue wasn't agressive enough on the part of the Democrats and the White House and for that I give them a C. They should have countered conservative misleading and unfounded adds, which aim (and succeed) at scaring rather than informing.

    Overall, good job Mr President!

    Yacine, from Montréal, Québec.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  136. John, Fort Collins,CO

    I think President Obama is doing exceptionally well given the hand he was dealt going into office. It took Bush and Cheney eight years to sink us into this quagmire, and it will take a lot more than 200 days for the President to dig us out. So far, he has shown us he has the energy, wisdom, and persistence to get the country back on track.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  137. Kim K. in Houston

    I give him high marks. The best it could be under the circumstances. It will take time to right the many wrongs he and the country inherited.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  138. Andrew

    I am still waiting for his economic stimulus to work. He really ought to complete his first assignment before moving on to something else, and if it takes tax increases on the middle class to finance his healthcare bill, then he might as well hand Congress back to the Republicans on a silver platter. I am afraid that the blue dogs are being choked red.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  139. Lancaster, SC

    I have to be honest and rate President Obama at a 30%. In the beginning prior to his election I could see he said a lot of words but they did not make much sense, He really never made a specific point. AS he progressed he was unable to actuually answer questions put to him. He skirted around the answers. He was never specific in his plans, just aht he was going to "MAKE CHANGE". The only change I see is that he has gotten moer clever in not really anwering questions. I did not like him saying we are not a Christain nation. Nor did I appreciate him appolizing to our enemy countries for the wany we handled things. I did not apprtecailte him kissing the Saudi King's ring finger in subserviance to him. Nowhere in our history has an American president bowed befoer another nation. He was all for removing all the trops from Iraq and then turned around and sent thousands to Afgalfastan/Pakistan. His wife never was proud of America until he was elected president. His freindship with terroust here in America and his assiciation with a anti hate america preacher for 20 years being influenced by the notorious rev wright. An last but not least his bails outs putting our nation in danger of bankruptcy, the gov healthcare plans which will be a disaster to our country and our way of life., He is a danger to the American people .

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  140. Frank

    He is going back on almost all the promises he has made during his campaign. His cabinet is now saying that they are not ruling out taxing the middle class, to help out with the budget. But if he would stop spending billions of our dollars, the tax burden wouldn't be as great. I am not a McCain supporter but the senator was right when he said that all Obama would do if he got into office is SPEND, SPEND, SPEND, thats one campaign promise that is accurate.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  141. Joseph Herrera

    A thousand times better than the last president (I won't even mention his name)....

    Obamonos! with the change!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  142. J Burke

    Considering all the problems he inherited from eight years of Bush/Cheney, I think he is doing a superb job. It feels like he is working for the average American – not big oil or Halliburton.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  143. Diana Docktor

    President Obama has done a great job! I give him a sold A. I find it interesting that the right wing is upset because Obama wants to provide health coverage, save huge industries like the auto industry, end torture and global warming. I hope Obama continues down the positive path he is currently on.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  144. Valerie Page

    The BEST in every respect. I couldn't be any happier!!

    VP

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  145. Jacobs

    You know Jack, id still take my chances with this new guy in office than the village idiot before him.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  146. Cash Dereszynski

    He can't spend it fast enough, and the new taxes are coming!
    People are aware of the costs , the words don't add up.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  147. Melanie Foster

    I think that President Obama has been doing an extraordinarily good job as President of this country. His outreach to other countries has been perfect, his comments about the Iran elections were right on the money, and he communicates with the American people about what he is doing. I do not think we could find ANYONE who could do a better job than he is doing. As for the economy, we all know that it takes time to recover from a mess as severe as we were in. I certainly benefitted from what he accomplished with the stimulus package. My unemployment benefits were extended until I finally found a job just late last month. They would have ended in February, and I might have lost my car due to not being able to make the payments had it not been for President Obama and Congress passing the stimulus bill.

    I GIVE HIM AN A+

    Melanie

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  148. phyllis Sanders

    I am a fan of our President, I voted for him, and will vote for him again, if given the chance. I think he is doing a good job, after all he had a lot to do, when he came into office, if people would just give him so time, and stop expecting him to fix, all that is wrong in 60 minutes. If all the people the nay-sayers, would just shut up, and stop being so negative about everthing, and give him the support he needs, things would be a lot better for all of us. The people I am talking about are the republicans, of course, they don't want him to have success, at anything, he is trying to do for this country. They can't stand the idea, that someone else can be a good leader, other than one of them. I truly hope that he is able to do the Job, that he is trying to do, for all concerned, the people of this great country. thank you.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  149. R. Eliot

    The fact that Obama would even consider making our veterans pay for service related health care problems through their own private insurance raised really scares me. What is this "what have you done for me lately" President going to do with our senior citizens?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  150. Marion

    The President is delivering on his campaign promises to support health care and banking reform. He has set a different and healthier tone in foreign relations. I'm proud of him!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  151. afam o

    Obama is doing a wonderful job. Might not agree with his policy but boy is he on the job. He is also as honest as he can with us and thats very refreshing. I dont understand why some people are hating on him and funny enough, its the same folks hes fighting for.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  152. Suzette - Ohio

    Reality!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  153. Aaron

    I think this whole thing about "grading" the president and rating the 2nd 100 days is ridiculous. First it was the 1st hundred now its the 2nd hundred – then what the 3rd and 4th and 5th – jeez – stop it already. The guy has big issues to deal with and armchair presidents don't have responsibility... how about giving the guy some props for trying – we didn't get that at all from the last guy... and stop trying to "make" news.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  154. Cindy

    My rating is a 2 out of 10. Until I see the job market improve my rating will not change. The bailouts will cause middle class taxes to rise and our standard of living to decrease even more. I am not convinced on the health care plan, but agree changes do need to be made. I want the bill to be read and understood by all even if it takes months before its signed into law. Greedy CEO's and Wall street are cleaning out our bank accounts and turning us into a third world country. Obama thinks jobs that have been or will be offshored are not worth saving, it was one of his first statements in office. I guess if his job was offshored he would change that statement. Stop offshoring and the H1-B Visa program and remove illegals out the USA. Support and Protect US workers, Obama.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  155. Mark Baltin

    I think he's doing great. He didn't just sit on his popularity, but he is spending it to handle big problems, like health care and energy. I think that people want to solve all of these problems yesterday, but the world doesn't work that way, especially since the insurance companies and their lackeys, the Republicans, just want to keep making money off the rest of us.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  156. RBH

    President Obama's second 100 days is his first 100 days, part deux.
    With the economy being Obama's number 1 priority, as it should be, Economics 101 teaches us the only way to turn an economy around and maintain sustained growth is to employ the populus. Throwing money at Wall Street and AIG and Detroit's Big Three will provide a slight, albeit temporary, bumb, it will not sustain an economy. Only full employment can perform that feat.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  157. Mario Martin

    He is doing excellent: the economy is better, diplomacy is better, he is pushing health reform, immigration reform, etc
    Better than 1 year ago. Still I don't like the idea of more taxes.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  158. Damian Mann

    Obama is doing OK. The REAL problem is that the rightwing of the Republican party would rather play political games than allow anything to get done. I would say there's one important thing Obama needs to do: Get tougher.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  159. Sam Munafoi

    He's being led around like a confused puppy – by his own party. Inever thought I'd see the day when I could feel sypathy for Obama.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  160. Richard Baker

    Obama is doing excately what he said he would do - raise taxes and more big government. The writers of the Constitution would roll over in their graves if they could see what Obama is doing to America. I would grade his presidency as an F -.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  161. Randy Stone

    This President doesn't have a clue as to what it's going to take to get the economy going again. It's about JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! Rebuild the American manufacturing sector. Give incentives to Corporate America to move the manufacturing back to the United States of America. Quit apologizing to every third world country. These apologies are a slap in the face to the vetereans that have fought and died for your freedom.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  162. Jackie Rawlings

    I'm a 65 year old African American and supported Hillary Clinton but Obama got my vote after an email answering my questions.
    He came in to a mess and as of today his second 100 days I give him an A for working 24/7 even with the continued attacks and insults. He really did listen to the people and at lease he's not taking vacations like Bush did when he took office. I love the ears and the smile and he puts action behind the words. Two thumbs up Mr. President.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  163. Shaun

    I give him a solid B. He's doing his best with a bunch of difficult issues. I'll tell you who gets an F-. Republicans! I'm more & more ashamed of their tactics & bull everyday.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  164. Lorraine

    Worse than I could have ever imagined.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  165. James Reid

    I can't think of a single act that Obama has done that has made our country better in the long run. Not one. I think he is a tinker toy president, building a bigger monstrosity with his tinker toys. It may look impressive but it will collapse eventually. I worry that his new tinker toy is our country.

    Carrollton, TX

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  166. verna heiberg

    He gets an A. He inherited a country mired in two wars, an economy that was near to a depression, a general dislike of the US around the globe, and too many other problems to list here. Pres. Obama is doing some drastic things just as FDR did to turn our country around.
    Give things more time. Pres. Obama gives us hope, confidence, and represents us well.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  167. Kelli

    The way I see it, Jack, is that President Obama is trying. He's trying really hard. And while I don't agree with all the policies he is attempting, I still stand behind him. I'd give him a higher approval rating than 54%. In comparision to GW? 110 all the way.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  168. abussie64

    Barack Obama is doing quite fine. He will be compare to great president like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  169. Ken in NC

    It appears the economy might be coming to rock bottom and positioning itself for a turn around. I feel President Obama has contributed to this turn around but there are those that could see him supply all the money from his pocket to turn the economy around and they would not give him any of the credit for it

    Over all, I would give him "A" "B" or "C". hehehe

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  170. ChicagoDem

    I think he has been doing very well, despite a few setbacks. I was glad that he did not get involved in Iran, it would have sent the wrong message. I am Iranian and I think he did the right thing by letting it play out. To get involved would have been disastrous at that point. I also see the stock market stabilizing after the recession that the republicans left him to deal with. I think, all in all, he has done an excellent job. Lest we forget, it hasn't even been a year and he is trying to fix the huge mess that was left behind by all the republicans. A-. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  171. Elaine Hickey

    I'd give the President an "A" for doing all he can to remedy the mess we were left with and extra points for fending off the Birthers, political advantage takers, and the various other ney-sayers, fear mongers and nut cases that seem bent on destroying him even if they take this country with them.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  172. ray munholland

    jack:

    hard slog for him due number of problems, complexities of such problems and solutions, length of time to find solutions, and, in no small measure, to democratic machinations in the halls of both levels of congress. add to this brew, the short attention span of the media and the public, the info-tainment quality of the media reporting (for the most part), the fanatical and strident right-wing punditry, and the incompetency of the gop to fulfill its role of honest dissent (and assent where indicated for the good of the country), one wonders how he can keep a game face and continue to work for sound solutions for our country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  173. clinton muehlenbrock

    President Bush last 100 days=nothing

    Obama first 100 days=:

    1. National park land preservation.
    2. Cash for clunkers.
    3. Withdrawl from Iraq major cities.
    4. Major healthcare reform on the horizon.
    5. Scrapping of uneeded military planes production.
    6. environmental bill passed.

    Jack if only 1 of these had been accomplished it would top the last 8 years of a ridiculous president.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  174. Ernie Smith

    Obama is busy getting, and trying to push others, mega bills passed by congress. Trouble is they will break the bank and the future of coming generations. He refuses to see the handwriting on the wall or listen to reason. His second 100 days is the same as the first 100; he gets an F.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  175. Dave

    I do not think we will be able to make it to Jan. 2012. Obama has been the worst and the Cash for Clunkers illustrates this more than anything. Who ever heard of spending money to buy something (Older Cars which may or may not be clunkers) only to destroy them. Most of what he has done makes absolutly no sense to me.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  176. Michael Simpson

    President Obama is, undoubtedly, a nice man, but he reminds me of a man with very little money, but a big book of blank checks. Until the "insufficient funds" notices arrive, there is nothing too expensive.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  177. Moni Smith

    I think President Obama is doing just fine. His only real problems have to do with the "Party of NO". I am not worried, he can handle it.

    Moni Smith, Deming, NM

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  178. Pat

    I would give President Obama B

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  179. flexx

    Jack,.. Prez obama has accomplished more in 6 mths tha Bush did in 8 yrs! he is doing a good job, the PROBLEM IS THE REPUBLICANS!! THE PARTY OF NO, NO, NO, ..but yet they have no ANSWERS....

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  180. michael

    He's doing great, doing the best he can I cant say I'd do better. I just want him to continue and do the best he can to fix americas current problems but it takes all of our efforts in working together to get us back on track. Last administration put us in this mess. I support a reformed health care as my family has had bad experiences with the private companies. being president and a leader in these times is not easy i just want him to keep america strong

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  181. David George in West Virginia

    The second coming of the messiah. The POTUS has done the most amazing job ever. Who says 147 days worth of experience isn't enough. I can't wait to have my cancer surgery done by a first year medical student. If the 2nd 100 days are anything like the first 100 all of the country's woes will be a thing of the past.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  182. Fariborz

    I believe he is doing a fine job. We have to learn to have reasonable expectations and look at the direction the country is being led down the path. Politics is dirty and the two sides never seeem to stop playing their childish games. We as the people need to stay focused and support the right moves that benefits the people and not the corporations.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  183. Jim

    It is hard to undo what took 2922 days to screw up in just 200 days.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  184. Jack Paulden

    Well, if we contrast it to the Bush era, he's working hard at trying to save a sinking ship. If the crew doesn't help him then the ship will sink. The mutinous crew who thrived during the Bush era need to be banished to the bilges and used to keel haul the barnacled hull. So it appears if we the crew get behind the Captain the ship may indeed make it...................or not!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  185. Robert

    Well, If you love the idea of Socialism in America then he gets an A+.
    If you are a patriot and love the Replblic then he gets an F-.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  186. Josh

    I think he is doing fairly, but think he could do better especially with the economic problems in many areas of the US, and with making sure that the universal healthcare he is wanting passed will not be mandatory if one already has coverage, and that if anyone wants to join, that they won't have huge deductions for getting the insurance.

    Josh in Anchorage, Alaska

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  187. fp

    Scarry........is how I would describe his tenure thus far. I know many, many people who voted for him who have "buyers remorse". He has broken many records and not for the good and has broken many promises. We should have known becuase he had 0 experience. The media and hollywood did a number on us....."propaganda"

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  188. Greg, Ontario

    Excellent. He has out preformed the media hands down. Saved the banking system, rescued the auto industry from complete and total collapse, that could have pushed you into a depression and to top it off he has managed to start work on a health care bill. As usual Americans can't see a good deal if it got slapped across the face with it.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  189. Linda Puiattilin

    Jack, I think Presdent Obama is doing the right thing for our country in this second hundred days. The work is not easy, but I'm getting what I voted for.
    Linda Puiatti
    Holmes, NY

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  190. Tom Ellwood

    Man, do we want results NOW!! Can't we wait a year or two to see how things pan out for this poor guy? Things do seem t be getteing better but they will never be perfect. Patience, people, patience.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  191. sean monteiro

    President Obama is indeed showing us progress, after all it has taken us 8 years of Bushenomics to get us in this mess and it will take us some time to get out out of it. People are quick to judge the president, but he has alot of cleaning up to do...but we are on our way !!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  192. Paula from Canada

    Your President ObamA IS TERRIFIC.. he gives us hope and as a neighbouring country I think we like the U.S. a whole bunch better. Obama is ALWAYS ready to talk first and try and resolve issues without force. I think he is brilliant, strong, open minded and fair.I hope he is given more of a chance by those who seem to have forgotten how absolutely terrible Bush was. President Obama has a train wreck of a country to clean up after the Bush years..I hope Americans will dig in and try and help instead of "right winging" him to death without a fair chance..100 days is hardly a good measure.. Love you Jack !!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  193. Don Friedrich

    At least a grade of 90, with extra points for having to put up with the childish right wingers who hate him for his skin color.

    More extra points if he invites me to the white House for a beer.

    Don Friedrich
    San Antonio, TX

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  194. Art Breitenstein

    I'm a pretty conservative independent guy but I cannot help liking this President.

    He was dealt a pretty messy hand; banks, foreclosures, two wars, a deepening recession, the health insurance morass and an international scene where most feared us but few respected us.

    As he tries to lead us throughall of this...coaching, teaching, cheerleading...he now has to deal with "birthers" and millions of dollars at play against him from the insurance industry that likes the status quo just fine.

    Obama, to me, is trying too hard to please too many. He's got it figured out.. Let's get it done for goodness sakes!

    Granger, Indiana

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  195. Amadou

    I would grade Obama's second 100 days as I would grade his first 100 days, and his last 100 days: better than 8 years of Bush and his acolytes.
    Obama has brought back decency and credibility to the USA. Every patriot of this country should pray for his success ...
    I am a citizen f the world and I am confident that he is on the right track ...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  196. Ruemeila Lane

    President Obama is a personality not a polatician

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  197. paul

    weak– that is how i would characterize it as– i am starting to question whether or not he is competent enough to lead this country.

    so many promises, so many unaswered questions, the deficit, the coming tax increase for the middle class, so many conflicting statements from his cabinet and a president and congress that are not listening to the people, and i voted for the guy

    knowing what i know now and have seen thus far i am starting to regret how i voted .....

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  198. FLOYD B. BRINGLE

    Paoli, PA
    Jack,
    All things considered and that he is only one man, I believe that, under all of these conditions, OUR President is doing the best that can be expected. Rather than spending so much time complainting about what he is or isn't doing, pitch in and see what you can do to help and make a difference.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  199. Bob Robinson

    I don't believe it is possible to rate the effectiveness of a president who:

    1) Has only been in office for 200 days,
    2) Inherited problems that were decades in the making and,
    3) Serves a proud nation that has been contemptuously poloraized by special interests

    Instead of critiquing our president's performance for the past 200 days we should each review our own. What have we done, individually, to lift our nation? We're all on the same side, for gosh sakes, we should start acting like it.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  200. Dan from Chula Vista, CA

    So far so good. Don't forget the state things were in when Obama took office. The GOP talking points attempt to make people forget how much they screwed things up. If they had won the election, we would still be fully invested in Iraq, there would be no move to reform healthcare, and the vice president would have quit. America made the right choice.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  201. Jason

    Is it over yet? Please tell me when it's over!

    Obama has done an excellent job running up more debt and throwing good money after bad. Not only has he bailed out 2 dealerships because they were too important to claim bankruptcy (although one did anyway), but he also sponsored a nationwide sale on vehicles to futher help the auto industry. What a great guy!... Where did he get all that money? How many jobs did that sale create?

    As for healthcare.. 80% of the American public are happy with their healthcare, yet Obama thinks "It's time for a change!". Given that only 54% (and falling) are happy with him, what does that tell us?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  202. wendy brooklyn, ny

    he's the most inspiring leader of my lifetime. clear, intelligent, focused.
    he invokes a confidence that i've never experienced...and is trying to speak to the majority of the population that needs help.
    every time i listen to him i love him more and am proud he's the leader of this country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  203. joy

    he is doing very well thank u very much.
    joy from new York.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  204. Tin Dallas, TX

    he did a lot more than President Bush during his 2924 days in Office.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  205. Dennis

    I didn't expect much, but am surprised by the level of incompetency. The man simply does not understand economics. We were sold on how brilliant he is. What a farce. I wish Romney was running the economy now.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  206. Jeanne

    When are the American people going to realize that Obama was a mistake. His health care plan is going to ruin this Country. Government can't manage Medicare, Social Security or this Clunker rebate, what makes any American feel that Goverment can control Health Care. And by the way, I don't see any Health or Care in this bill being forced down our throats. THERE IS NO HEALTH CARE CRISIS. AMERICANS DON'T WANT SOCIALIZE MEDICINE. NEVER....EVER.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  207. Bill Gant (Provo, UT)

    The important thing is that the president is trying his best.

    Even if he can't deliver on all of his campaign promises, we'll at least have a coherent, calculating president.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  208. Becky

    Obama is sinking a little in the polls because some are worried about their pocket book!!!! Afraid of being taxed a little more to help out people with no health insurance. Selfishness is at the root of it.

    Becky

    Tennessee

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  209. Zack - Pennsylvania

    The second hundred days can be simply described as irresponsible. Deficit spending is only beneficial to a certain point Mr. Cafferty. Cap and trade and the current Health Care proposal defy basic economic concepts. Inflation, rising taxes, and increased unemployment will all categorize the third hundred days if the tactics of the second hundred days continue to be utilized.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  210. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I would rate President Obama's secomd 100 days as a solid B, or a 90& which is still petty good considering all he's had to deal with. In terms of the Republicans I would rate them even lower than the last rating I gave them . As far as I'm concerned I say the Republicans have sunk to a new low of only 21%, clearly a failing grade for the party that says NO to everything, unless it's a raise in their person pay check – they just don't get it yet. At the rate they're going they will no longer exist by the time of the next presidental election. So final score is Democrats B, Republicans, .

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  211. Kim

    I don't know that I've seen a President come to office with so many problems all at once. The economy, two wars, a retiring supreme court justice, North Korea missle tests and threats, Iranian election crisis, not to mention the items on his personal agenda like Healthcare. I'd say he's done a helluva job! The politics of the Congress and the Senate alone would be enough for most people to throw in the towel. The economy didn't get in the shape it's in overnight, and people need to be patient and let what he's put in place work. Healthcare reform is needed! He gets an A in my book for just acknowledgeing the fact. No other president outside president Clinton even tried to fix it. The President does not get the last word, or else we would have had it fixed by now. The fact that he is still working with the Congress and the Senate should net him an A! Please President Obama keep fighting and pushing! Two wars! I don't even know where to begin, but our troops are thin, and there are not people lining up to join the Armes forces! We should make sure our troops get the best possible benefits and care! We Americans have conditioned ourselves for overnight results, you can't wave a magic wand and fix all that is wrong in the world. It's only been 6 months! Most importantly for me is that Obama has the drive, patience, and determination to achieve everything that he promised! 🙂

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  212. Gwen

    Jack,
    did people think he change the mess Bush left in 30 day? Give him time. He's doing as much as he can with the party of "NO"

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  213. Larry B

    President Obama is doing too many things as once and not enough of them well. He did not draft the Stimulus Plan; he had Pelosi do it, and it was laden with pork. He rushed the TARP through, and we wasted billions in institutions that were not reigned in (e.g. AIG Goldman Sachs). He is moving too fast on health care reform and it will either not get done or get done poorly. He is giving the auto industry too much, and small business not enough. Afghanistan is escalating and looking more and more like Vietnam – where I served in '68 and '69. He is still in campaign mode, and that is perhaps why his approval ratings are slipping. Nobody understands his health care reform ideas; and nobody understands what he is going to do to pay for this deficit. I would not give him high marks a D or C- at best

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  214. Don Tucker

    lets all get down to earth now. if you have ever listened to this guy talk, paying attention to what he is actually saying and not falling for the way he is speaking it. one would have to realize that this guy is full of crap. his grade "D-"

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  215. DeeDee Cobb

    It's like swatting flies when you are trying are to work.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  216. Alice Walker

    President Obama is doing a great job. He is working hard to fix the mess he was handed. With the number of people out of work, it's going to take government spending to fix this mess.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  217. bill

    The Same as every other president since WWII. The US is still seen to most of the world as the greatest threat to peace, and dislike for US imperial ambitions are stronger than ever.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  218. Mike McKibben, Lady Lake

    He's doing the best he can with the economic mess the Republicans and WAll Street left him with. 8 years of neglect and corruption doesn't get cleaned up in 100 days, or even the next 100 days.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  219. Cecilia Mendoza

    I believe he has been the most effective President since he
    was elected. if only the Republicans would just co-
    operate instead of just saying no, we could really get
    our Country going faster. We need to get health care
    reform going.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  220. Sharon Reinmuth (an Independent voter)

    Dismal, at best! He definately has an agenda and he listens to no one as he is trying to achieve HIS desires.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  221. Ken in NC

    I will give him a better grade for 200 days than I gave Bush in 2.920 days.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  222. Bob, Florida

    Few have accomplished as much in 200 days.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  223. Joan

    President Obama is doing great after what he was left with. Better than eight years of George Bush.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  224. pamela De Boer

    Jack:

    Easy answer; O'bama's second hundred days has been FRUSTRATING.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  225. Jamal, St. Petersburg, FL

    I have to say it's better than his first. I can also say that we can't be too hard on him, this is a real mess he inherited. That's why he got elected, why Bill Clinton got elected, why JFK and FDR also was called upon. To do the tough jobs, to get things cleaned up, to fix what the "green elephants" neglected to fix. The economy is stabilizing faster than I expected it to, I can finally invest with confidence (the stock market), foreign affairs seem to look brighter, and Obama still has that patience that he's had in the beginning. And that's pleasing.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  226. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    He is riding the razors edge as he should. I find that the President gets bashed too much especially by the Republicans.
    The President is being pressured into fixing our economy, the health care system and other vitaly important issues in this country and abroad and he is being asked to do it quick.
    He has alot on his plate and is spread thin. I give him credit for attacking the issues head on despite the bashing from his counterparts.
    To all the politicians in DC with a negative attitude,stop your whinning and help the President fix this country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  227. william hauser

    I am very disappointed with Obama, and made a hugh mistake voting for him. This country is split and the healing, working together and openess that was promised is a joke.Won't ever make such a mistake again.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  228. Rae

    i think Pres. Obama and his administration has done and is doing a wonderful job! if we stop and think of America as being seriously ill and almost on its last leg. new doctors were elected to step in and find a cure. this medicine, that medicine, many medicineds will be needed to make us healthy again. Patience and willingness to work together is the key in other words FAITH. and by the way....HEALTH REFORM IS A MAJOR DOSAGE THAT WILL HELP!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  229. Lorenzo R Winslow

    Jack,
    How soon we forget. Last year at this time we were in a downward spiral because of the Republican President and his cronies letting the bus drive itself into the ditch. Then many naysayers saw the emergence of a new president who promised change. He promised a turnaround in the economy, better healthcare, saving jobs, better education. And guess what, he's doing just what he said during his campaign. President Obama has done more in his first 6 months in office than Bush has done in 8 years. Yes the unemployment rate is at about 9%, but I think of it as the employment rate is 91%. 91 out of 100 people are working, with more jobs to open sometime in the future. Now fuel efficient cars are being sold like crazy while these gas guzzlers are becoming more extinct. Of course this will bring demand of oil down and gas prices will become cheaper. Remember what we were paying for gas 15 years ago before these monstrosities became so popular? How would you like to go back to $1.20 /gallon gas?

    I give Obama an 'A' for his first 200 days in office.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  230. Jane

    I give him an A+ with bonus points for extra credit work. The people who disagree with our new President do it by telling lies about his policies and plans. The lies are boldfaced but people believe them because they are said by people on television. If anyone would listen to his plans...they are bold, forthright and thoughtful. I think he is a president for "all" americans not just a chosen few. And, we know that the president and party of the chosen few ruined our country. I applaud Barack Obama for standing up and leading with conviction.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  231. Kelly Smith

    100 days, or 200, or even 365 of them are not nearly enough for someone to fix the mess we had gotten ourselves into over the last decade in countless ways. Truthfully it's way too early to tell, and I find it somewhat ridiculous that as a leader he’s being judged on such a timetable. Honestly, I don't know if even one presidential term would be enough for a political Superman to fix this.

    I am extremely proud of the progress he's made for this country in terms of global image, which was in a terrible and frankly embarrassing state of disrepair. Let the man do his job. He will make mistakes, and he told the entire country that on more than one occasion. All this from someone who voted for him with admittedly some reservations.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  232. Robert Bruce Stemnock

    Talk about a media microscope! After eight years of governmental destruction to our country, President Obama has the largest mess to clean up, in recent history. And we're going to RATE him? RATE him? We voted the man into office because of his intelligence; his ability to think on his feet; his youth.

    America, stand back, shut your mouths, and let the man govern.

    Bush traveled in a plastic bubble, supported by Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove. No one was even allowed to speak out against anything, after September 11th occurred. That's un-American in itself. We're supposed to be the land of the free, remember?

    Again, leave President Obama to run the country, and get us out of this mess as quickly and efficiently as he can. No one else has a better plan or idea. If they did, they would be running the country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  233. Tom Higginst

    It has degenerated into a Chicken Little approach to every issue. Everything must be done NOW! In the last day or two the administration and the Democrats are taking a McCarthyesque approach by claiming the populist anger they are dealing vis-à-vis Healthcare is some nefarious scheme. They claim (as do some pundits) that outside groups are organizing these but provide no proof only friend of a friend anecdotes.

    Alachua (A-latch-ou-A) Florida

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  234. kat clark

    If we're grading on a curve....? compared to the past eight years? He gets an A+

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  235. felicia

    President Obama is doing a wonderful job. He is doing a job that was dealt to him needing emergency assistance, keep up the great work President Obama

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  236. Zurch-WA

    Very, Very Terrible

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  237. Kevin Porter Capitol Heights, Maryland

    Given that the President was handed an economy of life-support, I feel his second 100 days have been most productive. A health care plan in the works, new signs of life in housing, and new highs in the stock market is nothing to shake a stick at.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  238. David Richards

    I give him an A on foreign policy. He hasn;t started any more wars and he got two journalists out of North Korea. I give him a C on the economy. His stimulus package isn't moving fast enough. I give him a D on health care. He's let the corporations and Republicans get out in front and he's playing defense instead of offense. I give him an F for cahnges Bush's policies. He's defending most of the worst abuses of power by the previous administration. I guess that averages to a D+. This is not the change I voted for.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  239. VW

    This President is just another Bush. This seems like the 3rd term of President Bush.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  240. Dave R

    I believe President Obama is honestly trying to improve this country after the Bush/GOP rape of the middle class. A-, not perfect but the right direction.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  241. Doris/St Louis

    Compared to the last 8yrs. I would grade the Obama administration with an A++, by the way what grades were given the 1st 100 days,2000 and 2004? Did we fact check, keep them honest, with no bull, no bias?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  242. Carol J. Mitchell

    President Obama inherited a huge mess. He has thoughtfully and meticulously worked with his excellent administration to pull our country out of the mess. He is an excellent, intelligent Chief Executive who will do the right thing. He has worked tirelessly for all of our citizens. My prayers and best wishes are with him. He is amazing and will continue to be a great leader. I give his 1st and 2nd 100 days an A.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  243. Janet

    I think the President is doing great giving the circumstances he inherited. I hate to think how McCain would have handled these problems. What is causing the negative poll numbers are the coordinated daily negative messages from the Republicans in Congress as well as talk radio and Fox News. They need to give Obama a chance to save our economy if they care about this country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  244. Linda

    We really are a nation full of spoiled whining children bent on immediate gratification. Anyone with a rational mind knows that this will take time and I for one think he is doing a better job than any President we have ever had.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  245. Christopher

    Hey Jack the only problem i've seen in the second hundred days is the ongoing fear mongering being spewed by the Republicans and Fox News . America should be very proud of your President , I know we approve here in Canada. Thanks

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  246. DN Chandler

    Obama is doing what he was elected to do. He inherited a sick dog economy that had heart worms. The cure is to administer enough poison to kill the worms but not kill the dog. So far, he is the right doctor - he saved the auto and banking industry and we (the US) will reap the benefits.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  247. MT

    Obama is doing great. He's cleaning up the mess the Republicans left behind.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  248. Peter

    Jack,

    I don't agree with the Obama Administration on a majority of his policies. I do not believe health care is a right, but a privaledge. I believe cancelling the F-22 was a huge mistake. I do not believe in bailing out people from bad morgtages and credit card debt. I also don't believe in running up the national deficit to bail companies out. I am against the Obama Administration on almost all of their major agenda items. I would still give a much higher approval rating over the previous administration.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  249. Kathy Mason

    I think Obama has done a horrible job the first hundred days and it is only getting worse. If people really knew what was in the healthcare package that has nothing to do with healthcare but with control of the American people they would be appauled. Have you read the healthcare package or are you just hoping it will be o.k. somehow. Kathy

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  250. Amadou, Boston MA

    I would grade Obama’s second 100 days as I would grade his first 100 days, and his last 100 days: better than 8 years of Bush and his acolytes.
    Obama has brought back decency and credibility to the USA. Every patriot of this country should pray for his success …
    I am a citizen of the world and I am confident that he is on the right track …

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  251. denise

    Given all he's been up against with the bad economy and trying to help those of us who so badly need healthcare, I think he's doing as well as can be expected. The Right Wing nut jobs won't back off to let him fix our badly broken country, but he's not backing down to them. Full steam ahead until things are on the right track, and stays there.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  252. karen

    A

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  253. Amine Chaar

    President Obama did very well for the economy, however his handling f the health care is worrying me. Are we up for more taxes to subsidize the remaining 40M American. The federal government failed miserably when the ran anything (Mail, Medicare, Social Security) why Obama think he can do better.
    They must come up with something better, otherwise leave it as is and stop treating those people wh are illegal i thiscountry that will save us bilions

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  254. DB in Virginia

    He's working hard. President Obama is doing all he can do with a country on the brink of depression. His actions have saved us from falling deeper into our current recession. Give him time America.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  255. andrea ,ca

    Considering what he has to deal with, I give him an B+. Some of these comments make me sick, he is trying very hard to make things easier fot the American people.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  256. Rob from Illinois

    I would give him a D. He doesn't know the meaning of the word budget. Sure he started off with a pretty poor economy, but ask any responsible person and they will tell you that you can not spend your way to prosperity.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  257. Heather

    I think his second hundred days have been a train wreck. No one I know has benefited from his "stimulus" plan. Unemployment is through the roof. Employers are using the recession to decrease salaries. He is trying to cripple our healthcare system by following the failed national healthcare ideology of other's and my 5 year old daughter will be paying for his misgovernment for the rest of her life via increased taxes etc.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  258. Debra, NC

    I give President Obama an A and an A+ for having to put up with these stupid polls.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  259. Tammy Lambert

    In Arizona, Republican run talk radio station drills anti government into peoples head all day, it's constant and incites anger and soon worse I'm afraid. They complain about Obamas every move but never offer solution or alternative.
    I feel confident with Obama as President in his 2nd 100 day.
    The complainers remind me of school yard bullies

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  260. Dave Holland

    I doubt that anyone could have done a better job. We owe him the latitude to complete his effort with our support.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  261. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I would rate President Obama's secomd 100 days as a solid B, or a 90&, which is still pretty good considering all he's had to deal with. In terms of the Republicans I would rate them even lower than the last rating I gave them . As far as I'm concerned I say the Republicans have sunk to a new low of only 21%, clearly a failing grade for the party that says NO to everything, unless it's a raise in their personal pay check – they just don't get it yet. At the rate they're going they will no longer exist by the time of the next presidental election. So final score is Democrats B, Republicans, F .

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  262. Donnie

    I would characterize Obama's second 100 days just as I would any other presidents' second 100 days : Premature. It is almost as if the president's four year term is being broken down into 100 day intervals. I don't think that is how we should be judging or (characterizing) our president.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  263. Lisa B in Yucca Valley, CA

    I think Obama is doing his best for the country. he is trying to keep his promises, despite the party of "no" (Repubs) trying to slimeball every action the President tries to implement, with their lies and thuggery.
    I do want the President to get more aggressive about Health Care Reform, and a public option, even if that means being partisan. Our country would be much better off if this gets approved, and even more so if we,had Single payer.
    I would vote for Obama again, in a heartbeat.
    Can you imagine how grotesquely McCain would have handled the North Korean missles and captive American reporters, problem?
    Yikes!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  264. Dona Briscar

    I would call his second 100 days as too aggressive. He took swift action to correct many of financial problems he inherited, stimulus help et al, but he needs to back off on any helthcare issues until the economy straightens itself out. We cannot afford the program at this time and we cannot afford our government infighting which slows down work on the really important issues.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  265. Laura San Antonio, TX

    I would characterise The President's second 100 days an an ongoing, fierce uphill battle. Every day he gets out there making speeches trying to explain to the American people that all these changes take time and patience and typical of the American way of thinking, we are beginning to get impatient. And typical of the Republican Party instead of putting the people ahead of politics, they are trying to make Health Care Reform into a make or break issue saying if Obama loses this will ruin his career. Are there any Repubicans out there who truly care about us, or is this just a game to them? 71% of the American people want this to happen, can't they work together to change this country for the better or since they probably have the best health care money can buy do they really care? I am sick to death of watching these people accomplish nothing!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  266. Barbara Tucson

    I am appalled at the drastic changes in the American lifestyle that Obama has fostered. The country is now billions of dollars in debt–Government should not be in the banking, auto, health business. Where was it ever written that every citizen should have equal health insurance? Was this a mandate from 'up above"?Everybody should be equal? I want the gov't out of my life.
    Stop spending my tax dollars on clunkers, health, illegals, global warming, and whatever else takes the goverments fancy!
    What happened to fiscal responsibility? Obama 's rating is a -0 in my opinion.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  267. Ken

    President Obama is doing a very good job.

    His foreign affairs approach is a breath of fresh air after Bush/Cheney.

    Iraq is winding down after too many killed and too many wounded.

    The auto has a chance and improvements there can help unemployment.

    Health care is still a problem as the conservatives want to continue the obscene health inflation that we suffered with under Bush.

    Overall those that screwed things up for the last 8 years are screaming, so Obama must be doing something right.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  268. willa

    I give president obama a rating of (A) HE IS DOING EVERYTHING HE POSSIBLY CAN TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR US! He gets no support from the Republicans,and some Blue Dog republicans,who need to become Republicans or get a back bone and do what they were sent to Washingto to do! Whats best for the people in his district rather than worry about getting re-elected!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  269. Kevin Porter Capitol Heights, Maryland

    Given that the President was handed an economy on life-support, I feel his second 100 days have been most productive. A health care plan in the works, new signs of life in housing, and new highs in the stock market is nothing to shake a stick at.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  270. M. Alice DeSousa

    Obama's doing a fantastic job. He is a genius who will eventually be appreciated for putting the USA into the 21st century, with electric cars and universal health care. Pity those who lack the foresight to see how brilliant of a man Obama is.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  271. Chris

    Jack,

    My head is spinning with everything the president is trying to accomplish. But I ask this...what has the other Presidents, Congress and the Senate been doing for my 35 years? It seems like everyone, Republicans and Democrats, are now working for their money (our money), finatically. If they had tackled some of these issues throughout the years, maybe they wouldn't be looking at President Barack Obama with crossed-eyes. There's nothing wrong with someone lighting a fire to their butts.

    I can't really be upset with The President. Someone has to do it. I give him a B.

    Chris
    Los Angeles

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  272. leland

    hey jack, I feel that president gets a b+ grade olnly because even though the economy is starting to show signs of turning around it's not turning around fast enough for my taste. yeah sure he was handed a huge defiicet to start but as time goes by(and here we are 200 days later) things are still not quite right. but I like everyone else is willing to see his term through, the way I see it, it's gonna take more than two terms to fix this mess!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  273. nick

    He is a strong speaker. He attracts people due to his charisma. But he has no details in his speeches and plans. He is not a communist but he has many traits of one. You get punished for progressing aka higher taxes.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  274. Marttha from Tennessee

    Obama has done more in Washington DC in the length of time he's been there than any other president we've had. Love him or not he's getting a lot done and stirring the pot. He's not afraid to tackle the hard projects. It's about time!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  275. David

    The stock market and the economy have significantly rebounded due largely to the hard and sometimes unpopular decisions President Obama has made. That's not only a sign of success, it's a sign of real leadership.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  276. ADAM. Stamford, CT

    For spending like a drunken sailor and shredding the constitution? He gets an F in my book. Obama is weakening this country every day

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  277. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    One more try.......

    Jack, I give President Obama an A-, because no one is perfect. Considering the enormous problems Obama inherited from Bush, I believe he has done very well.

    President Obama never said that the Stimulus would be a quick fix! Obama said it would take at least TWO YEARS to see the benefits of the Stimulus.

    We had some good financial news in July, not only did the Dow rally but housing starts are up ..... 11%..... from last year! All our roads are under construction.

    Do people forget past recessions?? It takes time to recover, but recover we will!

    Bravo President Obama!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  278. Bob

    It takes a Clinton to clean up Obama's mess. He deprived the best candidate from becoming President. He is a thug and a loser.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  279. bill kirchner

    While I don't think that the president has done everything right, I feel as if he is trying to break out of the DC mold. He was elected to change and change is what we need. And again while not everything is going to please all, he in my opinion is making a tremendous effort to follow through with his promises. Health care is a must, and the opposition to changing the way we deliver it is beyond me.

    I can only hope and pray that the President gets it just 75% right which will be a huge leap forward. Of course any movement in Washington is a huge improvement.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  280. Paul

    "A" with a red permanent marker. Slowly but surely, we're on our way. The "Cash for Clunkers" is a great example of why investing in the American people is important. Giving people affordable health care instead feeding the greed in the private sector will be important bridge towards prosperity.

    Obama is a long term optimist who, unlike the GOP, talks about returning jobs to America in his rhetoric AND in his actions.

    The more cynical Republican pundits get about Obama's success, the more I I'll know he's on the right path.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  281. J. L. FLORENCE

    Based on all the negative comments from the media and republicians, I give him a B+. Just because you have a Black quarterback don't mean you win the Super Bowl. If he had not inherit this mess from the repulicians he would be a super star. Give him time.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  282. Dave

    He's hip, he's stylish, he's swave and he's still letting American Doctors kill babies, God's wrath is coming on America, we need to value life all life not and stand on a foundation that works for all America. "GOD"

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  283. peggy coleman

    Should have elected Hillary. I rate him the same as I did in November, and that was that I stayed home on election day.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  284. Gary H. Boyd

    Picture a roller coaster. During the first 100 days it was on the way up and all on board were thrilled. The coaster, during the second 100 days has its riders hanging on for dear life as it careens along. President Obama's almost daily appearances before the cameras in defense of his own actions or programs leads one to believe he may have overloaded the ride.

    Gary Boyd, Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  285. Diana

    He is doing a wonderful job trying to repair the damage that 8 years of Bush and Republicans in charge did to this country. He is doing all this while the Republicans and the right wing media continuously try to undermine him.

    It is more important to the Republicans to destroy Obama than to repair the economy and to give all Americans health care.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  286. Bob Kole

    The second 100 days, "Obama's wake up call". You can't change the way Washington works with words. You shouldn't comment on local events without the facts. The economy really is complex and hard to manage. Being on TV explaining what you are/want to do is not the same as fixing it.

    Obama you are not in Illinois any more.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  287. annie

    I think the President has done a remarkable job, he was left with the worst set of problems from the Bush administration, we have to realize that things will not happen in 6 or 12 months let's take one day at a time. The President deserves an A+.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  288. Aline Souza

    President Obama is really surprising me... for someone facing so many challenges I think he is doing quite well.
    I voted for the republican one, but I am now convinced that no one would have done better than he is doing in such short time. Give him more time and he will take us all out of this mess

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  289. Mike in Seattle

    BIG spending. Huge debt. No transparancy. Raising taxes. Government control. Buddying up to dictators. Siding against the police without any facts. Seems like a failing grade to me. Maybe he should spend all his time on dates with Michele.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  290. Eva

    I think these polls mean nothing. And anyone with any intelligence has figured out that there is no way we should be grading him in just 200 days with the mess he walked into. Wait a year and see if we are headed in the right direction. Poll after Poll after Poll is getting really sickening.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  291. Harry

    The Captain not at the helm. He is letting far left in Congress run the ship. He is not leading the country.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  292. John

    I give Obama an "A". This guy has attempted to get more done in his first 100 days than the previous administration did in 8 years!

    Leave the man alone and let him get the job done. Put country before politics and show some support and you'll be amazed at how much can get done!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  293. jody

    I grade President Obama with an A. What an impressive young man!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  294. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Productive and learning a lot...!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  295. Bill Miller

    I am so grateful that President Obama is our leader. Can you imagine what it would be like if the right-wing were in charge?!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  296. Ola

    things has gone really bad before he came to office.His ability to get stop the economy getting worse stand him out.He definitely still have a whole lot more to do,all we need to do is to support him,his success as a president is better economy and good living for us all.
    Muncie,Indiana

    August 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  297. Andy H

    Compared to the Bush Administration...A+++++++++++++++

    August 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm |