Obama's Hundred Days
President Barack Obama walks down the Cross Hall to hold his first news conference, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

President Barack Obama walks down the Cross Hall to hold his first news conference, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

You can call 100 days arbitrary. You can call it a gimmick, when it comes to sizing up a new administration. But you can’t deny that by the hundred-day mark — particularly in wild times like these — we learn a lot about a new president.

Today marks 100 days in office for President Barack Obama. It’s been a cool frenzy of high-wire moves in an economic meltdown. If polls are right, Americans certainly feel better under Obama. Now, where are we going exactly?

An economy in crisis. Big plans on healthcare, education, environment. Huge spending, and a new face abroad. The president has reached out to old foes, and drawn blood of Somali pirates. One hundred days is not much. But we’ve seen a lot.

This hour, On Point: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and conservative Pat Buchanan on what we’ve learned about this new president, and where he will lead.

You can join the conversation. What’s your take on President Obama’s first 100 days? Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


In our studio we’re joined by Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and author of “No Ordinary Time,” her Pulitzer Prize-winning history of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her 2005 book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” was a New York Times #1 bestseller. She’s also written acclaimed histories of LBJ and JFK.

With us from Washington is Pat Buchanan, political analyst, syndicated columnist, author, three-time presidential candidate, and leading conservative voice. He served as senior advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, and ran himself in 1992, 1996, and 2000. His most recent book is “Churchill, Hitler, and ‘The Unnecessary War': How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.”

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Behind-the-Scenes: 100 Photos for 100 Days — Amid all the Hundred Days coverage, this special Time magazine photo gallery stands out.

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