Yesterday I joined others in embarking upon a 100-day review of President Obama’s efficacy. As an afterthought, I began awarding arbitrary points for accomplishments and making deductions for lack thereof. At the end of yesterday’s thoughts, he stood at a net score of four.
We could also talk about the positive effects of the bailout of the credit industry (+1) and the ongoing work for the auto industry (no score yet — see “GM Falls From Their Pinnacle“). The slew of executive orders that he signed, many of which overturned President Bush’s executive orders, which overturned President Clinton’s executive orders, overturning… You get the picture. I’ll think I’ll net that out to zero.
There is renewed hope for the poor, marginalized, and forgotten (+1) and fear from everyone else over paying for it (-1).
Perhaps most importantly, however, is how he has improved perceptions and expectations. He brought new people into the political process, many of whom were disenfranchised or uninterested (+1), garnered renewed hope and optimism (+1), which unfortunately did not translate into economic euphoria (-1), as I predicted after his election, implied at his inauguration, (and a third time at his state-of-the-union address, which after striking out twice, dared not publicize). That makes the score, plus six
Before you scratch your head in puzzlement over what a Presidential score of six actually means, let me quote Drew Carey (Who’s Line is it Anyway), who declared “where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.” That’s not to imply Presidential disrespect, merely to indicate that you shouldn’t take my points seriously — I’m not.
Regardless, in just a short time, many things have changed. Future historians will look back on 2009, labeling it a pivotal time when significant change took place. I will let them decide which things changed for the better and which for the worse; they can assign their own points — if they want to.