Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The First One Hundred... Take Your Pick!

Our Research Department here at man with black hat was compiling a list of the accomplishments of the current Presidential administration for its first one hundred days. While the incumbents themselves historically tend to play it down (present company excepted), the first one hundred days of an American presidency are considered a first-sign indicator of that particular administration in the long run. This dates to that of Franklin D Roosevelt in 1933, when FDR promised some very drastic initiatives.

We live with many of them to this day. The most significant among them: deficit spending.

However, our crackerjack team got two-thirds of the way through the list, when they all simultaneously threw up their hands and surrendered to the inevitable, that they couldn't possibly top that which was compiled by The New York Post. We'll give you the first five, and let you take it from there:

1. "Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of 'earmarks,' urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. 'Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,' Obama said." -- McClatchy, 3/11

2. "There is no doubt that we've been living beyond our means and we're going to have to make some adjustments." -- Obama during the campaign.

3. This year's budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million -- a whopping .0027%!

5. "The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties." -- ABC News, 4/15

Brace yourselves, only ninety-five more to go.

But enough of this fiddle-de-dee. How about a list of real significance, like the first one hundred fashion statements of the First Lady? Now THIS will have the whole town talking. Check it out...

Michelle wore a slim pantsuit from Zero + Maria Cornejo (and a large plastic brooch) when she spoke to female leaders at the Diplomatic Room of the White House on March 19.

Come on, girls, admit it. This is what you were really after!

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