Marking his symbolic 100th day in office, President Barack Obama told Midwesterners Wednesday: "I'm pleased with the progress we've made but I'm not satisfied.
"We have begun to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, and we've begun the work of remaking America," Obama proclaimed. But he acknowledged, "We've got a lot of work to do because on our first day in office, we found challenges of unprecedented size and scope."
He defended his ambitious, costly plan, saying: "These challenges could not be met with half measures. They couldn't be met with the same, old formulas. They couldn't be confronted in isolation. They demanded action that was bold and sustained." And, Obama countered critics who said he's taking on too much, as he works to turn around the recession while revamping energy, education and health care in the United States. "The changes that we've made are the changes we promised," Obama said. "We're doing what we said we'd do
I think we've held him accountable which has been often and also shown strong support for the challenges he faces after inheriting an FDR-like economic disaster and two Bush wars at the same time. I also make sure to monitor the media and the Villagers to try and keep the coverage as honest as possible. Now that is a challenge. We also keep an eye on the radicalized right wing base that's getting scarier by the day.