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    Posted April 25, 2009 by
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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    Philadelphia Weighs in on First 100 Days


    On a beautiful spring afternoon in Philadelphia, Love Park was filled with those just enjoying the weather and the company of their friends and family. Presidential politics was probably the last thing on their minds. However, with President Obama's 100th day in office rapidly approaching, this was the afternoon to submit grades on the work of the president since he assumed office January 20th.


    Assuming the president was a full-time student with twelve credits, four "courses" were graded on a 4-point scale. In his first 100 days, President Obama focused heavily on the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care, and establishing himself as a successful leader of the United States -- both home and abroad. After the grades were issued, his GPA was calculated.


    Some believed that his agenda is very diverse and far-reaching -- having too many critical issues on his legislative plate. Yet despite their current skepticism on his ability to actully execute all of his initiatives, they believe him to be an honest and charismatic leader, with the capability and potential of eventually attaining all of his legislative aspirations.


    One gentleman taking in the blooming trees and flowers on a bench in Love Park said, "It's time to get back to the basics." "America is for sale," he said. He believes that America is losing too many jobs due to cheaper labor overseas. "Jobs in production and manufacturing need to come back, too. Not just high-tech," he added. A woman also added a footnote to her report card. She appreciates that the president is focusing on many areas, but would him to be "more visual in the urban areas."


    When the grades submitted were averaged, President Obama earned a B on his handling of the economy, a B- on his handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a B+ on his initiatives to increase accessibility, affordability and quality of health care, and an A on his ability to be a successful leader of the United States. His overall presidential GPA was just around B+.


    While the first 100 days are critical, many programs that have been announced and initiated may take months or years until they are palpable in the lives of the American public. Political rivalries and issues of high disagreement may always exist, but even those issuing a sub-standard grade hope that the president can succeed in increasing the stability of our country and working to make it a more perfect union.




    NOTE: Due to time constraints and/or personal preference (those not wishing to appear on camera), only three interviewees appear in this video. A total of 10 subjects issued grades which were used in the calculation of cumulative grades.

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