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It's hard to believe it's been well over 100 days since I was running around frigid D.C. getting my inauguration on. But so far it looks like many of the hyperbolized fears stirred up about Obama have been debunked and Mr. 44 has emerged as a fairly competent leader in tumultuous times. Here's a look at a highlight reel of his accomplishments at the 100 day mark...
5. EMBRACED MEDIA
• I wouldn't go so far as to call it a "transparent presidency," but compared to the Bush administration, it's eye-opening. Whether it was his unprecedented appearance on The Tonight Show or his weekly youtube addresses, it's clear that Obama plans to continue taking full advantage of the media tools that helped get him elected.
SIDEBAR: He jacked the weekly address idea from Hugo Chavez. No shots.
4. BEGAN LIFTING CUBA TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
• Considering that Dubya's grandpa, George Prescott Bush, lost considerable sugar cane plantations following the Cuban Revolution, it's no surprise we had to wait for a new era before revising our relations with Cuba. The embargo is not yet lifted, but it's a step in the right ethical direction.
3. GRADUALLY REVERSING BUSH POLICIES
• Although Bush's slime ball sidekicks successfully pushed through some last minute legislation, Obama's been gradually chipping away at various aspects of that evil administration. He exposed Bush's memos outlining torture tactics, authorized the closing of Guantanamo Bay and now allows the press to photograph caskets of U.S. soldiers with family consent. And he's only just scratched the surface.
2. ENGAGING THE MUSLIM WORLD
• The race-baiting and fear-mongering adopted by McCain's campaign forced Obama to down-play his Muslim background and repeatedly embrace the Christian faith. But once he got elected, Obama wisely reached out to the Muslim world by granting his first formal interview with the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel. Haters, start your engines!
1. PASSED LEGISLATION
• Despite the common urge to harangue our bureaucrats for gridlock incompetence, Obama has managed to pass a few bills in his first 100. In what was the biggest public spending bill since WWII, Obama was able to get "fiscal conservatives" to co-sign his $789 billion stimulus bill with hopes of re-boosting the economy. Not everyone was thrilled.