Obama’s verdict on first 100 days

President Obama yesterday answered questions on his first 100 days in office

US President Barack Obama marked his 100-day-milestone with a primetime TV conference yesterday.

He declared his first 100 days in office to have been successful though challenging and admitted there was still much work to be done.

‘I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made, but I’m not satisfied,’ he told the audience in Missouri. ‘I’m confident in the future, but I’m not content with the present’.

Mr Obama continues to enjoy strong public support in the US.  An opinion poll found that 64% of Americans approve of his performance to date and 48% believe the country is headed in the right direction.

Since taking office on 20 January, Mr Obama has, among other things, passed a major economic stimulus package, ordered the closure of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and signalled a willingness to open up a diplomatic dialogue with countries like Iran and Cuba.

He is now facing another domestic crisis with the outbreak of swine flu in the US.

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