Obama's First 100 Days: Local Reaction

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

President Obama's first one hundred days has many people in our part of the country evaluating what he has done so far.

Since the moment he took office, all eyes have been on Obama, the public evaluating his every move.

"I'd say I'm republican and I voted for him anyhow. I think he's doing a real good job so far," said James Morris.

"Well I think Obama's done a very good job at captivating the Americas, the American people's hope and trust," said Benny Bailey, a political science professor.

He says even though one hundred days is a small scale on measuring future success, he says Obama has hit the ground running.

"For one hundred days he's put out some very ambitious goals, he has tried to reassure Americans in confidence in the government that they previously lost," he said.

"With the stimulus packages and stuff and helping people get back on track, I think he's done an excellent job. I like him as far as that is," said Kristy Noble.

However some voice concerns about paying that money back.

"I question some the spending, it may be too much," said Julius Ritchie.

Overall, a majority of the people we talked to say he is living up to his message of change

"I think the reason I voted for him is the way he talked about changing the economy and health care issues, and he seems to be kept up with his word so far," said Lee Fox.

He and others say they are looking forward to the next one hundred days and beyond.

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  • by Melissa Location: Dana on May 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    KY Vietnam Vet, First, I want to personally thank you for your service to our country during the Vietnam War. I must agree to disagree with you!! I voted for President Bush during his second term, and I truly regret that decision and I supported President Obama whole heartedly from the beginning of his campaign. We can not keep being energy dependent on foreign oil, we must find alternative uses of energy and clean coal is the way to go. We must conserve enery, use energy efficent light bulbs, etc. We have to change our way of thinking. I am not blinded by Bush, I honestly believe Obama is the right choice for our country, that's why I voted and campaigned for him. Again, I want to thank you for your military service to our country.
  • by Today Location: SE KY on Apr 30, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Im proud of our sterotypes here in kentucky we may in fact be hillbillies but we have a tendency to do what is right for everyone and maintain our principals. his first 100 days in office is a joke 3.25 billion a day of spending a not one thing has been accomplinished. I too can throw money at a fire but the same thing happens when I do it also, IT JUST BURNS UP!
  • by Howard on Apr 30, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    Whatever this president turns out to be is 100 times better than what we had,how could it ever be worse????????????????????
  • by charles Location: clay city on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    president bush has done a lot of things most people don't agree with.but you can't blame everything on bush,not three years from now.remember president obama has by far outspent every preident from george washington to george w. bush in an amazing 100 days.think about what a debt our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay.you can't spend your way out of debt.as for coal,there is nothing to replace the energy it produces or oil,natural gas and uranium.i believe our standard of living will be greatly reduced because of the policies that are coming out of washington and i don't think it can be reversed.
  • by Halyn Location: Somerset on Apr 30, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    I believe President Obama has shown that he is doing his best to deliver on change. Unfortunately, we have people like Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning and Hal Rogers blocking this change.
  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Apr 30, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Here's my issues with Obama. He has tripled the budget deficit in under 3 months. He and others lament about the war in Iraq (Even though Iraq is stable and prospering) but approves a surge for Afghanistan and it's A O.K. now because it's Obama in office. He's making taxpayers pay for abortions overseas. He has allowed unethical EMBRYONIC stems cell research even though the science has showed that the cures lay in ADULT stem cell research. And he is just about to sign a Hate crimes bill H.R. 1913 that criminalizes anyone who speaks out against almost any sexual orientation INCLUDING pedophilia. He has formed a fully funded national service organization ran by him. Still no one has a problem with it. Don't let your rabid hate for George Bush delude you from realizing that we are in big trouble as a nation because of these policies. Oh, And he turned over the U.S. Treasury to the International Monetary Fund in Europe. It is now the Obama presidency. Your Bush Bashing days have expired.
  • by KY VIETNAM VET on Apr 30, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    EB and Melissa, how will you feel when your electric bills, the price of gas and food doubles due to his cap and trade. For every 1 green job created, 3 regular jobs are lost. Also democrats had control of the congress the last two years of bush's term. You guys are so blinded by the fact that BHO is in office that you can't see pass your own nose.
  • by EB Location: Letcher Co. on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    After reading some of these posts it’s hard not to believe some of the stereotypes about eastern Kentucky, and I’ve lived in the mountains most of my life. The slavish devotion to coal is amazing. So far, Obama policies haven't caused a single job loss in the coal industry because they are just ideas. As for the ridiculous post that he “hangs around liars and shady people,” what about jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Bush’s pal, “Kenny Boy” Lay of Enron. What is more morally reprehensible, to allow a for reproductive freedom, or to lie to start a war that has killed over 4,500 Americans and countless hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, or don’t the Iraqis count? The last three Republican presidents, Reagan and the two Bushes, with their borrow and spend practices, were responsible for over 70 percent of the deficit Obama inherited. The massive spending he has undertaken has been necessary and unavoidable to keep the market from collapsing.
  • by Melissa Location: Dana on Apr 30, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    I believe President Obama has done a wonderful job in his first 100 days, he's keeping true to his campaign promises. He inherited a momumental deficit from the previous administration and all things considered he's doing a fantastic job. As far as coal is concerned, he wants to promote clean coal because the United States and other countries can not keep using coal in its current form because of the CO2 that's emitted when it's burned. I was watching a special on 60 minutes this past Sunday and we have the technology to have clean coal, however it's expensive but the alternative is worse, we have to begin to take care of our environment and no one's talking about eliminating jobs, clean coal would create thousands of new jobs. Change scares people because we would rather live with what we know then to step out of our comfort zone and try something new. President Obama is an articulate man and in my opinion, he's leading our country in the right direction.
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Apr 30, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    I just wonder if we can pay down the debt he has made in the next 100 years. The more he expands govt. the bigger mess he is in.
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