Monday, April 27, 2009

100 Days 

There is an unreal expectation about what a President does in his first 100 days in office. The realization is settling in that no matter what Obama accomplishes, it won't be enough to get the country moving again. To Obama's credit, he has told his supporters as much, but they might not have been listening. Enthusiasm was the order of the day, chanting and large bubbling crowds. That is gone now and nothing much has changed that voters can see around them. Hope hasn't quite turned to disillusionment but there is a larger chance that it could.

The question is why. There was never any chance a President could fix the recession in 100 days. Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed bills and started many activities in his first 100 days but the Depression hung on for another nine years. Why do the media and the President himself set expectations when both know that there is little to be gained by it?

There are irrational aspects to public relations, and this is one more example.


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