Obama’s First 100 Days

Obama, nearing 100 days as president, sees the economic crisis as reason to reshape government, business and even everyday life.

On the last Friday in March, President Obama summoned leaders of the banking industry to the White House, where they gathered around a mahogany table in the State Dining Room, site of many a feast. On this day there was not a piece of fruit nor can of soda in sight. At each place was a glass of water. No ice. No refills.

The president’s message was hard and crusty as a slab of day-old bread.

By Faye Fiore and Mark Z. Barabak
The Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2009
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He urged the bankers to view corporate excess through the eyes of Americans who are belt-tightening their way through the recession. Obama mentioned the carpet stains in the Oval Office, to make a frugal comparison with $1-million suites decorated with $8,000 trash cans.

The corporate chieftains protested, citing the specialization of their field and the need to pay handsomely to avoid a brain drain. Obama cut them off: “Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn’t buying that. My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

Direct, assertive and utterly self-assured, Obama has used his broad popularity, a driving ambition and a sweeping agenda to move America in a wholly new direction.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworl
d/washingtondc/la-na-obama-presidency
19-2009apr19,0,1035963.story

Related:
Obama: What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Gained?

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