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Has Obama received the ‘Atta Boy’ just yet?

May 15, 2009

by Emily Lafleur

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Perhaps American citizens need to be patient with the President Barack Obama since he’s just rounded his famous first 100 days in office.

Gary Stokley, an associate professor of social sciences, said Obama’s lack of experience is one of his greatest attributes.

“He’s a brilliant man,” he said. “I strongly believe no one expected his performance to be so [strong].”

Stokley said he believes citizens notice Obama is different, and he is not referring to his skin color.

“People recognize his [presence] and his smart, intelligent, charismatic presentation,” he said. “His ability to [effectively] communicate and his ability to speak to the American public is what I believe leadership is all about.”

Stokley said, overall, he remains impressed with Obama’s performance and believes others do, too, if they understand the atmosphere his term began in.

“He is doing a tremendously great job in a very turbulent time,” he said. “Most people don’t understand when Obama stepped into office the country was $2 trillion in debt.”

Hunter Spillers, a sophomore architecture major, said it is hard to critique the president since he has only been in office a little over 100 days.

“I’m still giving [Obama] a chance,” he said. “I hope he lives up to what he has planned and promised.”

Spillers said some of Obama’s plans may be unachievable in the length of one term.
“Obama needs to improve [America’s] worldwide image,” he said.
“He promised to fix the economy and get us out of Iraq which [both of which] he could [possibly] achieve in two terms.”

Ciaran Carbery-Shana, a sophomore computer science major, said he the mistakes President Obama has made so far would have probably been made by any one else in the office at this time.

“I feel he’s making mistakes, but at least he’s trying to [promote] progress,” he said. “The mistakes he has made are [similar] to any other president.”

Carbery-Shana said he remains hopeful for success as a result of Obama’s presidency.
“Some of [Obama’s current] financial plans are not showing progress,” he said. “I’m not holding my breath, but I am remaining hopeful for [the plans’] long-term potential.”

Carl Bales, a sophomore economics major, said both candidates focused on social issues instead of what really mattered.

“President Obama is doing as well as McCain would be doing,” he said. “Neither of them made any concrete promises.”

Bales also said he remains optimistic about Obama’s presidency as a new regime accompanied with renewed hope.

“I hope he leads us to a good place,” he said.
“I don’t see his presidency [ever ending] catastrophically. At worst he’ll keep us at the status-quo and be a mediocre president.”

Bales said he continues to believe under Obama, inevitable social reforms will come.

Duke Terrell, a sophomore nanosystems and electrical engineering major, said he is not completely supporting Obama’s decisions.

“I’m not impressed,” he said. “I want to see more interaction [between Obama] and the Congress and see them both working together.”

Terrell said Obama and his staff need to further evaluate plans before placing them in motion.

“[Obama] needs not throw out plans without [considering] all consequences,” he said.
“The [lack of extensive] planning is probably why there is always a [resulting] conflict.”

Manean “Jack” Mundi, a physics and math major, believes some decisions Obama has made have been great while others have been terrible.

“My views on Obama’s first 100 days mimic those expressed by House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, in his words: ‘spending, taxing and borrowing,'” he said. “I would also add audacious and ambitious.”

In the end, only time will tell. In the meantime, the American people will continue to exercise their freedom of speech on how they view Obama’s presidential reign.

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