So here we are, 100 days into the Obama presidency, and every major news outlet is busy rating his performance.
I understand that it's a 24-hour news cycle and they have to fill the time with something, but what's magic about 100 days? Three months is a common probationary period in new jobs, but that's three months, not 100 days. Babies take nine months to gestate, a tomato plant takes just under three months to produce, and a presidential term is four years long. So why 100 days?
Like most Americans, I feel great goodwill toward our President; like most Americans, I'm pretty worried about the economy. My next door neighbor (currently out of work) said it this morning: "If Obama can't turn things around pretty soon, people are going to start to turn on him."
The President's power over the economy is pretty limited, unfortunately, and the current economic crisis has been building for years. But I'm still glad to see President Obama's face on television, and I still believe what he says, which is more than I can say about the last two presidents.
Five Random Songs
"Together in Electric Dreams," Nadeah. From Hollywood Mon Amour, a CD of covers of movie music -- this song, originally recorded by Phil Oakley of the Human League, was the theme of a 1984 film called Electric Dreams, a deeply quirky film about a man, a woman and a computer. I might need to put it on my Netflix queue, in fact...
"Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy," W:Ax. A cover of the "Ren & Stimpy" theme song, from a CD called Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits. "I don't think you're happy enough!"
"Come Back Home," Pete Yorn. I don't know why I don't play this CD (Day I Forgot) more often.
"International Pop Overthrow," Material Issue. I saw these guys live a few times, before the lead singer killed himself. What a waste; I loved this band.
"(What A) Wonderful World," Sam Cooke. Sam Cooke is like bacon; he improves everything.