Opinion: Obama celebrates 100 days by talking more in a news conference

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So the 100 days have finally gotten here and the hoopla seems to be settling down to one last blast at a televised news conference that begins at 5 p.m. Los Angeles time, 8 p.m. for those of you sweating in the Eastern time zone. That’s midnight GMT for our thousands of overseas reader.

Expect the same themes that President Obama laid out this morning at his town hall-style session in suburban St. Louis: The Obama administration inherited numerous problems from the Bush administration and is working very hard, with some success, to solve those difficulties in the economy and Iraq. The focus will be on the middle class, more spending for education, energy and healthcare and protecting people with sensible regulation of Wall Street. He will again warn about swine flu, using its formal name, H1N1, to avoid pushing pork prices down further.

Politically, Obama is expected to argue that we are all in this together and that he cannot do it alone and that his administration is fulfilling the promises he made during the more than two years of the presidential campaign.

Most American political experts cite FDR’s hundred days as the model for this type of accounting. That will give comfort to all and is a far cry from the 19th century version of 100 days: Napoleon’s flight from Elba to the defeat at Waterloo.


Now I’m off to tweet the news conference. Follow me on Twitter @LATimesmuskal

-- Michael Muskal

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