100 Days of … not much

posted at 3:21 pm on April 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has now hit the 100th day of his second term, a milestone which generally means less than it does in the first term, when a new President has a true honeymoon.  Obama was the first President in long memory to win a second term with a lower percentage of the vote (and fewer votes) than in his first election, a pretty clear sign that Obama didn’t have a big popular mandate to ride in the first months afterward, too.  Even with lower expectations in mind, Obama has done almost nothing to advance an agenda, leaving the impression of a lame-duck executive at least two years too early.

Brian Hughes, the Washington Examiner’s White House correspondent, writes that time is running out:

One hundred days into his second term, President Obama has not accomplished any part of his ambitious legislative agenda. And the window to turn things around is closing fast.

For Obama, the past three months were critical to building momentum for legacy-defining achievements, starting with gun control and comprehensive immigration reform. Like any second-term president, the sprint from Inauguration Day is seen as the most productive time for major new laws.

But the president enjoyed no honeymoon at the start of his second term. Even his push for expanded background checks on gun purchases, which the White House trumpets as an issue with the backing of 90 percent of Americans, was too steep a climb on Capitol Hill.

Obama has alternated between stretches of blasting Congress and wooing lawmakers, essentially running his own good-cop, bad-cop routine. Neither strategy has worked so far. And some Obama supporters are now expressing concern that the first 100 days of the second term were wasted.

It didn’t help that the White House budget proposal, which was due on about Day 15, didn’t appear until Day 80.  Budget proposals frame agendas and priorities in a concrete manner, and until Presidents offer budgets, no one has a clear idea what the White House actually wants to do for the next 18 months.  The long delay, on top of all the fighting over the sequester and tax rates, ended up wasting what little momentum Obama had.

Marc Ambinder writes that Obama’s shift to the middle has made it more difficult to move an agenda:

With detractors on both sides, Obama is, for better or worse, now positioned in the political center on an array of domestic and foreign issues. On issue after issue — gun controlthe Keystone oil pipeline, immigration reform, Social Security and Medicare, and more — any sober assessment puts Obama in the center. He has been moving there for years, most notably starting in his 2011 State of the Union address.

The real question isn’t if Obama is in the middle — it’s whether owning the center can translate into actual victories in Congress — and whether Obama’s political style is effective in a polarized Congress.

Actually, Obama isn’t in the “middle” on Keystone or on Social Security and Medicare, either — he’s nowhere.  Other than chained CPI, which is a very modest reform in Social Security, Obama keeps talking about entitlement reform but opposes every proposal to enact it, instead insisting that tax hikes will fix entitlement programs.  Despite years-long pressure from Congress on Keystone, Obama won’t take a position on the pipeline that Canada now says will be a critical measure of their relationship with the US.  And on gun control, Ambinder seems to forget that Obama went all-in on the assault-weapons ban and the demagoguery against gun owners before backtracking to background checks — hardly a “middle” position.

Even his victories turn out to be flops.  Obama won tax hikes in January but ended up making the rates and the AMT fix permanent, removing all leverage from the sequester fight when Republicans turned the tables on him.  He spent weeks stoking hysteria over a 2.3% reduction for a federal budget that had grown 36% in six years, then spent another few weeks looking foolish when the sky didn’t fall.  That’s hardly a productive way to spend the first 1o0 days of a second term.

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Lame duck is not what come to mind. It rhymes with duck though.

ORconservative on April 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Down tinkles for Chris Matthews. Who’s he gonna blame for the lame?

RovesChins on April 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

One hundred days into his second term, President Obama has not accomplished any part of his ambitious legislative agenda. And the window to turn things around is closing fast.

That’s some bullshit.

He’s still spraying his DNA all over everybody thrown into the abyss of CommieCare.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

In two months he won’t be a lame duck anymore. He’ll be the guy who gave liberals Obamacare and amnesty.

El_Terrible on April 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

On issue after issue — gun control, the Keystone oil pipeline, immigration reform, Social Security and Medicare, and more — any sober assessment puts Obama in the center.

I don’t think “sober” means what he thinks it means.

Curtiss on April 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The middle..? He could find the middle with a map.

d1carter on April 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Hey, his budget was only 65 days late, golf clubs don’t swing themselves you know.

Bishop on April 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Where’s my Pigford money?

Oh wait, I’m a white male.

No faux farmer stash for me. :(

MichaelGabriel on April 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The Community pResident is…spent.

Electrongod on April 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

d1carter on April 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

should be “couldn’t”…sheesh.

d1carter on April 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Obama became a lame duck November 2010. The US chose to elect a lame duck in November 2012. Obama came into office a lame duck, it hasn’t just occurred over the last couple of months. May November 2014 be an even better trouncing of Obama, the Democrats and their policies.

Logus on April 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

If Obama can get the GOP amnesty through, all this disappointment with him will disappear immediately as it’ll give the Dems a permanent electoral majority and all the time in the world they need.

Doomberg on April 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

But for RINO’s we would never had a country so weak and lost that a low life like Obama could have ever been elected President.

If you do like the RINO’s and lay in the mud with commie Democrats you wake up with pigs in bed with you.

Lame Pig is more like it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Marc Ambinder writes that Obama’s shift to the middle has made it more difficult to move an agenda:

Middle of what? His agenda is so bad, even his own party won’t take a bite out of the sh!t sandwich he’s selling.
They have to get re-elected, you know.

RovesChins on April 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Lame duck? More like a cold turkey.

birdwatcher on April 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

One hundred days into his second term, President Obama has not accomplished any part of his ambitious legislative agenda. And the window to turn things around is closing fast.

Yeah right. Lame psychological bullshit. Pity the poor Obama. It’s those damn party of NO-er’s mankin’ it so tuff on him. Everybody turn and point your fingers at those icky republicans.
( Meanwhile, back in reality, the repubs are polishing Barry’s knob with a look of desperation on there faces that says “See…we’re all “hip” and “down” with that progressive stuff too. What up, Brah?”)

Mimzey on April 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I don’t know why y’all are spelling it with a “d.”

tom daschle concerned on April 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Oh I think bho has done gobs since elected! bho has managed to put the US in the worse debt in our history, gotten our credit rating downgraded, he has had numerous rop type actions here since elected, he has used eo numerous times to go around congress/the courts, he ignores congress when they demand his bunch saying why things has happened(Benghazi/F&F), he golfs/vacations/campaigns at taxpayers expense since elected, and he is generally a hateful/evil person! And the way things are going, it sure won’t improve in the next three years only get worse? bho is the worse president by far than Wilson/carter/fdr combined and that is saying a lot!
L

letget on April 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I don’t know why y’all are spelling it with a “d.”

tom daschle concerned on April 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The other version won’t get past the filters….

What The Duck?

Galt2009 on April 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

One hundred days into his second term, President Obama has not accomplished any part of his ambitious legislative agenda. And the window to turn things around is closing fast.

I would disagree somewhat. Obama has certainly excelled in incompetence and stupidity.

Kingfisher on April 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

His economic policies have been a total failure, America hates ObamaCare and no one believes he’s a centrist. 2016 elections won’t be pretty.

And given that the average time between recessions is just under 5 years, he’ll probably leave office with a worse economy than we have now.

Stick a fork in him.

Chuck Schick on April 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Isn’t it time to really move back to federalism? I mean the power in DC is too evenly divided to pass god legislation. All we get us crap that both sides can tolerate. DC has too much power and influence over what rightly should be state and local issues.

If we want to stop tearing at each others throats then the answer is federalism.

Charlemagne on April 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Like any second-term president, the sprint from Inauguration Day is seen as the most productive time for major new laws

When will they figure we have enough damned laws?

Cleombrotus on April 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

It’s ok. He’ll still manage to destroy America with the immigration bill.

thuja on April 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Like any second-term president, the sprint from Inauguration Day is seen as the most productive time for major new laws

When will they figure we have enough damned laws?

Cleombrotus on April 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM

No such thing as “enough” laws. We can never have too many. Having many laws means eventually tripping up average and unaware law abiding citizens and instantly making criminals from which can be extracted fines, prison sentences and be made random public examples to keep the rest of us as quiet and compliant as possible.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

He’ll still manage to destroy America with the immigration bill.

That, and several other means working together to fundamentally transform the USA into a nation that both he and Moochelle can forever be proud.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

On this RP is right.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

May the amnesty bill fail and all who’re for it go to Hades.

You are all a disgrace to the land and to all the legal immigrants of all times.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

This duck is not lame, he’s pinin’ for the fjords.

Lily on April 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Obama has alternated between stretches of blasting Congress and wooing lawmakers, essentially running his own good-cop, bad-cop routine.

Just what you’d expect from ‘a community organizer’.

Did the libs really think they elected ‘a leader’?

GarandFan on April 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM

The next reality TV mega-hit;

Lame Duck Dynasty

percysunshine on April 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

If the Republican leadership cuts America’s throat with amnesty Obama will have accomplished his mission.

Terrorists let in and put on immediate welfare. The border will never be secure and Americans want it. Millions come in while unemployment is sky high. Perhaps we could use these problems to stop amnesty and NOT cut our own throats?

GardenGnome on April 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The world laughs its collective azz off at the stupid Americans.

Only idiotic people can bring/keep such an underdeveloped narcissistic teenager.

The muzzie brotherhood rejoices.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

100 Days of … not much

This is an excellent start.

Four years of “not much” would be a best-case scenario outcome here.

Bruno Strozek on April 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

“Golly”, I’m starting to feel sorry for him. When you think of all those promises, the grandiose speeches, the canned rhetoric, the propped up doctors and children and firefighters, the shaming and the blame and the threats he’s tossed around, and he’s still coming up short? When you add the miserable failures of the solar companies going belly up and the stimulus that didn’t stimulate, and the health care that’s making people sick…it all paints a pretty pathetic legacy.

scalleywag on April 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

No wonder he vacations more than he works.

scalleywag on April 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Terrorists let in and put on immediate welfare. The border will never be secure and Americans want it.

The Leftist statists don’t want to limit immigration nor secure the border until they are sure these actions secure the support needed to ensure a lock on government control forever. And in the meantime, destroy us financially, and continue to siphon off our producers income through taxes to buy the votes of our newly minted citizens and the gimmiecrats already entrenched here.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

In two months he won’t be a lame duck anymore. He’ll be the guy who gave liberals Obamacare and amnesty.

El_Terrible on April 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

The immigration bill is dead… They will push for it, scream for it, make one million speeches about it, but it is dead… Even if it passes the Senate there is no way it is going to pass the House… Many people on our side, who are so stricken by fear and consider in their delusional minds that the liberals are invincible, thought that assualt weapon bans was going to certainly happen, not only they could not pass it, they did not even attempt to pass it, and when they attempt to pass something, anything, on gun control they failed badly…

Even the tax deal was a strategic defeat for liberals… When they make the Bush tax rates permanent for 99% of the population then they have defeated their own liberal ideology which is against giving tax breaks to anyone and they will have huge problems funding their welfare state through more taxes…

mnjg on April 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

100 Days of … not much

Perhaps in response to the “not much” part, Barry will work at light speed and do “too much” in the next 100 days. He really needs to ensure his legacy is unparalleled by any former president and at a ethereal level that can never be reached by a future president.

If we are so fortunate as to survive Barry’s remaining time in office. At all.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

One hundred days into his second term, President Obama has not accomplished any part of his ambitious legislative agenda.

Erh….if he was interested in pushing a legislative agenda, he should have stayed in the Senate….where legislation is…uh….legislated.

BobMbx on April 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Obama has alternated between stretches of blasting Congress and wooing lawmakers, essentially running his own good-cop, bad-cop routine. having a hissy fit suitable for a 2 year old when he didn’t get his way on the gun grab measure.

FTFY

neyney on April 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I cheer Obama’s ineffectiveness. Perhaps the republic will be able to recover once he’s gone. However, the lack of leadership from the Democratic party only serves to emphasize the similar lack from Republicans. It would appear that only RINOs have a plan for the future: and it guarantees their destruction!

Metanis on April 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Even his push for expanded background checks on gun purchases, which the White House trumpets as an issue with the backing of 90 percent of Americans, was too steep a climb on Capitol Hill.

Puzzling. It’s almost like that 90% figure isn’t real…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Obama is, for better or worse, now positioned in the political center

Good grief, how far left is this guy that he thinks Obama is now positioned as a centrist?
The only shift to the middle Obama ever made was with his finger to half the country.

lynncgb on April 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Don’t blame me

cmsinaz on April 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Nothing for 100 days and nothing on the horizon, except maybe more flubs, failures, and gaffes — especially on the international stage. And still half the country thinks he’s the best president ever.

How did we ever reset the bar so low?

Liam on April 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that?

Lance: What?

Kilgore: Legislation, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that.

[kneels]

Kilgore: I love the smell of defeated legislation in the afternoon. The smell, you know that legislative smell, the whole hill smelled like

[sniffing, pondering]

Kilgore: LAME DUCK. Someday this administration’s gonna end…

J_Crater on April 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

He meant the WH

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

the lack of leadership from the Democratic party only serves to emphasize the similar lack from Republicans. It would appear that only RINOs have a plan for the future: and it guarantees their destruction!

The party’s destruction will simply guarantee RINOs officially become members of the dem party.

Same thing if islam were to take over. They’d trip over themselves to be first to declare their conversion.

DO whatever it takes to retain office for the power, perks and access to the treasury.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Since he is a democrat, Lame Ass seems more fitting.

Russ86 on April 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Obama doesn’t have to do much — it’s all about running the statute of limitations for the 2007 meltdown.

cthulhu on April 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

It’s AWESOME how I get a pop-up to get an e-book on EVERY SCREEN at HA.

John the Libertarian on April 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Lame Duck? More like Limp D*ck…

affenhauer on April 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

It seems like 1000 days.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

0bama’s first 100 day accomplishments:
1. Got NCAA bracket done on time.
2. Got golf lessons from Tiger Woods.
3. Threw several very expensive WH parties.
4. Used AF1 more than he did his first term’s first 100 days.
5. Threw a temper tantrum in the Rose Garden over gun control failure.

jukin3 on April 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Lame duck is not what come to mind. It rhymes with duck though.

ORconservative on April 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Fumb Duck?

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Where’s my Pigford money?

Oh wait, I’m a white male.

No faux farmer stash for me. :(

MichaelGabriel on April 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Ok…You say “white male”. Are you hetero? If so, then from what I read lately, you are a minority and riches will shower on you soon. Hang in there and be patient (don’t go shooting up schools or rig pressure cookers).

teejk on April 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Lame Duck.

trigon on April 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM