One hundred days is not a lot of time to complete two years' worth of campaign promises -- more than 250 of them as recorded in NationalJournal.com's Promise Audit. Yet despite the narrow window and the range of issues he's had to juggle, Obama has managed to check a baker's dozen off his list and make progress on over a hundred more.
Some of his completed pledges, such as giving fireside chats online or requiring new hires to swear off gifts from lobbyists, were as easy to complete as flipping on a camera or flourishing a pen. Others, such as a pledge to include Republicans in his Cabinet, ended up causing no small amount of grief.
On several promises, the administration has taken significant steps but has yet to seal the deal; those were not included on this list. Obama's pledge to lift Bush-era restrictions on stem cell research, for example, came with a pledge to ensure research is "conducted ethically and with rigorous oversight." He completed his part, but the National Institutes of Health is not expected to release its guidelines for ethical research until July.
The 13 promises Obama has completed so far might seem trivial compared to what some presidents have achieved in their opening months, but with congressional Democrats generally amenable to the president's budget outline and efforts advancing on climate and health care, the administration seems well placed to scratch off a few more promises in the next 100 days.
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