100 days: how Donald Trump compares with last five presidents


Trump does not appear to be at the helm of the most accomplished presidency in history but would he rate better if the field were restricted to recent enters?

A chairwomen place in history often emerges beyond the 100 -day mark, through marquee achievements( healthcare, Barack Obama, period 428) or defining events( September 11 assaults, George W Bush, period 235 ).

But the 100 periods rubric has been demonstrated irresistible, ever since Franklin Delano Roosevelt used it to frame the intense hustle of his administration in the face of world economic catastrophe. Roosevelt signed 15 major statutes in his honeymoon period, scrapped the gold standard, set up multiple major tasks programs and saved the banking system. Congress doesnt pass legislation any more they just wave at the bills as they go by, Will Rogers, the cowboy cutup, is said to have joked at the time.

Not to be outdone, Donald Trump recommended last week that he was a step ahead of FDR indeed of all his predecessors. No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 periods, Trump told a rally in Wisconsin. That was a month after he made the apologize, for the failed effort to undo Obamacare: I never told repeal it and supplant it within 64 days.

Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump)

No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous better standards of the first 100 periods,& it has been a lot( including S.C .), media will kill!

April 21, 2017

Trump does not appear to be at the helm of the most effected presidency in history, in so far, at all. But would Trump rate better if the field were restricted to most recent entries? Weve taken a quick look at how the first 100 days have played out going back five chairwomen at important events, legislative achievements and the public response.

Whatever you think of Trumps performance, its undeniable that past honeymoon hundreds have been packed with act by comparison. For assassination strives, oil spills, raiders and a hellish inferno outside Waco, Texas read on.

Ronald Reagan waving to well-wishers on the White House Lawn in 1986. Photo: taken away from picture library

Ronald Reagan

Inaugurated 20 January 1981

In short

He “il smile at” Tv cameras; he courted Congress, Democrats and all; he issued a bracingly revolutionary taxation and budgetary questions strategy and he lived an assassination attempt.

Highs and lows

Reagans presidency began with the freeing, as “hes taking” the oath of office, of captives in Iran, and he was quickly involved on multiple foreign fronts, advising the Soviets away from Poland and declaring a prototypical war on terror against leftist guerrillas in El Salvador.

Within a month, the new president had sent Congress a revolutionary budget and taxation program. To push his scheme through, Reagan embarked on personal meetings with hundreds of members of Congress and began an aggressive courtship of the Democratic House speaker, Tip ONeill, who cooperated with the president in an example of bipartisanship that remained held up as ideal.

Then arrived the would-be assassins bullet outside the Washington Hilton hotel on 30 March( day 70 ). In the hospital the day after the endeavor on their own lives, the president signed his first bill, cutting dairy subsidies. He was out recuperating for a month.

Public approval

The assassination attempt mailed Reagans permission rating through the roof, briefly into the low 70 s. Overall, Reagans permission rating rose 17 phases in his first 100 periods, from 51% approval to 68%, according to Gallup.

Key quote

The remarkable thing about Mr Reagans presidency has been his ability to keep it focused single-mindedly on his economic strategy. To be sure, theres been an element of luck in it. No confusing blowups have come along abroad, or serious political diversions at home. Washington Post editorial

George Bush in 1991. Photograph: Sportsphoto/ Allstar

George HW Bush

Inaugurated 20 January 1989

In short

A relative snooze-a-thon, with a lot of talk about runaway military spending and budget deficits( thank you, Mr Reagan) and one gigantic petroleum spill.

High and lows

In a year that would later find history stimulated in Tiananmen and Berlin, as Japans economy swelled and Saddam Hussein eyed Kuwait, George HW Bush began his presidency with a promise to rein in military spending and close Reagans deficit.

Bush suffered a significant political defeat on 10 March( period 50 ), when the Senate spurned John Tower, the defense secretary nominee, in the first such setback for a president in 30 years.

But the worst news of Bushs first 100 periods though its scope did not immediately become clear arrived on 24 March( day 64 ), when the Exxon Valdez oil tanker reached a reef in Alaska and began leaking what would be more than 10 m gallons of crude oil, sending shocking images of coated and succumbing waterfowl, spoiled shorelines and mountains of trash bags around the world.

The rest was a grab-bag: narcotic policy, acid rain, homelessness, abortion, the savings-and-loan crisis. Bush recognized his 100 days with a barnstorming tour of six states in four days to tout his achievements.

Public permission

Bushs approval rating rose five points in his first 100 days, from 51% permission to 56%, according to Gallup.

Key quote

These adjustments to the Reagan legacy did not result from the kind of grand scheme so preferred by students of the Presidency. This has been an improvisational 100 days. New York Times editorial

President Clinton in 1998. Photo: Morry Gash/ AP

Bill Clinton

Inaugurated 20 January 1993

In short

He jogged into agency with a lot of big ideas and delivered a budget outline in record day, but then stumbled on Dont Ask, Dont Tell and watched Waco go up in flames.

Highs and lows

Clinton get off to a fast start, policy-wise, gratifying Russian president Boris Yeltsin at a summit in Vancouver and pledging him$ 1bn of providing assistance, and then mailing Congress a detailed $1.5 tn budget outline in early April record speed.

But merely nine periods into his government, Clinton detected himself at a press conference explaining Dont Ask, Dont Tell, an awkward( and many thought pusillanimous) compromise to permit gays and lesbians to serve in the military.

Another early disagreement: less than a week into his presidency, Clinton announced that his wife, Hillary Clinton, would be in charge of a healthcare taskforce. We have a first lady of many flairs, Clinton said. Cue 25 years of grumbling.

Clintons 100 days closed in tragedy. On 19 April( period 90 ), federal agents raided a compound housing the Branch Davidian end-times sect outside Waco, Texas, where four agents had been killed in a gunfight in February. Multiple fires broke out and 76 members of the group were killed.

Public approval

Clintons approval rating dropped three points in his first 100 days, from 58% acceptance to 55%, according to Gallup.

Key quote

Its still early, and a hundred periods actually dont entail all that much, but one lesson he can learn lessons from his slump in Washington and at the polls is not to confound motion with progression. New York Times editorial

George W Bush in 1999. Photograph: John Althouse/ EPA

George W Bush

Inaugurated 20 January 2001

In short

Entering office under the cloud of the 2000 recount fiasco, Bush get in a couple of foreign policy skirmishes and teed up major taxation cuts and education reform, and won a reputation for showing up for sessions on time.

Highs and lows

High recognizes for punctuality? Severely, Bush get high recognizes for punctuality, as the pre-9/ 11 epoch dwindled to its clueless conclusion. Dedicated that epochal schism, the continuity between Bushs first 100 days and the rest of his presidency is notable. In that early interval, the 43 rd chairwoman both unleashed airstrikes to enforce a no-fly zone in Iraq and cheered giant,$ 1tn-plus taxation cuts through both houses of Congress.

The most visibly dramatic event of the period went on 1 April( period 72 ), when an American spy airliner collided with a Chinese fighter jet and had to make an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan. Bush apologized for the death of the Chinese pilot and for contravening Chinese airspace. The American crew been returned after 11 periods.

Three days after taking office, Bush proposed the No Child Left Behind education reform bill, which chugged steadily to passage about a year later.

Public approval

Bushs approval rating rose five points in his first 100 days, from 57% acceptance to 62%, according to Gallup.

Key quote

I seem free and relaxed. I seem comfortable; perhaps thats because Im on bended knee every morning, asking for guidance and for consolation. Whatever the reasons, Im enjoying myself. George W Bush

Barack Obama in 2007. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/ AP

Barack Obama

20 January 2009

In short

Entering on a wave of optimism, he faced a collapsing economy, a failing auto industry and the deployment of 80,000 troops in two theaters of campaign and then a raider attack.

Highs and lows

When we took office, the two countries was facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Obama loved to tell on the 2016 campaign trail. In retrospect, that was true, with the economy losing 800,000 employment opportunities in January 2009, the banking system in crisis, the housing breakdown ongoing and confidence in a turnaround scant.

The new chairperson signed a $787 bn stimulus bill( 17 February, day 29 ), an automobile bailout( 30 March, period 70 ), an extension of the childrens health insurance program and a $410 bn spending bill. He began to lay the groundwork for a healthcare reform law that would take another year to pass.

Domestic responsibilities were interrupted when, on 8 April( period 79 ), Somali pirates hijacked an American cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, and took its captain hostage on a covered lifeboat. Four days later, navy marksmen hit the abductors dead and the president won plaudits.

Public approval

Obamas approval rating fell three points in his first 100 periods, from 68% acceptance to 65%, according to Gallup. That 65% is still quite high, on par with Reagan post-assassination attempt.

Key quote

We were meeting the working day, every day, including weekends. And I started to realize that although we had extraordinary experience, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner Paul Volcker, Warren Buffett that nobody knew exactly how to fix the financial system. We were attaining best guesses in terms of what would work. Barack Obama

Donald Trump

Inaugurated 20 January 2017

In short

Mileage may differ. Either he is an unapologetic populist whose make further efforts to drain the inundate of Washington have been met, all too predictably, by powerful resist. Or he is a buffoonish con whose every gesture showcases his gross incompetence, plus he golfs too much, and hes likely bad at that, too.

Highs and lows

Empirical analysis has observed that chairwomen enjoy a honeymoon hundred with Congress, during which hour legislation that a president backs is more likely to pass. If thats true for Trump, hes in hassle. His effort to broker a deal on healthcare reform turned out to be as ineffectual as it was ostentatious. His promise to draw off taxation reform is equally in doubt. The one spending bill he has managed to sign thus far, a $19.5 bn reauthorization of Nasa, was both small potatoes and peripheral. He has struck down at least 10 important Obama regulations, pertaining to clean flows, internet privacy and artillery acquisitions by the mentally ill, but not everyone considers those accomplishments.

Many Americans more than half, in the majority polls is argued that Trump is underperforming as president. Strikes against him include his divisive and failed travel proscriptions, his blatant and insulting deception when it comes to voter hoax or mob sizing, his impulsive conduct of foreign policy, his had failed to divest from the Trump Organization, his embracing of Wall Street and of foreign dictators, his addiction to cable news, and a lack of policy seriousness which leads him to perplex Iraq and Syria, confound which guidance the navy is sailing in and to tell things like, Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.

Trump advocates ascertain his presidency differently. He is praised for addressed in a chemical strike in Syria with airstrikes, for generally projecting strength in foreign policy, for undoing Obama-era regulations on the environment and business, for install an conservative supreme court justice, for protecting American occupations, and for not letting people tell him what he cant do. It was also cool where reference is climbed into that truck and honked the horn.

Public approval

Trumps approval rating has plummeted about four points in his first 100 periods, from 45.5% permission to 41.7%, according to a FiveThirtyEight simulate.

Key quote

No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 periods. Donald Trump

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