Friday, 21 April 2017

The First 100 days - What Trump Should Have Said

So we're coming up to the "First 100 days" of the Trump regime. It's a traditional benchmark where new Prezzies and their Administrations stand back, take stock and let the people know what they have achieved. It's a pretty big deal, especially if, like Trump, you've shot your mouth off about all the things you were going to do on DAY ONE, never mind in the first one hundred days. 

According to the CNN web site, the idea of the first one hundred day retrospective came from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who saw this period as essential to the re-building of momentum and optimism following the Great Depression. In his first one hundred days he helped pass 15 major pieces of legislation through Congress. 

Trump used to love the "first 100 day" concept, and way back in October 2016 (god, it seems like eons ago), he said "On November 8th (Election day), Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities and honesty to our government. This is my pledge to you. And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people. And importantly, we will make America great again. Believe me." He had a whole action plan on his web site too. 

Sadly, according to Salon magazine, "Trump's 100-day achievements have consisted of his signing of some orders, having his picture taken with people around a big table, instituting "law and order" through his Henchman (Attorney General) Jess Sessions - and failing to get even one major piece of legislation passed into law....According to the latest Gallop poll, he has the worst average approval rating (41%) during this period of any president in that poll's history, and by a margin of 14 points."

Trump however, is telling everyone "I don't think that there is a presidential period of time in the first 100 days where anyone has done nearly what we've been able to do." Sadly, even his mouthpiece, Fox News, can't quite back this up in its recount of his days in office. He may be signing a lot of Executive Orders, but they're usually directives to look into this and that. In true toddler-tantrum fashion though, he knows he's talking absolute gob-shite because this is his Tweet on the matter - 

So the action plan he had on his web site, and all the pronouncements about what he was going to achieve in a nano-second? Fuggeddaboutit. That 100 day benchmark? "Ridiculous". Possibly even SAD! 

He should have taken a leaf out of Obama's book and given himself some wiggle room with the words - "The first hundred days is (sic) going to be important, but it's probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference." 

Although that's a bit of a long sentence for Trump. 


  1. Has he achieved ANYTHING?
    Maggie x

    1. Let's be fair, he has made some achievements. Take a look at where his approval rating is at compared to other presidents, usually it takes longer for them to have such low ratings. He has also made a joke of the office of the presidency.

    2. Ha - I thought you were serious for a moment. He is bragging that 96% of the people who voted for him would still vote for him, but when that original number wasn't very many, it's not an accomplishment.

  2. Jeff Sessions, not Jess. As in Jefferson Davis Sessions III (!). Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederacy (Confederate States of America) during the Civil War. This is a very salient connection, given that Sessions hails from one of the most backward (IMHO) southern states, Alabama.

  3. Oh my goodness, love this post and especially the last sentence.
    It's all very well to make fun of Trump, his toddler tantrums and his non-achievements, but honestly, I find him very frightening indeed.


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