Some might remember when an interviewer asked a president, when he was still a candidate for the office, about his first 100 day agenda.
The president answered, “The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference.”
That president was Barack Obama, and he is likely not the first president to agree with historians that the First 100 Day yardstick is ridiculous.
President Trump certainly would, and has used that very word in the tweet below:
No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
Nonetheless, as Trump’s tweet also indicates, no president wants to be found empty-handed when the countless media stories about his First 100 Day accomplishments inevitably arise.
And Trump more than most. Because in contrast to Obama, who sought to dampen expectations for this first 100 days (perhaps sensing that many would find his first 100 days, as well as his first 8 years, surprisingly sparse in terms of lasting positive accomplishments) Trump offered an impressive “Contract With The American Voter” on what he would during that time period.
One of the standouts on Trump’s contract is his “End Illegal Immigration Act” pledge.
Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a five-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
Another highlight on the Contract is the “Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act”:
Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
Neither act has been realized or are likely to be realized within Trump’s first 100 days. In fact there have been precious few legislative Trump accomplishments thus far.
As The Daily Wire points out
the first page of what Trump pledged to get done in his first 100 days has mostly been accomplished, but that’s because his first round of promises involved actions he could take through the executive branch. Where his promises fall short is what had to get done through the legislative branch: tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, school choice and infrastructure, among others, all have either been stalled in Congress or have yet to move forward.
To this point The Daily Wire mentions that Trump has already achieved quite a list of accomplishments.
For example, as The Daily Wire states, Trump has issued an executive order “cracking down on sanctuary cities,” which Trump promised to do as one of his “Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law.”
Still, although as Mark Levin points out, Trump’s executive orders have been conservative, his use of them have been “liberal” – both in the sense that they have been freely used and in the sense that such displays of presidential power is worrisome to Conservatives.
They may prove worrisome to Trump supporters outside of his conservative base as well. For if Trump has such trouble passing legislation with Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, then what does that portend as we move pass the first 100 days towards the end of the period by which Obama suggested will be a truer measurement of a president – the first 1,000.