How 6 US presidents have described the first 100 days in office

President Donald Trump has been in office for exactly 100 days, as of Saturday.

Trump may have called the benchmark a “ridiculous standard,” but we took a look at what some other Presidents had to say about the day and what others have said about them.


Donald Trump

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A week before the 100-day anniversary, Trump scoffed at the media and tweeted that the benchmark was a “ridiculous standard” by which to judge a President’s performance.

But in recent interviews, he has also said that he never realized how “big a job” being president was.


Richard Nixon

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Trump was not the only President to dismiss the 100-day mark. When reporters asked President Richard Nixon about his achievements, he said that he did not “count either the days or the hours.”


John F. Kennedy

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During his own inaugural address, John F. Kennedy mentioned the 100-day benchmark in an often-quoted segment about the economic reforms of the 1960s.


George W. Bush

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Months before 9/11 permanently altered the course of his presidency, George W. Bush told CNN that he was having a good time as the president of the US.


Barack Obama

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Even though Barack Obama signed a $700 billion stimilus bill, announced the country’s withdrawal from Iraq, and banned waterboarding within his first 100 days, he did not put much significance into this particular marker – claiming that it would be the first three years that would be what determined his performance.


BONUS: New York Times on Ronald Reagan

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In a New York Times editorial on Ronald Reagan’s performance on his first 100 days in office, White House correspondent Steven R. Weisman wrote that an unlikely candidate had quickly gotten the attention of the American people and “managed to avoid the serious blunders of many predecessors.”


BONUS: New York Times on George H. W. Bush

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In another op-ed on the hundred days that George H.W. Bush spent in the office after Reagan, New York Times editors said that the President was “doing a lot more than anyone expected” even though his budget was “mostly mirrors.”