According to Gallup, President Obama’s first quarter approval rating of 63% was the fourth highest since the metric was first recorded in 1953. Only Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Carter -in that order – had higher approval ratings during the first quarter of their Presidencies.
Notwithstanding an inauguration day meeting of Congressional Republicans where they made a pact to deny President Obama a second term, the new President and the Congressional Democratic majority passed and signed a number of measures during Obama’s first 100 days in office. Most of the new measures fulfilled promises he had made during his campaign for the Presidency. Among them were the Lilly Ledbetter Act, assuring equal pay for women; expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Act (S-Chip); A budget resolution that solidified the Administration’s intent to implement healthcare reform, new ethical guidelines designed to reduce the influence of lobbyists; and a number of other Progressive measures.
Just nine days after his swearing-in, on January 29, 2009, President Obama escorts Lilly Ledbetter into the East Room for the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. (Photo, NBC News)