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100 Days of Obama

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Ronda Kaysen: With all the hype swirling around Barack Obama's first 100 days in office, we wanted to find out just what the new president has (or hasn't) done for families and women since he moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Here's a breakdown of 35 events from the past 100 days that affect moms and their families.

For Moms

1. Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act, restoring women's legal right to sue their employers for pay discrimination.
2. Obama's economic stimulus package saves and creates jobs in fields where women workers are the substantial majority -- health care, child care, and education.
3. Obama ended Bush's "global gag rule," a ban on federal funding for international organizations that offer abortion counseling.
4. Obama stripped funding for contraception for low-income women from the stimulus bill because of Republican opposition.
5. The National Organization for Women (NOW) has Obama's back. When asked if the Obama administration was friendlier toward women's groups than the Bush administration, NOW president Kim Gandy said, "Are you kidding? The difference is like night and day."
6. Obama rolled back the Bush administration's "conscience" clause, which would have given health care workers the right to deny patients abortion, contraception, or any other procedure that they found morally objectionable.
7. Obama has appointed seven women to Cabinet-level positions.
8. Speaking of female Cabinet appointees, Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services yesterday.
9. Obama institutes a new ambassador-at-large, Melanne Verveer, for global women's issues.
10. Obama establishes the White House Council on Women and Girls, tapping senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as chair and Tina Tchen as executive director.
11. The 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act restarts U.S. contributions to the United Nations Population Fund.
12. The spending bill also reinstates low-cost birth control availability at college health centers and at about 400 clinics for low-income women.
13. Obama calls Afghanistan's proposed Shia Family Law -- which would legalize marital rape -- "abhorrent," pressuring Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reconsider the law.
14. Obama taps Elena Kagan to be the first woman Solicitor General.

For Kids

15. Signs act to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover 11 million children.
16. Dedicates $5 billion to expand Head Start and childcare options for working families.
17. The FDA extends Plan B availability to 17-year-olds. The so-called Morning After Pill was a hot-button issue during the Bush administration.

For Families

18. Obama invites gay parents and their kids to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll.
19. Obama vows to remove combat troops from Iraq by August 2010, but sends 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan. For military families, this means the years of sacrifice will likely continue.
20. Obama launches a plan to help 9 million homeowners refinance mortgages.
21. New homebuyers are eligible for a tax break up to $8,000.
22. Purchase a new car, light truck, motor home, or motorcycle and you may be entitled to deduct the taxes you paid on next year's tax return.
23. Most taxpayers qualify for a tax credit of up to $400 this year and next -- $800 for married couples filing jointly.
24. The final stimulus plan includes provisions that offer direct assistance for low-income households.
25. The Energy Department sets higher efficiency standards for household appliances.
26. Declares carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to "public health."

For Workers

27. Obama increases weekly unemployment benefits by $25 per week, and workers who plow through 26 weeks of unemployment benefits may be eligible for 20 additional weeks.
28. The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits a person receives in 2009 is tax-free.
29. Many laid-off workers are eligible for a new 65 percent subsidy to help cover the high cost of COBRA, the federal health insurance program.

The First Family

30. Marian Robinson, the First Lady's mom, moves to the White House to help care for First Kids.
31. Bo, a Portuguese water dog, moves into the White House, courtesy of Senator Ted Kennedy.
32. Michelle plants a vegetable garden outside the Oval Office.
33. The Obamas turn down a $100,000 subsidy to remodel the White House, saying they will pay for changes themselves.
34. The Obamas report $2,656,902 in income.
35. The White House gets a swing set.

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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
Valerie April 29, 2009, 1:51 PM

The Obama worship doesn’t end, does it? Is there any room for dissent left in America these days without getting accused of a hate crime? Yes, Obama has certainly done something for children by putting Kathleen Sibelius in place as HHS secretary. She’s the governor of Kansas who has defended and interfered in the criminal trial of the late term abortion baby butcher in Wichita who specializes in the murder of late stage babies in the womb. The smoke stack from his clinic incinerator sends ashes from burning children all over the neighborhood when the wind blows the right way. I have personally witnessed this. Obama has also now rescinded the Mexico City policy, ensuring that all Americans are now forced with tax money to fund the slaughter of the preborn in foreign countries as well as America. He is the most virulently anti-life President we have every had as he moves us towards socialized medicine which as a former UK resident having seen socialized medicine, I can assure you, will destroy the world-class health care we now have in America. Before you bow low before the Obama throne, please realize there are millions of Americans of conscience who stand opposed to his agenda for “women and children.” We stand for the defense of life at all stages and against the death march of our new President.

Nell April 29, 2009, 1:53 PM

Now, I have lived under quite a few presidents (not to tell my age), but this is the FIRST time that the first 100 days for a president have ever been such a big deal. They didn’t make this big a deal for Clinton’s, Bush’s, Bush Jr’s, Regan, or Carter and Nixon even! I wonder why now?!!

Anyway, since everyone wants to grade him and scrutinize, I think compared to the others mentioned above he has done quite a bit of good work. NO ONE picked their adminstration so fast, NO ONE signed so many large bills. NO ONE made so many quick changes to policies.

I thinks he is doing a fine job! Yes, he has made mistakes, but name one president that hasn’t…just one. It is a free country and people can say whatever they like about the pres…good or bad. But, for those who want to bash him and point out every mistake he has made…my question to you is “Could YOU do a better job”?

O.K. I’m off of my soap box.

Nell April 29, 2009, 1:57 PM

By the way…I am pro-life. So, no, I don’t agree with him 100%. But, you can’t make everybody happy all the time. Otherwise, this would be a perfect world.

b April 29, 2009, 5:11 PM

this article and its subsequent comments are proof positive that you can spin anything in any direction….

AM  April 29, 2009, 11:27 PM

Don’t forget Obama has also managed to spend more money in his first 100 days in office than Bush did in his entire first term!! Way to go President Obama, You Win! I just can’t wait to see what’s next :O)

chris April 30, 2009, 4:40 PM

And don’t forget almost every member that he was put into office or has tried to put into office have some kind of issue surrounding them…taxs, kickbacks, bribes etc…And what really gets me is just the other day when the airplane flew over NY, he acted as if he knew nothing about it and said that he was calling for an investigation into it PLEASE who believes that!

pat May 28, 2009, 9:03 AM

i never seen a working president like obama in all my life,This president actually Works. pat

pat May 28, 2009, 9:09 AM

this is the first time i have ever seen a President who actually WORKS,and the public knows every move he makes,now that is what you call “Public Contact”

Pfcrscda June 23, 2009, 12:21 AM

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