Below is an interesting look at the first 100 days of several previous US Presidents. What will Obama do?
Heading for the First Hundred Days
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Looking back over the record since FDR, the pattern is discernible: declare war on something, or at least kill people; put a woman in the cabinet.
FDR: Day 1, declares war on fear; nominates Frances Perkins to be Secretary of Labor (the best we ever had).
Truman: Day 5, calls for Unconditional Surrender of Axis powers; Day 113, Drops A-bomb on Hiroshima.
Eisenhower: Day 23, refuses clemency to the Rosenbergs; Day 72, appoints Oveta Culp Hobby as head of HEW.
JFK: Day 41, announces Peace Corps and thousands of young Americans duly learn to sit crossed-legged on the ground, sowing seeds for bankruptcy of Medicare when knee replacements kick in 40 years later. Day 88, launches Bay of Pigs attack on Cuba.
LBJ: Day 8, creates a mass employment program known as the Warren Commission. Within hours tens of thousands of Americans are hard at work, challenging the Commissionâ€™s proceedings and drawing maps of Dealey Plaza.
Nixon: Day 57, launches secret bombing of Cambodia.
Ford: Day 4, declares war on inflation, â€œpublic enemy number oneâ€