Obama, Biden Earn A-Minuses

Pundits offer wide-ranging report card
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 11:24 AM CDT
Obama, Biden Earn A-Minuses
Treasury Secretery Tim Geithner, right, listens to Vice President Joe Biden as he speaks during the first Recovery Plan Implementation meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at the White House.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

On President Obama’s 100th day in office, Mark Halperin of Time provides a White House report card:

  • Barack Obama: A-. “Instantly comfortable and highly skilled at the hardest job in the world.”
  • Joe Biden: A-: Operates "precisely in the manner he and Obama discussed before he accepted the position."
  • Hillary Clinton: A-. “A significant, powerful, worldly, respected figure.”
  • Tim Geithner: C-. “Still lacks constituency support where it counts.”
  • Michelle Obama: A+. “Aced the traditional role of First Lady while simultaneously modernizing the office.”

Meanwhile, Salon gathers analysts to assess the administration on the big issues:

  • Blogger Marcy Wheeler: B- on national security and foreign policy, A on school funding, C on tolerance of “Wall Street flunkies.”
  • Sen. Russ Feingold: A on detention and interrogation, D on following Bush's state secrets stance.
  • Tax-reform advocate Grover Norquist: D on economy, incomplete on foreign policy and national security.
  • New York City doorman Gregory Smith: A on economy, A on national security and foreign policy.
(More 100 days stories.)

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