Franklin Delano Roosevelt coined the phrase "First 100 Days" after ascending the presidency in 1933 when he laid out 13 major laws designed to address the Great Depression. “I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require,” said Roosevelt in his inaugural address. Today, we measure the early success of a president by the benchmark of their First 100 Days.
The Biden Blitz
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took the oath of office on Wednesday, assuming the mantle of the 46th President of the United States of America with the new motto “America United.” Inheriting over 400,000 COVID-19 related deaths, Biden has drafted a $1.9 trillion virus relief bill designed to reopen schools and businesses, expand virus testing and vaccination sites, expand eligibility to all seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, and initiates a mask-wearing mandate on all federal properties and along interstate travel.
President Biden will rescind the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, extend a pause on pandemic-related evictions and student loan payments, suspend the building of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and order all children separated from parents at the border to be reunited. Mr. Biden also plans to send a sweeping immigration bill to Congress that will provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants and their children known as DREAMers.
President Biden’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said “We’ll engage the world not as it was, but as it is. A world of rising nationalism, receding democracy, growing rivalry with China, Russia, and other authoritarian states, mounting threats to a stable and open international system, and a technological revolution that is reshaping every aspect of human existence.”