President Obama marks first 100 days in office - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

President Obama marks first 100 days in office

WASHINGTON. - As he marked his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama was out of the office traveling to Missouri.

He has, if anything, become familiar with crisis in the first hundred days, the latest, the spread of a deadly swine flu.

"We are closely and continuously monitoring the emerging cases of this virus throughout the United States. This is obviously a serious situation," the president said.

One of many serious situations the new president has faced; from the crumbling auto industry to the banking bailout and fragile economy, the balancing act in Iraq and Afghanistan and pirates kidnapping a U.S. ship captain.

President Obama has been forced to deal with several challenges early in his administration.

"We're in a time period in which there's a lot on the American people's plate," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

A Wall Street Journal NBC News poll suggests most Americans think the president is off to a pretty good start.

His 61 percent job approval rating is better than George W. Bush or Bill Clinton had at the 100-day mark.

That popularity though does not come without questions about his policy.

There has been concern over the president's $787 billion economic stimulus package.

It's the most expensive spending bill in U.S. history.

After the first 100 days, there is one thing most everyone can agree on, the more than 1,000left in the Obama White House will likely be even more difficult.

Among the problems the Obama White House has targeted, the budget deficit, affordable health care and global warming.

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