As well as beating Covid-19, the president’s task is to define the “unity” of which he spoke in his inaugural address.
Since the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a US president’s first 100 days has been a significant, or at least much-discussed, measure of time. In his first 100 days, FDR, the first president to use the phrase, put in place the foundation for the New Deal, a series of social and economic reforms, including public works projects, that were designed to lift the country out of the Great Depression. John F. Kennedy, in his opening 100 days, created the Peace Corps and deepened US involvement in Vietnam. In Donald Trump’s first 100 days — in fact, at the end of his first week — he introduced a travel ban against several Muslim-majority countries.
A president’s first 100 days set the tone for their administration. Their actions in this symbolic window tell us what they care about and how capably they can hit the ground running and avoid getting bogged down in the political machinations of Washington, DC.