Dear Amy: During the presidential campaign, the media kept referring to the “First 100 Days.” Why is this important? — Timothy S., Montpelier, Vermont
Dear Timothy: The “First 100 Days” is a measure for judging the effectiveness of a newly elected president. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, he addressed the nation with a plan to end the Great Depression quickly. Banks had failed, families had lost their life savings and nearly 25 percent of the population was unemployed. Citizens desperately needed encouragement.
Roosevelt began by delivering an inspirational inauguration speech that included the famous quote “... the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In his first 100 days in office, FDR made history, putting Congress to work right away by passing 15 new bills, reopening banks and creating jobs. He was the first president to turn so many new ideas into legislation in such a short time period.
Many historians believe FDR’s New Deal and other policy changes helped America recover from the Depression and reversed the fate of the nation. Keep track of our new president’s first 100 days at whitehouse.gov.
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