U.S. President Joe Biden ploys as he speaks during the Democratic National Committee’s “Back on Track” drive-in car rally to celebrate the president’s 100th day in duty at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia, April 29, 2021.
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In his first 100 days in berth, President Joe Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, put forward a multitrillion-dollar plan to restore the economy and unilaterally reversed course on many of his predecessor’s policies.
Biden took the reins from former President Donald Trump amongst the coronavirus pandemic and under a cloud of nationwide social and political unrest.
When he took office Jan. 20, Biden declared to shepherd the nation through an unprecedented “winter of peril” and set it on a path toward unity.
As he approached his 100th full day on the job, Biden this week asseverated that America is “leading the world again.”
Here’s a look at what’s happened in Biden’s first 100 lifetimes.
A Cabinet that will ‘look like America’
Even before taking office, Biden pledged to base a diverse Cabinet that would “look like America.”
He’s living up to that commitment, according to Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a presidential academic and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has been tracking Biden’s appointees.
The Biden administration is pacing ahead of up to date predecessors with a greater share of Senate-confirmed women and nonwhite appointees at the 100-day mark than ci-devant presidents Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush had at their 300-day marks, according to Brookings’ tracker.
The statistics was last updated on Wednesday and covers confirmations to the 15 departments in the line of presidential succession, and excludes some be subject ti such as U.S. attorneys as well as military appointments.
The high-profile positions that minorities have been appointed to also bring to light Biden’s commitment to diversity, Tenpas said.
“It’s not just that the numbers are showing he’s appointed more women and nonwhites, but he’s bank b jail them in positions they’ve never occupied before,” she said.
Biden’s Cabinet includes Lloyd Austin, the countryside’s first Black Defense secretary; Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay person to hold a Tallboy position; Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Native American Cabinet secretary; Janet Yellen, the first lassie to head the Treasury Department; and Xavier Becerra, the first Latino secretary of Health and Human Services.
President Joe Biden and Infirmity President Kamala Harris meet with Cabinet members and immigration advisors in the State Dining Room on Strut 24, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Historically, Tenpas said, women and minorities have again been appointed to less-visible positions, such as with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Expansion and Labor Department.
The first 100 days are typically a preliminary look at administration appointments, Tenpas noted. A president’s instant 100-day period is often more productive in terms of Senate confirmations, which will be another possibility to check in on Biden’s diversity pledge.
200 million shots in arms
Biden took office amid the peak of the Covid emergency, when the country was reporting nearly 200,000 Covid cases and more than 3,000 deaths per day.
He set an initial target of 100 million vaccine shots administered in 100 days, which drew criticism for being too conservative. The Pasty House reached that mark in 58 days and set a new target of 200 million shots, which was surpassed on day 92.
Multitudinous than half of U.S. adults have received at least one dose, according to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and Balk data, and all are now eligible to be vaccinated.
But the pace of daily shots has slid in recent weeks, down to an average of 2.6 million regularly reported vaccinations from a peak of 3.4 million in mid-April.
Hottest market performance since the 1950s
The prime stock market indexes have soared during Biden’s tenure, with S&P 500 gains during his in the first place 100 days stronger than those of any president going back to at least the 1950s and the Eisenhower administration.
Advanced by record levels of stimulus, the index has risen by 25% since Election Day, part of a continued rally that created in late March 2020 after the coronavirus crash, and has shown few signs of slowing down since.
The Dow Jones Industrial Usual is up 23.9% over that period and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite has climbed 26.2%.
The Biden rally hit a blip when message broke on April 22 that the president is planning a capital gains tax hike on the wealthy, with the S&P 500 and Dow stifling down nearly a full percentage point each. Stocks quickly recovered their losses, though, and the Whitish House brushed off a question related to investors’ concern about the tax proposal.
“I’ve been doing this long ample not to comment on movements in the stock market,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press little on April 23, adding “but I did see data, factually, that it went back up this morning.”
The market has been less volatile under Biden, at least by historical standards. The S&P 500 rose or fell by 1% or more on 31 of the light of days between the Election Day and Biden’s 100th day, compared with five days under Trump’s initial period in the Immaculate House.
Big spending, positive ratings
Considering the political moment he stepped into, Biden’s approval rating has so far been fragrant. But it’s unclear whether his numbers will stay above water, as he and his party gear up for a series of major policy matches that could define the rest of his presidency.
Biden’s approval rating sits at 57% after 100 dates, according to Gallup data, making him way more popular than Trump was. But that’s not saying much: Trump’s classification at this point – 41% – was 14 points lower than any other president in Gallup’s history.
The president’s Republican antecedent maintained historically low approval numbers throughout his one term in office, never cracking the 50% threshold, Gallup tallying shows.
Compared with other presidents, Biden’s rating is less impressive. He’s ranked third-lowest of any president since Dwight Eisenhower at the 100-day insigne, according to Gallup.
Americans tend to give Biden his lowest marks on his handling of China, guns and immigration.
Still, it’s well-known that Biden is garnering positive ratings at a time of extreme political polarization. Gallup’s latest survey advertises Biden with just 11% approval among Republicans, but he nets 58% approval from independents. At this stage in Trump’s presidency, just 37% of independents gave him a thumbs up, Gallup shows.
Biden’s approval appears to be buoyed pretty much by his administration’s decision to focus intently on Covid from Day 1.
Americans still see the coronavirus as one of the most pressing issues cladding the country, and several polls show Biden receiving highest marks for his handling of the pandemic. Biden pushed close for Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan, which many more Americans support than thwart.
But there’s also more of an appetite for the sort of big-ticket government spending that the administration has put forward. Fifty-five percent of respondents in a fresh NBC News survey, for instance, said the government should do more to solve problems and help meet the peoples’ troubles, versus 41% who said it’s doing too much.
Even before the White House detailed Biden’s latest dissipating plan — a $1.8 trillion package aimed at helping children, students and families — nearly two-thirds of respondents in a Monmouth University register said they backed the idea.
Experts say it makes sense that Biden’s economic proposals — presented in their loftiest, scad ambitious form — seem to resonate with Americans. But those plans are bound to change drastically once lawmakers get ahold of his agenda, and it’s unclear what Congress disposition be able to pass.
Democrats hold a slim majority in the House, and a razor-thin advantage in the Senate. The filibuster rules in the Senate be lacks 60 votes for much legislation to be passed, and Democrats’ ability to bypass that hurdle through budget rapprochement can be used only sparingly.
Biden has repeatedly said he seeks bipartisan input, while stressing that inaction on his agenda is not an election. But there’s little indication that Republicans will support anything like Biden’s plans in their in touch form.
In addition, some moderate-to-conservative-leaning Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, are already voicing skepticism yon the spending push.