The press is fixated this week on grading Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.
The grade depends on exactly what you’re grading the president on.
First, by objective standards, the president has signed 28 bills into law — far more than his two predecessors, and more than Bill Clinton.
He’s also signed more executive orders than his predecessors, many of them unraveling the executive orders signed by Barack Obama.
But the president has so far failed to advance a single legislative priority from his 100 day contract with America.
The repeal of Obamacare failed in Congress.
He’s backed away from funding a border wall in the hopes of avoiding a government shutdown.
And his immigration crackdown is stalled in the courts.
His biggest accomplishment to date, was adding a conservative judge to the Supreme Court, which could have an impact for generations.
It’s fair to say President Trump has evolved on many issues in his first 100 days.
After meeting with China’s president, he decided the country was not manipulating it’s currency.
Within a week of sending a signal the U.S. was not interested in interfering with Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, the president interfered with a military strike after Assad’s deadly gas attack on his own citizens.
The U.N. is now relevant. Russia is now bad. NAFTA will be renegotiated, and instead of negotiating with North Korea, we appear to be heading to a nuclear standoff.
As a chief executive there is also still a lot of work to do. The president has nominated just 66 of the 566 top positions of the executive branch, and only 26 have been confirmed by Congress.
The polls say that Donald Trump’s approval rating at the 100 day mark is the lowest in modern history.
But 96 percent of those who voted for him say they would do it again
The reality check is that no president should be judged on their first 100 days, though that is often when they are at their most influential.
And even these first 100 days wouldn’t be newsworthy if the president hadn’t made such a big deal during the campaign about how successful he would be out of the starting gate.
We’re clearly watching a President learn on the job. Whether he’s constantly evolving or constantly flip-flopping is in the eye of the beholder.
Because in the end, the state of the country after the first 100 days of the Trump administration is not nearly as important as what it looks like in the last 100 days.
John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.