In Preparation for Obama’s Hundred-Day Reviews

Barack Obama won’t complete his 100th day in office until next Wednesday, but already the reviews and commemorations are pouring in. Obama’s has already been the most closely-watched and dissected presidency of the media age, but the 100-day mark has been commemorated with similarly intense media analysis for every recent president.
To look back at the media’s 100-day reviews for the previous five presidents is to recognize a pattern: overall assessments generally break along the expected partisan and ideological lines, but are typically tinged with at least some optimism; no one wants to be accused of rendering a final verdict too soon.