It is nearly upon us: that 100-day mark in the new president’s reign, a marker that he himself has both referred to as “ridiculous” and then endorsed by boasting that in “the first 100 days” no other president before him “has done nearly what we’ve been able to do.”
As April 29th approaches, we thought we’d take a look at some of the curious collateral surrounding the Big Day and the 99 other days that led up it. Beyond the obvious political punditry that traditionally accompanies a president’s 100th day in office, we had no idea what a lightning rod this milestone is for people in all sorts of quarters. It’s as if April 29 were a giant platform for Trump’s supporters, detractors and everyone in between to rant, rave, boast, belittle, trash, opine or simply crow.
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According to the UBS Investor Watch Report, Trump’s First 100 Days have energized investors and business owners who are optimistic about the economy. Two-thirds of business owners plan to increase investment, and more than half plan to increase hiring.
Here are the report’s key findings:
- 61% of all investors are optimistic about the 12-month economic outlook
- 66% of investors are optimistic about the short-term outlook for stocks
- 91% of investors believe that investing in infrastructure will positively impact the economy
- 90% of investors believe that the U.S. government should spend more time coming up with a better healthcare solution
- 74% of investors think that government should focus on tax reform next
- 66% of small business owners plan to invest more in their businesses
- 56% of small business owners intend to increase hiring
A Website Drenched in Irony
The White House has launched a new webpage touting Trump’s first 100 days in office, even after the president said judging presidents at the 100-day mark is a “ridiculous standard.”
“In his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable,” the webpage says.
So which is it?
At this website, at least, it’s all gooooood, as Michael Scott on The Office might say.
The website breaks down Trump’s wonderfulness into three categories: economic prosperity, security both at home and abroad, and government accountability.
“At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century,” the site says.“With a focus on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration, and restoring confidence in our economy, the President is keeping his promises to the American people.”
Meanwhile, in that other world outside the bubble of this new website, Trump has in recent days been downright…