A 100 DAY PRESIDENT: A look into the future.
There are those who pin it down to Napoleon Bonaparte. That it took him a 100 days to return from exile and seize his throne, reinstate himself as ruler of France, wage war against the English and Prussian armies before his last stand at the battle of Waterloo.
However, in participatory democracy, the earliest evidence of the first 100 days of a president can be traced back to Franklin Roosevelt a US President who was considered to have led them out of the great depression in the 1930’s. The term was coined in a radio broadcast to the nation although he was referring to the special hundred day session of congress he called for rather than the first 100 days of his presidency. He believed that he had a responsibility to pull America out of depression which he attributed to the wrongs of the Herbert Hoover administration. His four main priorities were to get Americans back to work, protect their savings and prosperity, provide relief for the sick and elderly and get industry and agriculture back on their feet. Within the period, he got more than fifteen bills through congress and these bills became known as the New Deal. Many people considered the new deal very successful as they created employment for the jobless and used agriculture as a base to stabilizing the economy. Critics who were republicans and big businesses felt it was too expensive and increased government wage bill in a way they did not approve of. However Roosevelt was largely considered an over achiever hence being elected to office for four separate terms by the American people; the longest serving US President.