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Subject: Obama's first 500 days

Day 500:  With hyperpartisan stories like the Romanoff job offer (dredged back into the news),
the kickoff of the Blagojevich trial, and, of course, the continued oil spill, it might go unnoticed by some
that today is Barack Obama's 500th day in office (though, some might argue TOMORROW is 500;
We'll let Judge Mark Knoller decide, but we digress). There's always a lot of hype surrounding a
president's first 100 days, but Obama has now been in office five times longer than that marker
and what a stretch it's been.

On a day -- in a presidency -- when small-picture brushfire stories (like Romanoff) are dominating,
here's a step back at the big picture and all that's gone on. It could almost read like Bill Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".

Oil spill, Health care, Tea Parties, Financial reform, bailouts for cars and banks, the stimulus, Cash for Clunkers,
Toyota, Haiti, L'Aquila, Iran's elections, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Israel flotilla, Afghanistan troop increase,
underwear bomber, Ft. Hood, Times Square, Predator drones, Nobel Peace Prize, State of the Union/Bobby Jindal,
Ted Kennedy. Scott Brown, Michael Steele, Sarah Palin resigns, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, special elections,
Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, incumbent fever (Bennett, Specter, et al), Charlie Crist's party switch, Evan Bayh,
Sex Scandals: The Appalachian Trail, John Ensign, Eric Massa, Mark Souder, Jim Traficant out of jail, announces
independent bid, The Salahis, Carrie Prejean, It's John Edwards' baby, Rangel loses his gavel, The Replacements:
(Blago/Burris, Gillibrand/Caroline Kennedy, Beau Biden/Iraq/hospitalization, Al Franken sworn in as a senator
MONTHS after Election Day, The Gores separate. And, by the way, for a little more context, remember this:
JFK, at Day 500, had not yet faced the Cuban Missile Crisis and his attorney general, RFK, had yet to order
the integration of Ole Miss. or the University of Alabama.

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