Let the Obama Report Cards Begin: "B" So Far

Last Updated Apr 1, 2009 12:29 PM EDT

A "B at best" is what Harvard Kennedy School's Barbara Kellerman would grade President Obama's first few months in office -- he's a little more than half way into his first 100 days. (You can grade the president yourself in the poll below.)

Why not higher? Kellerman believes the president's multi-item agenda is taking his attention off of the top priority item. She says:

He has not stayed fully focused on problem number one, which is the financial sector, nor has he surrounded himself with a cadre of wise men and women that would mute, or at least tamp down, his congressional and media critics - both, I might add, are already wearing at the fabric of his presidency. Where, for example, is the venerable Paul Volcker? He's the perfect example of a man beyond reproach, with wisdom and experience in precisely the area in which Obama himself is still something of a novice - Wall Street.
How would you grade the president so far? The report card is below.
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