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Obama's First Hundred Days: By The Numbers


Here's a hundred days piece that requires no heavy lifting. I won't burden you with policy initiatives, political analysis or psychological speculation.

Here's a collection of numbers that reflects the president's activities during his first hundred days. Some are consequential, others trivial. But they provide a window into the workings of the Obama presidency – and suggest what we can expect in the days to come.

In no particular order: some intriguing numbers from the Obama presidency to date. Make of them what you will.

News Conferences: 16 – of which two were formal prime time news sessions. Most of the others were joint press availabilities with foreign leaders at home and abroad. (Mr. Obama has a prime time news conference this evening.)

Speeches: 115 (at least 47 using a Teleprompter)

Cabinet Meetings: 1

Bill Signings: 12 (bill signing ceremonies: 6)

1) S. 181 - The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
2) H.R. 2 – The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act
3) S. 352, Digital TV Delay Act
4) H.R. 1 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
5) H.J. Res. 38 – a Continuing Resolution to provide funding to the government through March 11
6) H.R. 1105 - $410-billion Omnibus Appropriations Bill
7) H.R. 1541 - Small Business Act Temporary Extension
8) H.R. 146 – the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009
9) H.R. 1512, the "Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2009
10) H.R. 1388, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
11) S. 520, which designates the United States Courthouse located in Rockford, Illinois, as the "Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse"
12) S. 383, the "Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Act of 2009

Visits to the Capitol: 8

Visits to Camp David: 4 (all or part of 9 days)

Visits Home To Chicago: 1 (all or part of 4 days)

Foreign Travel: 3 trips; 9 nations:


1) Canada
2) U.K.
3) France
4) Germany
5) Czech Republic
6) Turkey
7) Iraq
8) Mexico
9) Trinidad and Tobago

Meetings with Foreign Leaders: 34 one on one sit down meetings with heads of state and government (plus casual greetings with 24 leaders at the G20 Summit in London and 33 at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.)

Flights on Marine One: 46 (plus 4 flights today)

Flights on Air Force One: 34 (plus 2 flights today)

Night Outings: 8 (dinners, parties, theater, sports)

States Visited: 11 (including today)


1) Maryland
2) Virginia
3) Indiana
4) Florida
5) Illinois
6) Colorado
7) Arizona
8) North Carolina
9) Ohio
10) California
11) Missouri

Proclamations: 17

1) Save Your Vision Week
2) American Red Cross Month
3) Irish American Heritage Month
4) Women's History Month
5) National Poison Prevention Week
6) Greek Independence Day
7) National Donate Life Month
8) National Child Abuse Prevent Month
9) National Cancer Control Month
10) National D.A.R.E. Day
11) National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
12) National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
13) Pan American Day and Week
14) National Park Week
15) National Volunteer Week
16) Earth Day
17) National Crime Victims Rights Week

National Debt: $11.2-trillion (up $563-billion on Mr. Obama's watch)

Golf Outings: 1

School Visits: 4 (for policy events)

Sports Events: At least 10 (includes White House visits by championship teams and players and one visit to a pro basketball game: Wizards v. Bulls, Feb. 27)

Mark Knoller is a CBS News White House correspondent. You can read more of his posts in Hotsheet here.

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