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I know that all important holidays are "made up" in the sense that we have to all collectively agree that we care. Sometimes it is is religion that motivates us to mark a certain day as not like any other day; sometimes it is capitalism and the opportunity to sell us stuff (e.g. Halloween, Valentine's Day). There are few holidays, however, that are completely and utterly made up by the news media. That, however, is what today is. It is the 100th day of President Obama's administration.
But why is the 100th day important? Because FDR passed much of his New Deal legislation during the first 100 days of his presidency and therefore we must always judge every President after FDR by this arbitrary marker? Because the People have said so? Or God? Or the Market? Forget it. This isn't about God (no special foods or ceremonies for it) and it's not even about the Market (I can't even buy a tee shirt to celebrate it). This is about the Media and if there is one group of people who should not ever be allowed to make up holidays, it is the media (because we have no foods or tee shirts to go with it).
Not only did the media make up this day, but a quick look at Google trends shows that stories about Obama's first 100 days started months ago, got quite popular in and around January, and then recently exploded again.
Google Trends: obama 100 days.
But 100 days may or may not be a good time to judge a Presidency. I have my judgments, believe me. Despite working hard for Obama's election, I was disappointed enough by December to retire my Obama Flashbag and by February to start openly criticizing his bailout of the banks, the increase of troops in Afghanistan, and his too slow withdrawal from Iraq.
Still, there is nothing more or less that I know about Obama's Presidency today than I knew yesterday or even last month. Ultimately, the future is not determined and there is still time for all sorts of people and movements and industries to influence it. Not to mention the Media, who will pronounce the Obama 100 days a success or a failure or both, but all of it is too soon and without any food, like 100 Day 100 Chocolate Chip Cookies or 100 Day Red Wine or even 100 Day Greeting Cards with photographs of the First Dog on the front and it would say "I was going to get you a tee shirt for the first 100 Days, but all I could find was this chewed up bone" and then inside there could be a little cartoon of a reporter chewing on a bone and the bone could say 100 Days on it and we'd all chuckle as we opened our card and ate our 100 Day 100 Chip cookies and drank our 100 Day wine and told stories about this day, which is not at all like any other day, except it is.