The Hundred-Day Stretch

Is there value in marking this presidential milestone?

It’s been hard to miss the steady drumbeat counting down to Obama’s 100th day in office. Yesterday we wrote that while the benchmark itself “is completely arbitrary,” minus the historical significance, the media could still wring some substantial coverage out of the event. Do you agree with that assessment? Is the 100-day marker a meaningless media sideshow or can it be a valid marker of a president’s performance? What sort of coverage would best serve readers and viewers, while capitalizing on the shiny news peg? And how should reporters proceed on day 101?

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