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Franklin D. Roosevelt shakes hands with farmers from Georgia while on a campaign tour through rural areas of the state in 1932. Roosevelt was elected president later that year. (H. William Tetlow/Getty Images)
Franklin D. Roosevelt shakes hands with farmers from Georgia while on a campaign tour through rural areas of the state in 1932. Roosevelt was elected president later that year. (H. William Tetlow/Getty Images)
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President Trump will reach his 100th day in office Saturday with more signed laws and executive orders than recent presidents. But early presidents have accomplished even more, like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is largely responsible for setting the 100-day precedent when he signed 76 bills into law.

Some presidents — including Trump, Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy — have dismissed the 100-day expectation as arbitrary. But historians Ed Ayers (@edward_l_ayers) and Brian Balogh (@historyfellow) say the timeline can be a good indication of a president's priorities and relationship with Congress.

Here & Now's Lisa Mullins speaks with Ayers and Balogh, co-hosts of the podcast BackStory, which is produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

This segment aired on April 28, 2017.

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