A Nation Engaged: 100 Days Into The Trump Presidency

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The American presidency and Donald Trump. We’re teaming up with NPR at presidential libraries around the country to ask how you see this president.

WABE listeners gathered at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library​ in Atlanta on Monday for WABE's "Nation Engaged" event. (Courtesy of WABE)
WABE listeners gathered at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library​ in Atlanta on Monday for WABE's "Nation Engaged" event. (Courtesy of the Sintoses/WABE)

How does Donald Trump look right now from the perspective of past American presidencies? Together with NPR, we’ve gone out in the past week to presidential libraries all over the country – Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, California – to ask presidential historians and you what we’ve seen. In President Trump’s style. In his substance. In his tweets and declarations and way with the country’s interests and his own. This hour On Point: A Nation Engaged looks at the young presidency of Donald Trump. — Tom Ashbrook


John Burnett, NPR's Southwest correspondent who moderated an event Tuesday night at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. (@radiobigtex)

Michele Andwele, participated in WABE’s “A Nation Engaged” event at the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta this week. Executive editor at the Arthritis Foundation.

Althea Cole, participated in Iowa Public Radio’s “A Nation Engaged” event at the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa this week. Professional pet-sitter and a political volunteer. (@AltheaCole)

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The New York Times: Trump Wants It Known: Grading 100 Days Is ‘Ridiculous’ (but His Were the Best) — "It may not be meaningful, but Mr. Trump has invested quite a lot of meaning in the 100-day grading period, deeply anxious that he be judged a success at this early stage. And not just a success, but one with plenty of superlatives: the most successful president with the most executive orders and bills signed and the best relationships with foreign leaders and the most action taken by any president ever in the first 100 days. Even though it’s an artificial barrier."

Washington Examiner: Byron York: Trump's 100 Days: An Executive Success — "The bottom line is that Trump has been a 100 day success when it comes to exercising the executive powers of the presidency. He has done a great deal of what he said he would do, and promises to do more. (The White House is planning a new set of executive orders this week to beat the 100 day deadline.)"

The Hill: Trump’s first 100 days anything but presidential — "Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of his presidency. But he failed to get congressional approval to repeal ACA and replace it with Trumpcare, even though his party controls both houses of Congress. Donald Trump’s only major legislative victory was the Senate confirmation of his nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch."

This program aired on April 27, 2017.


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