Joe Klein on the President's Impressive Performance Thus Far

Obama's start has been the most impressive of any President since F.D.R. The biggest tests are ahead of him

Callie Shell / Aurora for TIME

Obama reads letters in his private office in the residence.

The President almost seemed apologetic. "This may be a slightly longer speech than I usually give," he told his audience at Georgetown University on April 14. "This is going to be prose and not poetry." What followed, as promised, was not poetry. Barack Obama doesn't do much poetry anymore. But in prose that was spare and clear and compelling, the President proceeded to describe how his Administration had responded to the financial crisis, the overriding challenge of his first 100 days in office. He had covered this ground before, nearly as well, in his budget message to Congress. But...

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