Richard Nixon completes his first hundred days in office next week. Hugh Sidey, TIME'S Washington Bureau chief and former White House correspondent, gives his assessment of the President's performance thus far.

IN a hundred days Franklin Roosevelt led a foundering society back to self-confidence, and no President since 1933 has been allowed to forget it. John Kennedy complained shortly before assuming power: "I'm sick of hearing about a hundred days. I'm not Roosevelt, and these aren't the '30s." But the legend persisted. Lyndon Johnson, in fact, encouraged comparisons, and with pockets stuffed full...

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