Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About Your First 100 Days In Office If You Were President

Joe Biden has experienced his first 100+ days in office as President of the United States. And, as they should have been, those days have been closely critiqued and criticized. 

However, it’s time to go beyond superficial critiques and criticisms and think about real action items that can and should be accomplished. 

If you had become President of the United States in January 2021, what would you have set out to accomplish during your first 100-200 days in office? And HOW would you have gone about, and continued to go about, accomplishing what you set out to accomplish?

It’s easy to dream up ideas and criticize what someone else has or hasn’t done, especially when their realm of work is so far removed from your day-to-day experiences and responsibilities. However, making and actually executing reasonable and manageable plans that you’d mostly be responsible for, especially under the dire circumstances that were present at the dawn of 2021, is another feat altogether.  

Ultimately, this writing prompt is not about criticizing or comparing individuals, political parties, or plans. It’s about personalizing your own envisioning process, yet in a realistic way. 

What do you envision you would have actually done during your first 100 days as president at the dawn of 2021, and beyond? Try to be as optimistic and as realistic as possible. You might be surprised to discover that you can still do a lot of what you’re envisioning in this writing exercise, even without being president. Or, perhaps, that the first 100 days don’t always mean everything in the grand scheme of things since big things that need to be done usually take more time to accomplish.

Inspiration For Today’s Writing Prompt

Here are some quotes to consider for this writing prompt regarding previous U.S. presidents and their first 100 days in office. 

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961, Inaugural Address 

“This has been an improvisational 100 days.”

Op-ed in The New York Times on President George H.W. Bush, 1989

“His first 100 days have shown that he is a president determined to change the tides of history.”

Editorial in The New York Times on Ronald Reagan, 1981 

“The first 100 days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first 1,000 days that makes the difference.”

Barack Obama, 2009 (Source)

Main source for quotes above via Business Insider: How 6 US presidents have described the first 100 days in office

And here’s another interesting article published by Vox that’s worth reading as you work on this prompt: The myth of a president’s “first 100 days”

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