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FACTBOX-Obama’s first 100 days by the numbers

In ARTIKEL POLRI on April 27, 2009 at 4:14 am

 

April 26 (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama took office almost 100 days ago, the Dow was at 8281, gold was $842.40 an ounce and the new U.S. president had a 15-member Cabinet to fill.

 

How do things stand now? The following is a look at his first 100 days in office by the numbers:

Stock market change: Mixed

* The Dow closed at 8281.22 on the last trading day before Obama took office and closed slightly lower on Friday at 8076.29. In between, it plummeted about 1,800 points to 6469.95 on March 6 before recovering. The broader S&P 500 closed at 850.12 on Jan. 16 and ended slightly up, at 866.23, on Friday.

Spot gold prices: Up about $80 an ounce

* Spot gold prices closed Jan. 19 at $833 an ounce and were about $913 on Friday. Prices reached a high of about $993 in February before falling back.

Unemployment, seasonally adjusted: Up nearly 1 percentage point

* Joblessness was 7.6 percent in January and had risen to 8.5 percent by March, the latest monthly figure. New unemployment claims have continued to rise in April.

Oil prices: Up about $8 a barrel

* Brent crude prices were $43.42 on Jan. 16 and were at $51.67 on Friday.

Number of Cabinet members seated: 14.

* The Senate has approved all of Obama’s Cabinet appointees except Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius. Her confirmation vote is pending and could come this week.

Number of Cabinet picks who withdrew their nomination: 3

* Tom Daschle withdrew as health secretary-designate because of a personal tax issue. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew as commerce secretary nominee because of a legal inquiry in his home state and Judd Gregg, a Republican moderate, withdrew as commerce secretary-designate after deciding he had too many policy differences with Obama.

Number of appointees with personal tax issues: at least 6

* Daschle withdrew after paying $150,000 in back taxes for failing to report a company car and driver as personal income for several years. Nancy Killifer, Obama’s choice to oversee budget reform, also withdrew over tax issues. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was confirmed despite late payment of taxes. Two other Cabinet picks reported paying back taxes and one had to answer questions about her husband’s business taxes.

Pieces of legislation signed: 6.

* The first bill Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which made it easier to fight pay discrimination. Among the other measures he signed: A bill reauthorizing the government’s health insurance plan for children, and the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Number of countries visited: 9

* Obama has made three trips abroad. He first visited Canada. Then he made a swing to Europe and the Middle East, visiting Britain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Iraq. His most recent trip was to Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

Number of foreign leaders met for face-to-face talks: 44

Number of heads of state hosted at White House: 8

Number of U.S. states visited: 12

* As president, Obama has made trips to Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, California, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, Ohio.

Number of professional sporting events attended: 1

* The game featured his hometown Chicago Bulls basketball team against the Washington Wizards. (Editing by Eric Walsh)

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