After spending Wednesday analyzing and grading about President Obama's first 100 days in office, it's time to look ahead. Today is the first day of the rest of Obama's presidency and there is much to be done. The Huffington Post asked readers what they hope to see happen over Obama's next hundred days and here's what they said:
Michelle Hensley, Minneapolis, MN:
Please let Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers go. Their ties to Wall Street are much too strong for the fresh perspective we so sorely need. I am so worried about the hundreds of billions of dollars we are giving to the banking industry with no strings attached, and poor results. Wall Street execs responsible for the crisis must be fired. Fairness and justice in Wall Street compensation matter HUGELY to restore the trust and confidence of the American people.
Doug Grinbergs, Coulder, CO:
One of the most troubling signs from the new White House is the apparent willingness to issue torturers and other apparent war criminals a free pass in the name of looking forward and moving on. We must investigate, demand accountability and serve justice - from foot soldiers all the way to the top White House lawyers and their boss(es)!
Sofia Torres, Los Angeles, California:
"President Obama should further cut wasteful spending by giving time off for good behavior for non-violent drug offenders. A staggering amount of state and federal inmates are serving excessive sentences. Treatment instead of incarceration should be adopted on a national level. Millions of dollars and thousands of lives would be saved."
Economy--Health Care--Economy--Health Care!
Franklin W. Liu, Malden, MA
That President Obama's is the 44th president and the first African-American U.S. President is historic. The seeming adulation for Obama wherever he travels to abroad in Europe, South America and soon to Asia ought not to be misunderstood as some faux world-mandate...
Obama's success will hinge on him accepting the reality that he was elected as an American
president to protect and to advance American interest first around the world. That he sees his own legacy as the beloved "Preeminent leader of the world" is a curiously misplaced notion, as America's prestige and power are waning and being challenged around the World.
Dan Grossman, Cleveland, OH:
I would like to see the issue of marijuana legalization reexamined. I am not, nor have I ever been a pot smoker. But the drug laws in this country are ridiculous, and prisons, particularly privatized institutions are profiteering off of the underprivileged.
I am glad the administration is going after the banks to straighten up their act. Next, go after insurance and utility companies. They are gouging people left and right and the middle class tax payer (I am one of them) cannot support this greed for much longer.
Publicly endorse the investigation and trial of bush, cheney and all their co-criminals.
Ryan Akins, Sherwood, AR:
President Obama should appear on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I'd like to see a real interview, and perhaps RIM could pay for limited commercial interruptions.