Here's My Take #3: In The First 100 Days, What Should The Next President Do?

11/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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QUESTION: How would you shape the first 100 days of the incoming administration? What issues would you want tackled during this time and how would you handle them?

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In the first exercise we chose our "dream teams" for the incoming administration and in the second we iterated our top three issues - - excluding the economy. In this post, I would like to combine the previous two exercises to come up with a plan for the first 100 days. Remember, this is your "in a perfect world" scenario. How would you map out the first 3+ months?

As I wrote this column, I realized that I had no idea WHY we target the first 100 days of an administration as we do. I went looking for the answer and the only clue I could find relates to FDR: "Americans of all political persuasions were demanding immediate action, and Roosevelt responded with a remarkable series of new programs in the "first hundred days" of the administration, in which he met with congress for 100 days. During those 100 days of lawmaking, Congress granted every "request" Roosevelt asked." I suppose this set the standard and that is why. If anyone knows another reason, I would love to know.

There is your history lesson for the day. Now, onward...

Here's what I want to happen:

I want the Obamas to spend the first five of those days partying. Goodness knows, they deserve it after this campaign. Additionally, there IS the historical element of the first black First Family; one which I can hardly wait for!

Days six to forty-five, I want all departments, assuming the staff is in place, tasked with getting their plans submitted for the following policy areas: Iraq withdrawal and Afghanistan war, economic crisis and healthcare. Plus they should review ALL the Bush signing statements for constitutionality.

During this time-frame, weekly progress reports are required, weekly face-to-face meetings with the President and Vice President and statements by the Secretaries to the public about progress. This will improve transparency in government, utilize the expertise of Joe Biden and allow the citizens to get to know those who are running our country.

Days forty-six to ninety would be for executing Phase 1 of the plans. During this time as well, the departments not involved with these goals can begin the process of executing their own part of the administration policies.

This may sound simplistic and may seem like a short list, but consider what it would take to achieve a workable Phase 1 of any of those plans, let alone all four. There is then four years, dare I wish for eight, to continue and revise those plans while following the same "bite-size" chunk approach. I believe that this is how Obama both would and should approach the issues we face as a nation.

So, what's YOUR take. Reply using this link to Survey Monkey. Deadline is Monday, October 20 at midnight.