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Federal Government Information: First 100 Days of a U.S. Presidency

First 100 Days of a U.S. Presidency

Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to talk about the first one hundred days during a radio address on July 24, 1933. He reflected on the progress made during his first days in office, and the groundwork laid for the New Deal. Since then, the first one hundred days has become an important benchmark for measuring a new presidential administration. New presidents also use the first 100 days framework to highlight their priorities and demonstrate how they plan to move forward in their administration.

This guide has links to a number of U.S. Documents discussing the first 100 days of the presidency for numerous administrations—from Roosevelt to Biden. 

In Their Own Words: How Presidents Talk About Their First 100 Days

Click the slider below to see a variety of presidential documents discussing the first 100 days of the presidency. Largely sourced from the Public Papers of the Presidents, the collection below includes transcripts of speeches, radio addresses, and other public communications from President Roosevelt through President Biden. 

Presidential Documents

FDR's Fireside Chat

Transcript of FDR's July 24, 1933 address

1961 Public Papers 2 - Inaugural Address

President Kennedy's inaugural address on January 20, 1961

1981 Public Papers 321 - Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Program for Economic Recovery

President Reagan addresses a Joint Session of Congress on April 28, 1981

1993 Public Papers 628 - Interview With Don Imus of WFAN Radio, New York City

Transcript of phone interview of President Clinton on May 12, 1993

2001 Public Papers 467 - The President's Radio Address

Transcript of President George W. Bush's radio address on April 28, 2001

2009 Remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Transcript of President Obama's speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

2017 The President's Weekly Address

President Trump's weekly address on April 27, 2017,  recorded in the Map Room at the White House.

2021 Remarks on the National Coronavirus Vaccination Effort

President Biden's remarks on March 18, 2021

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Barack Obama, 2009, Book 1

Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period.  

From the Capitol: Congressional Record on the First 100 Days

Click through the slider below to learn more about how Members of Congress have talked about the first 100 days. The documents below are sourced from the Congressional Record, the record of daily business for both the Senate and House of Representatives. 

 

Congressional Documents

147 Cong. Rec. H1594 - EVALUATING THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST 100 DAYS

Speech on the House floor by Rep. Pallone on April 25, 2001

155 Cong. Rec. S4883 - 100 DAYS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Speech on the Senate floor by Sen. Durbin on April 29, 2009

155 Cong. Rec. S4834 - THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST 100 DAYS

Speech on the Senate floor by Sen. Kyl on April 29, 2009

163 Cong. Rec. H2927 - PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST 100 DAYS

Speech on the House floor by Rep. McClintock on April 27, 2017

163 Cong. Rec. S2475 - THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST ONE HUNDRED DAYS

Senate speech by Sen. Schumer on April 24, 2017

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