The Importance of the First 100 Days: What to expect from the 46th President


On Nov. 7, 2020, the race for the presidency was called by the Associated Press (AP), with Former Vice President Joe Biden, being declared the 46th President of the United States. While it is important to remember that Biden will not officially be in office until Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, during the Presidential Inauguration, this helps to understand his current plans for presidency and see what his plans are the first 100 days of his presidency. Dec. 8 is the deadline for resolving election disputes at the state level. All state recounts and court contests over presidential election results are to be completed by this date. Jan. 6, 2021: The House and Senate hold a joint session to count the electoral votes. If one ticket has received 270 or more electoral votes, the president of the Senate, currently Vice President Mike Pence, announces the results. Currently, former Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, are projected to take office. The first 100 days, according to, is believed to have its roots in France, where the concept of “Cent Jours”, or 100 days, refers to the time between Napoleon Bonaparte’s return to Paris and his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, after which King Louis XVIII regained the French throne. According to, in America, the first 100 days became a metric used to determine the successfulness of a person’s presidency following Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. During Roosevelts’ first 100 days as president, he quickly acted to calm the nation’s crippling financial panic, through the use of his “fireside chats” and began rolling out the programs that made up his New Deal, including 15 major pieces of legislation in the first 100 days. Since Roosevelt, all other presidents have been held to this same metric, with some notable first 100 days being John F. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs invasion order, which occurred 87 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan’s announcement of the release of U.S. diplomats, being held hostage in Iran, which occurred on his first day of presidency and Barack Obama, who got Congress to sign a $787 million stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, on his 29th day in office According to whitehouse. gov, current President Donald Trump, focused on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration and restoring confidence in the economy during his first 100 days. The first 100 days metric is an important one to help fully understand the reminder of the persons presidency. If the president successfully accomplishes their projected goals in their first 100 days it will show what to expect from their full term. According to, Biden’s current plan for his first 100 days of presidency will most likely focus on COVID-19. Currently the global pandemic, caused by COVID-19, is still in effect, with some countries in Europe planning to have a second shut down. According to joebiden. com, he plans on fighting COVID-19 by listening to science, ensuring public health decisions are informed by public health professionals and restoring trust, transparency, common purpose and accountability to the government. It is unknown if a second stimulus package will be rolled out during his first 100 days. According to, Biden plans on investing $25 billion in a vaccine manufacturing and distribution plan, however it is unknown if he will be able to achieve this goal. Another topic Biden plans to tackle during his presidency is foreign affairs. According to, Biden plans on reinstating the agreement that blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. He also plans on working to denuclearize North Korea and pursuing an extension of the New START Treaty. It is unknown if he will be able to accomplish these goals during the first 100 days of his presidency, however, it is expected that he will immediately begin work on foreign affairs. Biden currently has many goals he wishes to accomplish during his presidency, such as plans to tackle climate change, support educators and students, support veterans and improve racial economic equity. The rest of Biden’s first 100 days goals can be found at As of Nov. 9, 2020, it is expected that Biden will have a major focus on dealing with COVID-19 during his first 100 days. His seven-point plan to beat COVID-19 can be found at President Trump will remain in office until Monday, Jan 18, 2021, until the Presidential Inauguration. As of Nov. 9, 2020, Trump is still following through with many legal battles following the election. “Beginning Monday Nov. 9, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” Trump said. “The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.” No matter what happens until the Presidential Inauguration, or following Biden’s first 100 days, COVID-19 will still be a continual issue, as we all wait to see how our leadership guides us through this global pandemic. [Editor’s Note: As of Nov. 9, 2020, President Donald Trump and his campaign have not accepted the outcome of the election and are contesting the results in various states.]