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Old 03 May 2009, 02:56 AM
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United States Why do we care about 100 days?

Comment: I was told that the Presidents first 100 days is a "bench mark"
on his administration.
The "first 100 days" comes from the early U.S. legislators that were
mostly farmers and had to return home to plant the crops after 100 days in
office. After planting they returned to the capital city and took leave
again for harvesting. Is this true?
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Old 03 May 2009, 03:17 AM
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The first congresses generally didn't meet at all after their swearing in, according to this list. If they did, it was a very short special session that didn't last anywhere near 100 days.

Outside of wartime, they held to a pattern of the first session beginning in late fall and continuing to late spring or early summer, and the second (lame duck) session beginning in late fall and continuing until the beginning of the new Congress on March 4th. This continued until the mid-19th century.
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Old 03 May 2009, 05:25 AM
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United States The Myth of 100 Days

The 100 days is one of the most nefarious myths of American politics -- not just meaningless but dangerous. It's based on the experience of a single president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who took office at a time of national emergency when the instruments of government under Herbert Hoover and his laissez-faire Republican predecessors were wholly inadequate to the challenge, and who moved quickly to invent new ones.

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?..._of_a_100_days
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