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Americans at ballparks react to Obama's first 100 days

From Angel Stadium in southern California to Fenway Park in Boston, fans laud and lampoon the president's early initiatives.

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PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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The Monitor sent reporters to baseball stadiums to ask people to take part in another national pastime – assessing a sitting president. Here are their critiques of Barack Obama's first months in office.

Fenway Park / Boston

RANDY LOOK,

“He’s optimistic. He’s got charisma. He appears willing to say when he screws up. [He’s thoughtful], and would have moved faster if Republicans hadn’t been blocking the stimulus package. We are going to have alternative energy and a solid education plan. I think he has about a 75 percent chance of having about 75 percent of things happen.”

DAVID LITTLEFIELD,

“I think he’s doing great, given all the things that are going on – war, economy, the state of affairs left behind for him to deal with. I hope that he will make the country a more equitable system. Everyone should be able to make as much money as they want to but should [also] bring people up with them and not use people to get there. There hasn’t been a rising tide for all boats for a few years now.

He may have had some youthful faux pas, but the country needs to see a White House with a swing set in the back and a young family concerned about them.”

SHARON WALSH, :

He’s running our great-grandchildren into the ground with his tax policies.
I’ve worked since I was 14, and I don’t want someone telling me I should share my wealth.

I’m waiting to see what he does in Iraq. We have to do a pullout strategically or our kids will have died for nothing.”

Angel stadium / Anaheim, Calif.

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