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