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Obama calls first 100 days tense but fruitful

Associated Press

ARNOLD, Mo. ” Marking his symbolic 100th day in office, President Barack Obama told Midwesterners: “I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made but I’m not satisfied.”

“I’m confident with the future but I’m not content with the present,” the president added at a town-hall style event in a St. Louis suburb.

Later, Obama was heading back to the capital to press that same message to the rest of the country during a prime time news conference.

Even as it downplayed the significance of the milestone, White House staged the two high-profile events to promote Obama’s accomplishments in his first months in office while pressing for his big-ticket agenda.

“We’ve begun to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off” and “we’re working to remake America,” Obama said.

Still, the president added: “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

He countered critics who said he’s taking on too much, as he works to turn around the recession while revamping energy, education and health care in the United States.

“The changes we made are the changes we promised,” Obama said. “We’re doing what we said we’d do.”

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