On the 100th day of President Obama's term, media outlets around the nation recklessly criticized his administration and policies without taking into consideration the time it it may take to repair an 8-year-old deficit. But now that the second hundred days in approaching, nobody seems to take notice or take the time to critique.
"It's the second hundred days?" a senior administration official retorted. He went on to say "the incline on the treadmill is not as steep," the official said, but added, "it's still moving very fast."
Since his election, Obama hit the track running and hasn't stopped for a breather since. Reviving the auto industry, a speech to promote peace in the middle east, health care reform, a trip to the coast of Africa where slaves were once sipped to the New world and the list continues.
While 65 percent of Americans feel the president bit off more than he can chew, he and his administration have made significant strides particularly in the second 100 days. Health care reform appears to be in next in line for the green light after the blindsiding success of the "cash for clunkers" program.
So 200 days in office really means what?
"There's a certain rhythm and level of familiarity," Ernest said. "We understand how things work ... and we're settling more into a groove."
But a senior administration official said it was also a chance to "make sure that everyone was on the same page."
In the 100 days to come, advisors expect Obama to continue his intricate approach to foreign and domestic policies. A senior official said Afghanistan will be the center point of attention and "we'll be watching how things stabilize in Iraq."
Only time will tell the legacy the president President Obama will leave behind, but 200 days in could he be trailblazing his way into a second term? Or is it too soon to tell?