Senator John F. Kerry, who gave Barack Obama his first big national stage and then a key endorsement, praised the new president's bold agenda in the first 100 days, comparing him to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
Kerry picked Obama to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004 when he accepted the presidential nomination and is now the news chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“These first hundred days will forever be compared favorably to Roosevelt and Reagan for the change in priorities an American president delivered. Gone is go-it-alone, cowboy diplomacy, replaced with a bold approach to engagement and a comprehensive approach to American security," Kerry said in a statement.
"Gone is the willful indifference towards health care, the economy, and global climate change, replaced with a major reordering of domestic priorities, laser-like focus on fixing the fundamentals of the economy and investing in jobs, respecting science, and restoring openness and transparency in government. These are big bold changes, not tinkering around the edges of the old way of doing things.”
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