Over the past 100 days, as Obama has made his first impressions on America as president, NPR's David Greene has spoken with Americans about those impressions. To document how this country is faring not only under a new administration, but also in this troubled economic climate, he traveled through 16 states, equipped with an audio recorder and a camera. Here are some of the people he encountered.
As the project wraps up on Obama's 100th day in office, Greene says that he is surprised, in a sense, by the general climate: That, yes, times are tough, but that people aren't complaining as he had anticipated. Social workers feel emboldened by the ever-increasing importance of their work. There's a sense of fear, but also a sense of unity catalyzed by urgency. Most importantly, there are faces to the statistics — happy, sad, scared and serious. A budding photographer, Greene has brought those faces to us. Learn more about the 100 Days project. Tell us your story in the comments section below, and be sure to join David Greene for a live Q&A.