President Barack Obama has a lengthy to-do list in the final weeks of his presidency and every intention to get it all done.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the president is so focused, he may not have noticed crossing the 100-day mark.
“I think the President is approaching the final 100 days the way that (he) approached the previous seven-and-a-half years or so, which is seeking to make the most of every remaining opportunity,” Earnest said.
Reportedly, one item at the top of President Obama’s agenda is getting the Senate to hold a confirmation hearing and a vote on his Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The Republican-led Senate has declined to act on the high court’s vacancy, hoping that a Republican will win the presidential election.
The president is also expected to continue commuting the prison sentences of certain nonviolent drug offenders. There could also be movement on criminal justice reform, which has bipartisan support.
Looking overseas, President Obama is working on several complex challenges: moving toward peace in Syria, helping Iraq retake Mosul from ISIS, and responding to Russian hacking.
There’s also unfinished business: closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, an unfulfilled promise that the president wants to keep.
While President Obama has a near record high public approval, he reportedly has “few obvious opportunities to expend” his political capital, according to Earnest. That’s because the Republican-controlled Congress continues to have little interest in supporting the president’s agenda—even on an issue like the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, on which they share the president’s position.