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Voters' Views: Sumit Galhotra

As Barack Obama completes 100 days in office, we ask Republican and Democratic voters from across the US to reflect on his performance.

Sumit Galhotra Graduate student | Democrat

After eight years, I finally feel a sense of trust in my own government

Sumit Galhotra
Age: 25
Lives: New York
Occupation: Graduate student
Last election voted:
In 10 words or less: Activist, worldly, liberal, cosmopolitan

"With the completion of Obama's first 100 days in office, I am left with the impression that the president needs a cape to accompany his suits.

He faces several herculean tasks in his presidency ranging from improving our tarnished image in the world to dealing with several international crises. In this short period of time, he has certainly demonstrated his solid statesmanship.

Within just the first few days of taking office, he took steps to re-engage with the Muslim world: mainly through his interview with al-Arabiya and his trip to Turkey.

He has followed up on his promise to close down Guantanamo, which was a major blot on America's image. In the days ahead, I sincerely hope the president will take the necessary steps to hold accountable those responsible for committing torture.

Additionally, he has worked with Nato allies to get more troops on the ground in Afghanistan, a war that was neglected appropriate attention under the previous administration.

But several major challenges lie ahead at both home and abroad: from the ongoing economic downturn to several international crises: the humanitarian catastrophes in Darfur and the Congo, the growing control of the Taliban in Pakistan among many others.

Much needed change has already begun, and I am looking forward to what lies ahead for the US and the greater international community over the course of the next four years of this presidency."

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