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WASHINGTON (CNN) - If the White House was downplaying President Obama's first 100 days, it's downright ignoring the second hundred.
"It's the second hundred days?" quipped a senior administration official when told about the approaching date.
On reflection, the official was only too willing to take us behind the scenes as he settled back into his desk chair.
Two hundred days in, "the incline on the treadmill is not as steep," the official said, but added, "it's still moving very fast."
Obama has not slowed since coming into office. Restructuring the auto industry, a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt, and his big push to get health care reform are just a few of the president's ambitious efforts since the last "Hallmark holiday."
Health care reform has proved to be especially difficult, because the White House isn't just battling Republicans but also fiscally conservative Democrats who are concerned about how to pay for it.
And then there are critics who say Obama should have gotten more involved earlier in the nitty-gritty, instead of relying on Congress to condense several plans into something he could support.