Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As Taegan Goddard said, you just can’t make this stuff up.  First, the White House announced that Barack Obama would receive an award for transparency to celebrate Sunshine Week, a way to highlight the need for openness in government.  McClatchy couldn’t figure out what the award was, or which organization exactly was presenting it, mainly because the White House didn’t put the information in its announcement.  McClatchy had to ask:

The White House, responding to a request for more information, said it’s an award from organizers of the Freedom of Information Day Conference and that five transparency advocates will present it: Gary Bass, Founder and Executive Director of OMB Watch; Tom Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive at the George Washington University; Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight; Lucy Dalglish, the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Patrice McDermott, Director of Open The Government.

But as Andrew Malcolm points out, the award ceremony had the unique condition that the press couldn’t ask questions afterward — just like everything else on the schedule for Obama on the day he was to receive his award for openness:

President Obama was scheduled to receive an award in the afternoon in the middle of Sunshine Week from a coalition of good government groups for his much-promised policy of government transparency. Strangely, this award for government openness was to include only photographers. So, no meddlesome media questions.

Worse, the transparency award was scheduled for a day when every other presidential activity was closed to the media and public. Not the best context and an obvious invitation to “wait-one-minute-stories” like this.

Andrew also sends readers to this AP report on the openness of President Obama’s administration:

People requested information 544,360 times last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act from the 35 largest agencies, up nearly 41,000 more than the previous year, according to an analysis by the Associated Press of new federal data. But the government responded to nearly 12,400 fewer requests. …

The Obama administration censored 194 pages of internal e-mails about its Open Government Directive that the AP requested more than one year ago.

The December 2009 directive requires every agency to take immediate, specific steps to open their operations up to the public. But the White House Office of Management and Budget blacked-out entire pages of some e-mails between federal employees discussing how to apply the new openness rules, and it blacked-out one e-mail discussing how to respond to AP’s request for information about the transparency directive.

By late yesterday, Taegan informed us, the award ceremony was canceled:

However, reporters were told the event was postponed “due to changes to the President’s schedule.”

And the very best part?

No other reason was given.

Transparency!

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BO may not be transparent, but we can see right through him.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

he’ll put ithe award right next to his nobel peace prize

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I’ll say it again, George Orwell is a busy man these days!

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

an award from organizers of the Freedom of Information Day Conference and that five transparency advocates will present it

these advocates’ standards must be pretty dang low….

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Transparency: To be lied to and lovin’ it.

Electrongod on March 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM

As Taegan Goddard said, you just can’t make this stuff up.

Yeah, I don’t really think that line’s a Taegan Goddard original.

DaydreamBeliever on March 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM

My hypocrisy meter done been pegged and wrapped the needle three times around the peg. All I can say is the GOP sure has plenty of campaign fodder for 2012.

JimK on March 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Transparent.

It means you can see right through it.

TimBuk3 on March 17, 2011 at 8:22 AM

As Obowma is as deep as a sliver of fiberglass and just as fragile, he really is transparent.

Obowma is the presidential equivalent of Ron Burgandy reading the teleprompter.

dthorny on March 17, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Government transparency should be known as that which is easily detected or seen through.

I cringe hearing all these linguistic lemmings with their lazy cliches and words-of-the year. Their arrogant ignorance of the power of language properly used is breathtaking — as is their fear of those who speak the truth plainly.

An exemplar is John Heinz Kerry — he of the slightly above average IQ (below W’s) who fancies himself to be the Cicero of our century, not the Foghorn Leghorn he really is.

horatio on March 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM

I don’t think it’s a case of “The emperor has no clothes”. With Obama, the clothes have no emperor.

Mojave Mark on March 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Say what? A “sunshine” award being given by, for, and to the fog of whores?

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Surely the award should have been given to Eric Holder or Nancy Pelosi instead.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM

JimK on March 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM

question is, will they use it?

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Award him first and then read what’s in there [] later…
LMAOROF.

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2011 at 8:32 AM

JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS: “What is going on over there right now? We have not heard the latest information from the NRC or the Japanese government and apparently there has been something that has happened in the last few hours.”

CARNEY, WH Press Secretary: “Well, it is clearly a crisis. There is clearly –”

TAPPER: “– what is specifically going on?”

CARNEY: “Again, I am standing here at the White House, I think you have reporters in Japan, you have reporters including ones here that could get the technical detailed information on what we know from the NRC, from the Department of Energy –”

“It’s up to the media, not the government?” Tapper asked in response to Carney dismissing his question.

“No, no I just referred to government agencies that can provide technical information…” Carney responded.

maverick muse on March 17, 2011 at 8:33 AM

transparent airheads

maverick muse on March 17, 2011 at 8:34 AM

With the help of a Heritage Foundation chart, Powerlineblog’s John Hinderaker points out the one promise that ObaMao delivered: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/03/028618.php

But we consumers and everyday people already knew that, didn’t we?

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 8:34 AM

OT: “When you look back at the track record of work that we’ve done over the last two years, I think it’s fair to say the promise we made to the American people has been kept, that we have delivered in change that we can believe in,” Obama said.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/150361-obama-in-campaign-mode-we-have-delivered-on-change-that-we-can-believe-in

yeah right

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 8:34 AM

This sunshine they speak of, is this the same stuff he blows up our asses?

pugwriter on March 17, 2011 at 8:36 AM

With transparency like this, who needs secrets?
/

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM

No other reason was given.

The reason is treason.

Yoop on March 17, 2011 at 8:39 AM

I thought Jay Carney’s response to Tapper’s questions yesterday regarding Japan were quite amateur. Carney basically responded to JT by saying, “you’ve got reporters in Japan, why don’t you ask them..”

I don’t think Jake was impressed.

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 8:40 AM

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 8:40 AM

i thought gibbsy was bad…this dude won’t last 6 months…

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 8:41 AM

BS award to a BS precedent from a BS bunch of progressive phonies.
No one that is paying attention would call this criminal enterprise that is the Obama Administration transparent.

darwin-t on March 17, 2011 at 8:44 AM

five transparency advocates

Despite the obvious issues our economy faces, it’s still an amazing economy. Such an amazing economy there’s room in it for an incredible array of employment opportunities for so much dead weight.

A Transparency Advocate. Does that come with a pension at age 50?

MNHawk on March 17, 2011 at 8:45 AM

With all the departments, bureaucracies and czars this a$$hat has at his disposal, you’d think he’d have room for a Get A Freaking Clue czar somewhere in there. I guess in an administration packed with toadies and yes-men, nobody wants the job.

SKYFOX on March 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 8:41 AM

I miss ol’ bobby…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Speaking of Sunshine Week, didn’t Allen West have some thoughts on that?

Just askin’ ;-)

MNHawk on March 17, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I’ll say it again, George Orwell is a busy man these days!

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Their intellectual curiosity does not extend beyond The Communist Manifesto and Rules for Radicals.

They haven’t read Orwell, but we have. And the newspeak sure does ring a bell.

Naturally Curly on March 17, 2011 at 8:47 AM

BO may not be transparent, but we can see right through him.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Isn’t that the truth.

Aronne on March 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig to all me HA pals!

IrishEi on March 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig to all me HA pals!

IrishEi on March 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

and a Happy St Paddy’s day to you

darwin-t on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

And Mussolini was beloved by the Italians — right up to the moment they hanged him.

rbj on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

It’s a giant middle finger with Orwell perched on top of it. These days that’s almost all I see…

shibumiglass on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The only transparency I want to see from Captain Assclown and his Moron Minions here is when he gets his booty voted out of office in 2012 and he disappears once and for all!

That is the only transparency I will ever accept here!

pilamaye on March 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

However, reporters were told the event was postponed “due to changes to the President’s schedule.”

Beer testing time down at the WH brewery.

Key West Reader on March 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

He was good for a laugh wasn’t he OC?

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM

But it’s okay because the press thinks he’s brilliant when he “outwits” them like that. So smooth. Can we take the press off the list of “elites”?

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Right back atcha irishei
:)

cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

The Obama administration censored 194 pages of internal e-mails about its Open Government Directive that the AP requested more than one year ago.

Hysterical! Problem is I don’t know whether to laugh or cry hysterically.

katablog.com on March 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Beer testing time down at the WH brewery.

Nah. Barry was busy consulting on which basketball teams he should pick so they can lose. Unfortunately he picked KU.

katablog.com on March 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

obaka…

ladyingray on March 17, 2011 at 9:46 AM

First, the White House announced that Barack Obama would receive an award for transparency to celebrate Sunshine Week, a way to highlight the need for openness in government.

Obama wants Solar Power!

From Gorbachev’s “glasnost” to Obama’s Glass-Not.

But the White House Office of Management and Budget blacked-out entire pages of some e-mails between federal employees discussing how to apply the new openness rules, and it blacked-out one e-mail discussing how to respond to AP’s request for information about the transparency directive.

We won’t tell you how we don’t respond to questions about responding to questions.

Is Dick Cheney working for the Obama Administration now?

Steve Z on March 17, 2011 at 9:56 AM

darwin-t on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM
cmsinaz on March 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

T’anks! ‘ere’s a site wha yer can translate al’ yisser posts ter Oirish if yer loike…in ‘onor av yer paddy who drove de snakes from Oirlan’. (Wish yer man wus still raun ter drive de snake from de white gaff!)

http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/main.asp

IrishEi on March 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Sure, just like every ‘achievement’ Obama had, he earned it.
/

Sir Napsalot on March 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

The shadow president and shadow Presidency.

Transparent!

Thanks 52% and Presstitutes you will pay for this, unfortunately so will the rest of us.

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Somewhere, George Orwell is laughing his ass off.

GarandFan on March 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM

No way does this dips..t run for Precedent again, the American people can’t be that stoopid, can they?

Don’t answer that!

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I can see NO-vember 6, 2012 from my house…

Khun Joe on March 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Transparency?

Sure…the Emperor has no clothes!

Transparent enough for ya?

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

The transparency award is pale in comparison to the Idiocy Award.

If Hillary is fed up with his handling of Libya, and foreing policy in general, and his own assho*le says this, then there is no hope for this dope.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

However, reporters were told the event was postponed “due to changes to the President’s schedule.”

Translation:
“It rained this morning, so Skippy’s tee time got pushed back on top of this time slot.”

VelvetElvis on March 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

“Scare Force One” – Flight Manifest…

Logic on March 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM

And yet, a good portion of Americans believe he’s the greatest president ever. In spite of all this information to the contrary. *sigh*

capejasmine on March 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig to all me HA pals!

IrishEi on March 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

And to you, sir, from the southern heart of Irish celebrations, Savannah, Ga., the 2nd (or 3rd) largest celebration in the world!

odat on March 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

http://www.app.com/article/20110317/NJNEWS/110317060/State-monitor-orders-Asbury-s-Barack-Obama-School-closed

Too good to pass up. Can we close his pResidency too?

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Award him first and then read what’s in there [] later…
LMAOROF.

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2011 at 8:32 AM

You have to award it to find out what’s in it.

James on March 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Fearless Leader have lots of award. Fearless Leader still ineffective wart.

{^_^}

herself on March 18, 2011 at 2:54 AM