Super-accountable president receives “transparency” award — at event closed to press

posted at 9:41 pm on March 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

What better way to celebrate (a) DHS being forced to explain why it stalled on FOIA requests, (b) the White House telling Congress to get bent on the War Powers Act, and (c) a media cycle dominated by Encyclopedia Trump and the case of the missing birth certificate than with an award for transparency and accountability — presented secretly?

Coming next week: A beach cookout in honor of fiscal responsibility, featuring a bonfire of thousand-dollar bills.

The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.

This time, Obama met quietly in the Oval Office with Gary Bass of OMB Watch, Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive, Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org, without disclosing the meeting on his public schedule or letting photographers or print reporters into the room.

“Our understanding going into the meeting was that it would have a pool photographer and a print reporter, and it turned out to be a private meeting,” Bass told POLITICO. “He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us, it is baffling why he would not want that message to be more broadly heard by reporters and the public interest community and the public generally.”

One attendee at the presentation told Politico after the event that the award, much like The One’s Nobel, was “aspirational,” nudging him to stay on the path towards greater transparency. Then a bunch of guys from Biden’s staff grabbed him and shoved him into a storage room with instructions not to come out until they said so. No no, I kid. Or do I?

Here’s a fun clip from the day after his inauguration in 2009. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” he says, presumably before lighting a copy of the War Powers Act on fire and laughing.


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Transparency: now you see it, now you don’t.

ajacksonian on March 31, 2011 at 9:42 PM

It’s like The Onion.

Only it’s for reals.

aquaviva on March 31, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I can see clearly…….or not…

sandee on March 31, 2011 at 9:46 PM

True Transparency

CTSherman on March 31, 2011 at 9:46 PM

One attendee at the presentation told Politico after the event that the award, much like The One’s Nobel, was “aspirational,” nudging him to stay on the path towards greater transparency

Well you should have gone into the detail here as was presented in the earlier story because there were some goldmine quotes. Like “We’ve never seen the President so eloquent and commanding in his speech. It’s a shame no one else heard it.”

Marcus on March 31, 2011 at 9:48 PM

It’s been upside-down world since this lying, hyper-hypocritical twit took office. This guy has blown so far past Orwell’s imagination, that the term ‘owellian’ has now completely lost it’s meaning.

AUINSC on March 31, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Whoops, it was in the middle there:
“He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us, it is baffling why he would not want that message to be more broadly heard

Marcus on March 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM

It’s been upside-down world since this lying, hyper-hypocritical twit took office. This guy has blown so far past Orwell’s imagination, that the term ‘owellian’ has now completely lost it’s meaning.

AUINSC on March 31, 2011 at 9:48 PM

You’re right from now on we shall call it Obamian

sandee on March 31, 2011 at 9:50 PM

I’m waiting for the resident Obamatrons to rush in and condemn us for being too damned hard on their beloved young President for not practicing what he preaches.

Good Lt on March 31, 2011 at 9:50 PM

“To breathe the same air as him, it’s perfect”

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 9:50 PM

OK. Now I have to blow groceries just saying that.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM

If the press is too afraid or enamored to make an issue of this, then they deserve the treatment they’re getting. Cowardice has its consequences, MSM. Enjoy irrelevance.

Slublog on March 31, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency

Definition of TOUCHSTONE
1
: a black siliceous stone related to flint and formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak left on the stone when rubbed by the metal
2
: a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touchstone

Frankly, I’m not seeing anything resembling quality, nor genuineness of transparency, nor the rule of law in this administration…but that’s just me.

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 9:52 PM

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was an SNL skit

cmsinaz on March 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM

The expiration date now occurs before the statement. It’s wonderful. Unexpected. Unprecedented. Never before. And on the QT, too.

Caststeel on March 31, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Like Cal Norton Jr…..Now you see me now you don’t!

Rndguy on March 31, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Transparency and the rule of law were merely campaign catchphrases that sounded great in front of foam columns, but aren’t worthy of any follow through once occupying the jobs that they wanted.

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Either this is more lefty bullcookies, or it says bad thing about previous democrap administrations.

Slowburn on March 31, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Did I just see the event was open to the Cesse Pool — must have been a typo

wheels on March 31, 2011 at 9:59 PM

How fitting for the guy who started a war within 2 years of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

MadisonConservative on March 31, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I think I know what happened here…

Upon hearing that Obowma was getting the “Transparency Award”…

… his handlers were laughing so hard they couldn’t leave the room, so Obowma was left to accept the award by himself.

Hence, closed door ceremony inside the ‘cone of silence’…

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 10:00 PM

It’s like Moochelle lecturing us on healthy eating or something.

It’s like Barry Soetoro yanking school vouchers in D.C. while sending Tootie and Rudy to an exclusive private school.

It’s like Barry lecturing on civility.

SouthernGent on March 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Transparent …. sorta like his qualifications for the office.

BD57 on March 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Just one joke after another isn’t it?

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Obama’s transparency can be seen a mile away….in the dark. Oh wait. His transparency is creating the dark.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Encyclopedia Trump and the case of the missing birth certificate

Heh!

Kensington on March 31, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Slick …

This stuff just writes itself these days …

BD57 on March 31, 2011 at 10:06 PM

You know the FUNNY part? They don’t even see the hypocrisy!

GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

The only thing transparent with Obama is the locked door at the White House.

Electrongod on March 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

You know the FUNNY part? They don’t even see the hypocrisy!
GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

That’s because it’s transparent.

Why do I have to explain everything around here?

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I am mortified and shocked!!

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I think I see Ashton Kutcher in here lurking around waiting to tell us all that we’ve been Punk’d.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

You know the FUNNY part? They don’t even see the hypocrisy!
GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM
That’s because it’s transparent.

Why do I have to explain everything around here?

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Bishop:Are you sure,I`m thinking translucent sumpin!:)

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM

The Audacious Audacity of translucent transparency!

Wait,I think,i just murdered that sentence,
Ugh!

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Brooke Alvarez wouldn’t stand for this. Heck, she’d kick his ass up and down Pennsylvania Avenue and look damn good doing it.

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM

The Illusionist: the audacity of deceit meets an audience of unprecedented gullibility.

NickDeringer on March 31, 2011 at 10:24 PM

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I’ve had just about enough of your lip. Zip it.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 10:44 PM

This is waaaaay past embarrsing,.

katy the mean old lady on March 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM
I’ve had just about enough of your lip. Zip it.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Huh?

katy the mean old lady on March 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM

The O administration is so transparent that I am aware of every breath it takes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs

And I have been trying to watch what is going on for so long that the breath that it exudes must be fogging up my vision.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM

One attendee at the presentation told Politico after the event that the award, much like The One’s Nobel, was “aspirational,” nudging him to stay on the path towards greater transparency

I would have spelled “aspirational” with two s’s since the press has its collective nose fairly far up the butt of Mr. Opaque.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Hello, Transparency? Yeah. This is Irony. I wonder if you could stop by for a cup of “You can’t make this stuff up” over at my place by the Sea of Dew, with Winkum, Blinkum and Nod.

You just can’t make this Shtuff up.

Tennman on March 31, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Transparency: now you see it, now you don’t.

ajacksonian on March 31, 2011 at 9:42 PM

wow. thread winner in the first post. heh.

dissent555 on April 1, 2011 at 12:35 AM

It’s like Moochelle lecturing us on healthy eating or something.

It’s like Barry Soetoro yanking school vouchers in D.C. while sending Tootie and Rudy to an exclusive private school.

It’s like Barry lecturing on civility.

SouthernGent on March 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Very nicely put. In fact, I’d give you an award for Best Comment of the Day, but it can only be awarded before you earn it.

It’s the New Obama Standard. You understand.

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 1, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I knew they just should have let him sweep the Oscars, win about 70 of ‘em, and be done with awards for awhile.

Adjoran on April 1, 2011 at 1:05 AM

A beach cookout in honor of fiscal responsibility, featuring a bonfire of thousand-dollar bills.

Actually, wouldn’t that be a display of actual monetary restraint, rolling back QE2 (reducing money supply) and what-not?

novakyu on April 1, 2011 at 1:24 AM

Obviously these people just wanted to touch obama’s stone.

tinkerthinker on April 1, 2011 at 8:30 AM

I bet Obama sounds like Sideshow Bob when he laughs.

stevezilla on April 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Pretty much have had a crawful of absurdity.

perries on April 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Oh Boy! just what we needed another video of Obama giving a speech. Can’t get enough. (Retching in the background)

Herb on April 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I hope the prez has room on the mantle for this latest prize. And I expect he’ll be receiving a pile of faux awards leading up to 2012 to boost his creds and self-esteem; kind of like the losing soccer team handing out participant trophies.

AltTuning on April 1, 2011 at 12:52 PM