Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Two weeks ago, we noted The Strange Case of the Disappearing Transparency Award.  Remember?  This was the award that a collection of pro-transparency groups wanted to give Barack Obama, in an event scheduled on a day with nothing but closed-press events on the presidential schedule.  For the award presentation itself, Obama would only allow pictures with a pool photographer, but no questions from reporters.  The irony reached epic levels when the White House abruptly canceled the transparency award ceremony and refused to say why.

Don’t think it could get any worse?  Wrong:

President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

The presenters were a bit surprised to see no media present for the award handoff:

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.”

Actually, Gary, we’re all wondering just a little why you and your fellow “transparency activists” allowed the award ceremony to be conducted in secret.  It doesn’t help Obama’s credibility, and it certainly isn’t doing wonders for yours, either.

If you missed it last night, be sure to read Allahpundit’s take on it, too.  It was just too good to miss getting this into the OOTD canon.

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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.”

Just feel blessed that you got to breathe the same air as The One.

Electrongod on April 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM

we’re all wondering just a little why you and your fellow “transparency activists” allowed the award ceremony to be conducted in secret at all.

That’s how I’d write it. Obama promised to have an open administration, but it has been anything but that. These “transparency activists” ought to have their heads examined.

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Maybe barack knows that we peons are getting tired of listening to his blithering drivel. Either that or his teleprompter was sick. Either way, we won.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM

You see, this ‘transparency award’ is just another form of BS like the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s some liberal anointing another liberal for their rhetoric while completely ignoring their results. A complete disengagement from the truth, a transparency award rewards Obama for nothing more than promising transparency.

Time for a Friday morning throwback ’80′s song…Friday morning’s OOTD wouldn’t be the same without it…

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Obama is transparent. It really depends on what your definition of “is” is.

eforhan on April 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Maybe it’s all that secret stuff concerning special handshakes and oaths and wearing those tinfoil hats with the funny robes and pledging allegiance to Cthulu or whatever else it is they do to remain transparent that was why they held this thing behind closed doors.

That or they thought Obama would mispronounce Cthulu again.

pilamaye on April 1, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Obama’s transparency award is as meaningful, and as well deserved, as his Nobel Peace Prize.

AZCoyote on April 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM

In a related news release, the Bronx Snake has been found—in a non-public area of the zoo’s reptile house!

In the end, the Bronx Zoo said that after a seven-day search, they found him alive and well in a non-public area of the zoo’s reptile house and that he will be placed under observation and evaluated.

See, the “snake” was there all along. It just wasn’t transparent.

Rovin on April 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM

The Persistently Transparent Obama

in the beginning

Consistent Deceit.

“The Libyan Rebels appear to be credible, lawyers and doctors.”

God Bless Mark Steyn for blasting that one for the sheeple to see the value of Obama’s “words, just words” being worse than Nada, being SABOTAGE!

Col. Hassan was and is a US Army doctor. The Nazis and Imperial Japanese utilized doctors to perform the most heinous crimes against humanity. The Islamic terrorists attempting to drive a bomb into a London airport recently were doctors. The list of evil doctors is competitive with the list of corrupt attorneys of law who abuse the public trust, their oaths, and the US Constitution for corrupt profits and self-special vested interests.

Appear to be credible” means no more than Romney’s personal motto: “Avoid the appearance of all evil.” Facade.

maverick muse on April 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Next up; Bill Maher awarded for his service to women in the US.

Timothy Geithner awarded for his daring economical skill by Intuit, the makers of TurboTax. Interestingly, Geithner will be flown to the awards ceremony in a plane owned by Claire McCaskill./

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Just another WTF moment to put in the family scrapbook.

Fuquay Steve on April 1, 2011 at 8:35 AM

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,

Soooo, they either promised you a pool photog and print reporter or you mistakenly presumed that those parties would be present. He promised us transparency and we mistakenly presumed that we’d see some of that. So, welcome to the club, schlubs.

At least we’re seeing some consistency here, so please, tell us what this award was for again?

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 8:37 AM

If this were a society in which the average person wasn’t someone only capable of sitting by the mailbox, waiting for their next check, these people wouldn’t be taken seriously, in any professional endevor they participated in, ever again.

But…sigh…

MNHawk on April 1, 2011 at 8:39 AM

ted c

Life’s the Same
Moving In Stereo

maverick muse on April 1, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Can’t we just focus on what’s really important – like a royal wedding and how the Obamas not invited (it is said they give lousy gifts – especially to the British).

Fuquay Steve on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM

There’s a reason for the silence. On the day of the original ceremony, I found out that all the presenters have direct or indirect funding from a fella named George.

kingsjester on April 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM

maverick muse on April 1, 2011 at 8:39 AM

great tune by the cars. ++

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM

The problem is that everything is so transparent no one can see it.

tinkerthinker on April 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM

It is so positively Orwellian. The Ministry of Transparency.

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 8:48 AM

You see, this ‘transparency award’ is just another form of BS like the Nobel Peace Prize.

ted c on April 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM

You can just imagine Obama saying, “Hey, Thanks! Put it in the carboard box along with all my other awesome awards.”

Okay, maybe the “Thanks!” part is a little too hard to believe.

Fallon on April 1, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Obama’s transparent alright. I can see right through the guy.

teacherman on April 1, 2011 at 8:52 AM

“He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us,

There’s a first time for everything.

O-bama-pacity.

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Can’t we just focus on what’s really important – like a royal wedding and how the Obamas not invited (it is said they give lousy gifts – especially to the British).

Fuquay Steve on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM

God needs to save the Queen from Michelle’s arms.

Steve Z on April 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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.

Seriously? Is this a joke? April fools prank? I read the names of these people and the groups they represent, and I’m thinking….April fools. C’mon now. These dolts represent groups with names like Freedom of the Press, Open Government, and Project on Government Oversight, and I’m speechless.

These people are already the complete and polar opposites of what they say they’re about. Good God this is absurd!!!

A tad off topic, but it does fit with our “transparent” president. It seems more money went to foreign banks than American banks. Yup…we bailed the worlds banks out as well, and it seems it took more of OUR money to do it. Even Libya’s bank got a bail out. So are we there protecting our investment???

capejasmine on April 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM

You gotta love it.
He’s just screwing with us, now…
Ten Plus points for style.

Haiku Guy on April 1, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Aw, Barry’s ass kissers didn’t get any camera time.

GarandFan on April 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I’m surprised the “Most Transparent President evah” didn’t get his transparency award at the local Starbucks, so that the presenters didn’t have to sign the White House visitor’s log.

GrannyDee on April 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Actually, Gary, we’re all wondering just a little why you and your fellow “transparency activists” allowed the award ceremony to be conducted in secret.

I doubt that they had any say about it. Word is that the President was too busy to squeeze in a public event (which I hope is true), but Gary & Gang are going to give him an award anyway, and by golly he’s going to accept it!

From the Politico Article:

I don’t feel moved today to say ‘thank you, Mr. President,’” said Steve Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. But he said he understands the award to be “aspirational,” in recognition of Obama’s potential to do more on the transparency front.”

Yep. It’s the Nobel all over again.

ss396 on April 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

itsnotaboutme on April 1, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It is an open government open to all his cronies. Being closed to the rest of of us doesn’t count since we are just the serfs to fund their lavish life styles.

chemman on April 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Nixonian – why is this woman still holding that job?

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

I’m surprised it wasn’t done at a local coffee house so they could avoid FOIA requests on the award.

malclave on April 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM