Psshh, President Obama is like an “open book,” scoffs Carney

posted at 5:41 pm on July 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

When I first saw this headline, I immediately assumed that White House press secretary Jay Carney was being sarcastic and having a laugh at his boss’s expense. I should have known better.

White House press secretary Jay Carney is asked about President Obama’s record on transparency and if he would release his college transcripts at some point. Carney dismisses this request as a “Donald Trump question” and refers the reporter to the campaign for an answer. …

“I think the president’s record of unprecedented levels of transparency in the White House is well established,” Carney said at today’s briefing. “His record as a candidate, both when he ran for the Senate, when he ran for the president in 2008 and now as a candidate for reelection, in terms of transparency, is a sold one and reflects a long tradition being an open book, as I think he described it when he was asked this question not long ago. That’s part of the process.”

Now hold up just a dang minute, Mr. Carney. President Obama, both as a candidate and as the leader of The Most Transparent Administration Evah, has been a far cry from what any reasonable person would call an “open book” — but way to try and dismiss the question by bringing in the almost universally agreed upon blustering bombast of Donald Trump.

Nevermind that the mainstream media gave candidate Obama a stupendously negligent vetting prior to the 2008 election. The real issue is that transparency, to President Obama, is just another in a long line of broken campaign promises. Funnily enough, I’m going to go ahead and let CNN handle this one.

He promised to publish the White House visitors’ log so the public could see who was coming and going all the time. But his administration later came under fire for holding meetings with lobbyists across the street at a townhouse with no visitor records.

Foreman continued by stating that the president “appointed a transparency czar and a year later dropped him, saying the White House attorney can handle that work.”

Foreman then turned his attention to a June fundraiser at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker. At that event, “the Secret Service parked a dump truck in front of our camera to keep Obama hidden from view.”

Those incidents, the veteran CNN journalist observed, have prompted [liberal] publications ranging from the New York Times to the Mother Jones magazine “to sharply criticize the president for being far from the champion of transparency he claims to be.”

And what’s more, as a candidate this time around, President Obama’s demand to have absolute privacy at certain fundraisers, re: by requiring attendees to surrender their cell phones, is unacceptable when he’s simultaneously trying to paint Romney as “the most secretive candidate since Richard Nixon.” In my opinion, unless you’re in your family’s personal rooms or hunkered down in a dire moment of significance to national security, sorry buddy, but you are not entitled to privacy. You’re the president of the United States, a.k.a. public servant number one. Deal with it.


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Nothing like a President taking the Fifth on a gun running program to give the idea that he is transparent.

pat on July 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

So, what have I missed that he can proudly run on?

Why, he’s “The Man Who Shot Osama Bin Laden”!

Dim the lights, cue the song.

hawkeye54 on July 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

So, what have I missed that he can proudly run on?

jb34461 on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Reset button with Russia, reneging on missile deal with Poland, screwing Honduras, Israel, and now the Brits (over the Falklands)…

Buy Danish on July 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

So, what have I missed that he can proudly run on?

jb34461 on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

He can run on numbers, the numbers which have gone up , up and up in to the sky, under his rule.
Numbers like :
Unemployment
Gas prices
Food prices
Enemies of America
Debt and deficit
People on food stamps
Blacks on White violence
Killings in Chicago
Illegals on voter rolls
Home foreclosures
College tuitions
…… nowatI’msayin ?

burrata on July 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

If we had a real MSM we would know who BHO’s dealer was when he was in college.

docflash on July 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I’d like to know who is current dealer is .

burrata on July 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

First thing President Romney should do is have the DEA do a sweep with dogs.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Sorry, a litte off topic here but I have been thinking more about it in the last 20min or so since Buy Danish made the comment and I do think that Luis Fortuno, Gov of Puerto Rico, could be Romney’s VP. That would be such a head fake to everyone and also be a coup IMO. They really got along great when he went there and Beth Myers has likely been vetting him while all the focus has been on the others. This pick also would leave Rubio, Ryan, Portman, etc in the places they are needed most…voting on bills conservatives need passed.

Okay, back to regular scheduled transparency issues.

g2825m on July 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

How long do you think until this carney guy goes?

Fleuries on July 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Psshh, President Obama is like an “open book,” scoffs Carney

..as the OBOZO apologists make ever more extreme, absurd, ridiculous, unbelievable statements about TheONE, even the dumbest clods in America will be able to compare that hot, steamy pile of BS with the very different REALITY. That should work against OBOZO, and it is therefore a good thing.

TeaPartyNation on July 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Yup, open book.

AshleyTKing on July 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

He’s an open book that reads:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Rip Ford on July 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM

For once I’d agree . . .

But we all know it’s a work of fiction.

EdmundBurke247 on July 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Jay Carney has actually come to irritate me more than Robert Gibbs and I didn’t think that was possible. He’s like the evil preppy kid in Pretty in Pink.

Clearly, CNN has lost its mind and decided to just this once, since they had a substitute anchor anyway, do something edgy and critisize Obama. Way to push the envelope CNN./sarc

magicbeans on July 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Obama is so stupid it’s painful…trusting the Dem media to keep his tracks covered for a full four years — long enough to get re-elected before beginning the feeding frenzy of attacks on him after his second term begins.

They won’t make it. Already the cracks appear as they try to keep a straight face about their propaganda campaign in 2008.

Jaibones on July 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

An open book quite possibly written by the Father of Lies.

Who himself is a composite author.

CorporatePiggy on July 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Carney: “…in terms of transparency, is a sold one and reflects a long tradition being an open book…”

The real question is whose “open book” is it? It’s certainly not Obama’s book that we’re reading.

RJL on July 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Or is it …

Nah. :) Just kidding. It’s blank.

Axe on July 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Had me scared for a moment there.

The old invisible ink trick.

Unfortunately I’ve found out the pages are missing.

Really blank inside.

ajacksonian on July 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I almost expect Carney to have a handle on the side of his head like a toilet. Only this particular model works in reverse. Flush and out it comes.

gordo on July 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM

malignant fantasists.

mittens on July 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

What open book is Obama like? The Necronomicon which drives its viewers insane upon reading the passages?

BKennedy on July 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Post the bills on C-Span to view before passing? not so much.

Cut the deficit in half? nope.

Not include republican senators to vote or attend meetings for 2 years. No.

Eric Holder fast and furious documents given to Issa. No mas.

Relationship to Ayers revealed. Nah.

School funding for college. Hidden.

…….

dthorny on July 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM

open book

Prairie Fire?

ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I’m looking forward to Sheriff Joe Arpaio opening the book on (and hopefully throwing the book at) Obama this coming Tuesday at 2:30 pm MST time (5:30 pm EDT).

ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Mein Kampf …….??????????……;-/

angrymike

at least Hitler was honest and ‘transparent’ about his objectives in Mein Kampf… especially in the early german versions.

how pathetic is that- our president-no where near as honest as adolf hitler. what sad commentary on the state of our nation and the characters of our elected representatives.

the obama years: “Four … Years (of ) Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice”

mittens on July 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Strangely enough, it makes complete sense to me why the Secret Service would have easy access to a dump truck. There have to be at least a half dozen in the motor pool, on stand-by for routine clean-up.

dissent555 on July 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM

“Strangely enough, it makes complete sense to me why the Secret Service would have easy access to a dump truck.”

I think they knew Barry was going to be spreading the BS wide and deep, so they wanted something to pile it in.

stormridercx4 on July 13, 2012 at 2:02 AM

An open book? Well, maybe the Necronomicon or the Voynich Manuscript.

njcommuter on July 13, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Maybe he meant like an “open checkbook.”

Kenosha Kid on July 13, 2012 at 3:17 AM

I guess Obama must think that if people are laughing at Carney’s absurdity, they aren’t laughing at him. He hasn’t made the connection that Carney is an extension of himself.

swinia sutki on July 13, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Hmmm, something about pants on fire.

faol on July 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM

An open book maybe, but the pages are written in invisible ink.

zoyclem on July 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Psshh, President Obama is like an “open book,” scoffs Carney

Which book?
“The Communist Manifesto”?
“Rules for Radicals”?
“Keynesian Economics for Dummies”?

Dexter_Alarius on July 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The only way Obama would stand on his record is if he gets off someone may actually read it.

logicman_1998 on July 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

But, but, Romney’s a felon…

WordsMatter on July 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Maybe…
or, maybe not….
or, somethin’….

Look! A squirrel….!!….

Solaratov on July 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hey as long as he isn’t using the Secret Service agents , what with their
” connections ” in Colombia ;-)

burrata on July 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Hey, the Secret Service is for ‘connecting’ with hookers.
They don’ know nothin’ ’bout no hookahs.

That’s handled through the DoJ liason….but you have to trade guns for dope.

Solaratov on July 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

“I think the president’s record of unprecedented levels of transparency in the White House is well established,” Carney said

Probably the funniest thing tha opie has ever said.

Tim_CA on July 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

From The Obama Timeline:

“Some may be reminded of a scene from the movie, A Guide to the Married Man, in which comedian Joey Bishop portrays a man caught in bed with another woman. While his wife angrily denounces him, Bishop keeps repeating, ‘What woman?’ as the other woman quietly grabs her clothes and leaves the motel room. Like Bishop, Carney keeps insisting ‘Obama is transparent’ when the evidence that he is not is right in front of everyone.”

Colony14 on July 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I agree with Jay Carney, Obama is like an open book, the last page where it says The End.

savage24 on July 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Mr. Carnage to public: “Youse is stupid!”

Olo_Burrows on July 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

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