Obama: Have I mentioned this is the most transparent WH in history lately?

posted at 9:21 pm on February 14, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

C.J. Ciaramella:

President Obama once again claimed his administration is the “most transparent in history” Thursday, despite lengthy record of failed reform and increased secrecy.

Obama was answering questions during a Google hangout when a woman questioned him on his promises of greater government transparency, noting things “feels a lot less transparent.”

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama assured the woman. “I can document that this is the case.”

“Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the record,” Obama continued. “Just about every law that we pass and rule that we implement we put online for everyone to see.”

First of all, he will drone you quick as look at you if you say that again, okay?

Second, the questioner’s feeling is a lot more accurate than the president’s spin. Read all of C.J.’s story for the plethora of investigations that have found otherwise. Yes, White House visitor lists are an improvement in transparency, to which Obama clings whenever asked about this subject. But it’s a rather small one, and his advisers do quite a lot of work while purposely evading it. And, as for putting laws online, I’m not sure exactly what he’s talking about. If he means posting them after they’re passed, that’s just a reasonable expectation of modernity, and he hasn’t even cleared that low bar with the Unified Agenda of regulations, whose lawfully required release the administration has repeatedly missed and delayed. If he means putting bills online before they’re voted on, that’s a push the Tea Party and those in transparency advocacy have made, but which the president found notably annoying during the health care fight. If he means giving an online waiting time before he signs a non-emergency bill, that promise is just flat-out broken.

So, questioner, your feeling is valid.

When the administration has lost Dana Milbank (and many left-leaning transparency advocates) on this issue:

“In the beginning of 2010, [Obama] said he made a significant mistake by abandoning some of his pledges related to transparency,” said Josh Gerstein of Politico, “and that going forward they would do things differently. Seems to me we are forward and it seems to me we’re not doing things any differently.”

It was a more-in-sadness-than-in-anger critique of Obama often heard from the political left, and the moderator, the Sunlight Foundation’s Daniel Schuman, was apologetic. “We’re placing a lot of blame at the administration,” he observed. “Or blame isn’t the right word — maybe responsibility.”

No, blame is just fine. The Obama administration’s high level of opacity, though typical of modern presidencies, is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently. As recently as early last year, some open-government advocates were still hopeful, presenting Obama with an anti-secrecy award at the White House. But even then, there were signs of trouble: The award presentation wasn’t on his schedule and was closed to reporters.

By certain measures, “overall secrecy has actually increased rather than declined,” said Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “Criminalization of unauthorized disclosures of information to the press has risen sharply, becoming a preferred tactic. Efforts to promote public accountability in controversial aspects of counterterrorism policy such as targeted killing have been blocked by threadbare, hardly credible national security secrecy claims.”

A Washington Post report from this past summer concluded that “by some measures the government is keeping more secrets than before.” Those making Freedom of Information Act requests in 2011 were less likely than in 2010 to get material from 10 of 15 Cabinet agencies, which were more likely to exploit the law’s exemptions.

A couple more examples, without even getting into the expansive examples of stonewalling from the DOJ on Fast and Furious, or the administration on Benghazi.

Dem senator to CIA nominee: Should you give American citizens a chance to surrender before you kill them?

Obama’s inaugural committee on the receiving end of transparency complaints

Gee, whiz: Federal agencies lagging way behind on Obama’s transparency promises

No bigs: Head of EPA does a bunch of her work on alias e-mail account

Surprise: FOIA lawsuits up 28 percent over Bush years in Obama’s first term

Quotes of the Day: Transparency


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Transparent..??

I heard of an Ambassador that is unavailable for comment..

And no one knows why..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

So those 30,000 Fast and Furious documents, where are they?

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

“You can’t be serious”. – John McEnroe

SoulGlo on February 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Transparently criminal, perhaps.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I am a moderator of the Conservative Union, the conservative community on Google plus. The women who asked the question, Kira Davis, is a friend and fellow member.

Even she was less than enthused by the answer. It was an absurd response. Basically, his response was that he is transparent because he says he is.

I am glad she asked the question though….it shows the absurdity of the President’s position.

neoavatara on February 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I agree. I can see right through these crooks.

ThePrez on February 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

He is so transparent, even his suit can’t be seen!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

He is playing ‘peek-a-boo’…now you see me now you don’t…

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Fracking Fluid is more transparent then this Administration..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Just FYI, this is the questioner’s own website.

http://kiradavis.net/

neoavatara on February 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

OT (Sorry for the attempted hijack, MKH, but this is brilliant)

Pelosi on the dignity of getting paid:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.
“I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.

Uh….I’m not the brightest bulb on the tree, but, does that highlighted portion qualify as a sentence?

BobMbx on February 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

OMG….ROFLMAO

CoffeeLover on February 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

He is playing ‘peek-a-boo’…now you see me now you don’t…

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Casper??

But that might be somewhat racist..

So I retract my post…

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Yep, transparent all right. The King with no clothes comes to mind.

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

BobMbx

I was laughing at Scrumpy and Electrongod but I am now including Nancy Pelosi’s quote in my laughter~~~~

CoffeeLover on February 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Yep, transparent all right. The King with no clothes comes to mind.

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

No cloths??

I looked away..
I see nothing..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

When enough Americans have consumed the Soma, in this brave new world the Progressives want to foist on all of us, none of this will matter.

“Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.” ― Aldous Huxley

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Obama: Have I mentioned this is the most transparent WH in history lately?

that must be some good ooch that Mooch is growing in her garden!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM


“I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.

That sentence cannot be dignified as a sentence…

Pelousy is losing it…

She has early dementia…

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama assured the woman. “I can document that this is the case.”

But I can’t let you see that document.

The Rogue Tomato on February 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Come on, give him a break. He just drones those transparent, imaginary fellow citizens. How much more transparent can you get?

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Uh….I’m not the brightest bulb on the tree, but, does that highlighted portion qualify as a sentence?

BobMbx on February 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

She is getting lessons from Jesse Jackson.

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM

My Fracking Juice is however transparent…

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM

That young lady was Kira!

ButterflyDragon on February 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Quit rilin on him. Valerie Jarett and Susan Rice loves his transparency, I tell ya. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Serenity Now!

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

When the serenity of the mind and the purity of the heart work together, nothing can stand against their immediate success.
Dedicated to can_con :-)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Quit rilin fracking on him. Valerie Jarett and Susan Rice loves his transparency, I tell ya. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

FIFM!! ;-)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Now, now Scrumpy. I can already hear the ‘serious’ types grumbling. Just frackin stop it. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I have stopped in to HA off and on all day and this thread and the Frack one have been the best so far!

You need to get yer frack buzz on!! ;-P

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

But, according to General Jack D. Ripper, purity of essence is all that matters.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

It is the quantum theory of politics….they are here, there, everywhere, nowhere, and in between.

Limerick on February 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Need a Dry Fractini to figure out from which angle this admin is transparent. The POTUS can’t lie, can he? Or is that why his ears keep growing. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

When the serenity of the mind and the purity of the heart work together, nothing can stand against their immediate success.
Dedicated to can_con :-)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Thanks Scrumpy! Here’s one for you:

“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I like that!! Cheers! *clink* (frack cocktail)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

You all did see that NASA did make public that they drilled Barry the first hole of is Mars golf course, right? Nothing to hide.

Limerick on February 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Kira Davis was the questioner

michaelo on February 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Does he really believe his own bullsh!t or does he know he’s telling lies?

Mark1971 on February 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I like that!! Cheers! *clink* (frack cocktail)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Clink!

“ The river must be calm in order to reflect the full moon. ” Thich Nhat Hanh

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Never before in the history of the Republic there has been a President who did lie so brazenly as Obama does on a daily basis… It is simply beyond belief…

mnjg on February 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

You all did see that NASA did make public that they drilled Barry the first hole of is Mars golf course, right? Nothing to hide.

Limerick on February 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

thank god, now how quickly can we ship Barry off to play his first round there?

SWalker on February 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

The White House lies and the media swears to it, only Republicans lie don’t ya know.

lewis1940 on February 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

“When small men cast long shadows, you know the sun is setting”

Ancient Chinese proverb

Cleombrotus on February 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Obama is the biggest Liar in history.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM

“When small men cast long shadows, you know the sun is setting”

Ancient Chinese proverb

Cleombrotus on February 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

This one belongs over in the Bloomberg thread!

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Prepare for defeat:

I am what I am.

Popeye

BobMbx on February 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Popeye

BobMbx on February 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM

bows to Bob.

Shorter: I Am.

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I’m surprised that Obama isn’t androgynous and needs Michelle

J_Crater on February 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

The bigger the lie, if told with a straight face, the more it is believed.

But you’ve got to hand it to the Democrats-they’ve got people of opposite persuasions voting for them in large numbers. Consider:

1 Palm Beach Jews and Dearborn Arabs both vote Democratic.
2 Detroit ghetto blacks and white Iowa farmers both vote Democratic( farm subsidies).
3 Abortion-hating Catholics and abortion-loving feminists both vote Democratic.
4 Job protecting unions and job stealing illegal aliens both vote Democratic (the latter when they have the opportunity).
5 Job destroying government regulators and desperate job seeking young people both vote Democratic.
6 The party that either supported slavery (South) or ignored slavery (North)and the descendents of these slaves both vote Democratic.
7 Israeli-loving American Jews and Israeli-hating American Socialists both vote Democratic.

When you have all these disparate (if not desperate) people voting the same way, you’ve got to be speaking with forked tongues.

MaiDee on February 15, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Has anyone considered that even when the 0bamaGanda Media has the information THEY REFUSE TO REPORT IT. Even Fox News isn’t covering the 0bama Regime as it should be.

Here is just one prime example of how we are being led down the rabbit hole:

Exclusive National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Coverage: Call to Action with Chris Hedges

When Americans need to get the facts from Russian television you can bet that things are pretty bad here. What a shame it is that so many Americans still refuse to stop with their lethargy.

America ALWAYS gets the government it DESERVES.

DannoJyd on February 15, 2013 at 1:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_PSJsl0LQ

DaveDief on February 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

I see he’s hitting the hard news circuit again. GOOGLE HANGOUT?????
Gawd!

ksmoola1 on February 15, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Blogger Kira Davis, who has been featured on Hot Air, asked the question. Here’s the clip. http://kiradavis.net/watch-me-ask-the-president/

vcferlita on February 15, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I’d sure like to see the dictionary Obama uses. It certainly isn’t one of the well known ones.

sadatoni on February 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

In other words, Barry’s administration is “transparent” because Barry say’s it’s “transparent”.

GarandFan on February 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

KIRACUDA

Metro on February 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM