During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to run the most transparent White House in history – disclosing donations, shunning lobbyists and broadcasting his health care agenda on C-SPAN. Reiterating this promise, transition captain and former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta said the Obama White House would be “the most open and transparent administration in history.”
Except…that is, when the Obama administration is not open and transparent – especially when having meetings about openness and transparency. The Los Angeles Times sums it up:
In fact, today’s Biden schedule highlight is a meeting with the chief of transparency for economic recovery. But, unfortunately, the transparency meeting is non-transparent, closed to the press. (See his full schedule below.) Which makes it — what? — secret openness? Open secrecy?
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. The next stop on our Obama Transparency Tour will be the closed door meeting with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and a handful of statist Democrats who are secretly thrashing out the details on how they will hijack one-sixth of the economy.
It seems to me if the Obama/Reid/Pelosi health care plan was so wondrous and great they’d be patting themselves on the back and shouting from the rooftops what a glorious gift they have bequeathed to the American people. Instead, we find them secretly huddled together in a conniving conclave about as open and transparent as Kleagle Robert Byrd’s Ku Klux Klan meetings.