May 19, 2013
Is This a Fight They Really Want?
4/16/2012 8:07:31 PM - Carol Platt Liebau
So the Obama administration is trying to make "transparency" an issue they can use against Mitt Romney
Are we talking about the same president who has refused to release White House visitor logs
Is it the
same administration of which the transparency group the Sunlight Foundation said
, "We should remember that Presidential rhetoric and bureaucratic commitments are not the same thing as results" (actually, a pretty decent reminder for the whole of the Obama "record"; and
The same group accused -- by the Justice Department official who guided the federal governments policy on FOIA for more than 25 years --
of distorting its record on processing FOIA requests?
Are these the people with a record so bad that they have come under fire from friends -- with a writer at Firedoglake reporting that the
"[Obama] administration is increasingly regarded as the worst on issues related to freedom of information and transparency"
Politico devoting a whole piece to "President Obama's muddy transparency record"?
And that's just the official stuff. Don't even think about the
President's lack of personal transparency -- from the redacted academic records to Illinois bar records
(note, however, that he
did publish an unsigned piece
as a second year member of the Harvard Law Review)
WIth such glaring official and personal failings on the transparency issue, is this really the best issue for the Obamaites to be raising against Mitt Romney?