Carney: “The President’s Record on Transparency is Extremely Sound.”
And he said it with a straight face:
Let’s start with the college transcripts and his comparison to the birth certificate.
Do you recognize this:
That’s Rick Perry’s college transcript, which The Huffington Post published on August 5, 2011.
Rick Perry’s College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs And Ds
In 2000, the Washington Post leaked Al Gore’s.
In 2004, John Kerry released his.
So why won’t Obama? What is he hiding?
And don’t go reading any birtherism into this. I’m not one who believes he was born in Kenya, but I am one who knows he doesn’t hesitate to let people think he was if it benefits him. So, is there a Elizabeth Warren level of deception regarding his college transcripts? Did he tell Columbia or Occidental he was a foreign student so he could receive different benefits?
Or are his transcripts just embarrassing because he spent too much time hanging out with structural feminists and Marxist professors?
Either way, his refusal to release them destroys the idea the man is transparent. He isn’t.
But let’s leave the transcripts alone. Let’s pretend it’s not an issue.
We’d still have this:
It’s hardly the image of transparency the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public.
The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama’s uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever.
One year into its promise of greater government transparency, the Obama administration is more often citing exceptions to the nation’s open records law to withhold federal records even as the number of requests for information declines, according to a review by The Associated Press of agency audits about the Freedom of Information Act.
Among the most frequently cited reasons for keeping records secret: one that Obama specifically told agencies to stop using so frequently. The Freedom of Information Act exception, known as the “deliberative process” exemption, lets the government withhold records that describe its decision-making behind the scenes.
One year later, Obama’s requests for transparency have apparently gone unheeded. In fact a provision in the Freedom of Information Act law that allows the government to hide records that detail its internal decision-making has been invoked by Obama agencies more often in the past year than during the final year of President George W. Bush.
Judicial Watch is the most active requestor of records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the country. And since this administration stonewalls us on even the most basic requests about what the government is up to, we’re the most active FOIA litigator as well.
And after nearly 18 years of battling government secrecy through three presidential administrations, we are in a unique position to assess the relative transparency policies of each of them.
The Obama administration is less transparent than was the George W. Bush administration, which was supposedly the pinnacle of government secrecy.
Is my point made yet?
If not, please remember this was the administration that wanted to make it ok to lie to the people about data so it wouldn’t be released via a Freedom of Information Request:
One of the most disappointing attributes of the Obama administration has been its proclivity for secrecy. The president who committed himself to “an unprecedented level of openness in government” has followed the example of his predecessor by invoking the “state secrets” privilege to derail litigation about government misdeeds in the war on terror. He has refused to release the administration’s secret interpretation of the Patriot Act, which two senators have described as alarming. He has blocked the dissemination of photographs documenting the abuse of prisoners by U.S. service members. And now his Justice Department has proposed to allow government agencies to lie about the existence of documents being sought under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.
His transparency is so bad, even Jon Stewart mocks it:
This administration’s record on transparency isn’t extremely sound. It’s extremely poor.
They’re even trying to hide that fact.