Opaque Transparency — Obama’s Openness Doctrine

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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A promise made that the promise maker knows cannot be kept, or which the promise giver has no intent to keep, amounts to bull butter.  Our President knew or should have known; his staff knew or should have known; that the fools foolish folks voting for him were deceived by his promises not kept. The main scream media were not deceived, they were,  and still are complicent in the magnitude of his deception.  Now we learn he is the recipient of a “transparency award” bestowed on his unworthy persona by alleged guardians of transparency and openness as reported by Politico44 and their reporter/blogger Abby Phillip:

President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.

Then there’s the following which is so mixed with mung and bull butter (BB) one wants to tear down the muddied and opaque curtain to see what kind of fools would mix wishes with reality.  The only reality one might find in the following would be the reality of blind mice looking for the true cheese and finding Cheese Whiz© or some other ersatz cheese product.  We (meaning myself) can only wonder from what alien world these beings were “transported.”

This time, Obama met quietly in the Oval Office with Gary Bass of OMB Watch, Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive, Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org, without disclosing the meeting on his public schedule or letting photographers or print reporters into the room.

Here’s another partial pile of BB which seems to be unsurpassed in its purity:

…,” Bass told POLITICO. “He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us, it is baffling why he would not want that message to be more broadly heard by reporters and the public interest community and the public generally.”

The piece from Politico44 goes on to report that those granting the award indicated that it was not given in recognition of what Obama has done, but for what he could do.  So, I suppose it was not an award for transparency, but it was a recognition of possible transparency through the reality of an opaque muslin curtain.

You really should click your way to Ms. Phillip’s post, which will found by clicking right here.

While we are on the subject, we should make it clear all transparency advocates are not buying the stuff and fluff from those advocates quoted above.  Another group has thrashed Obama’s efforts for the most part.  In a blog article in  The Hill, (Hillicon Valley)by Gautham Nagesh, Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation is quoted as having said:

Sunlight Foundation executive director Ellen Miller called 2010 “tremendously disappointing” for open government advocates and said little has happened in 2011 to change her view that the Obama administration has failed to deliver on transparency.

“It seems like there’s been more promises made than reality delivered and we’re disappointed,” Miller told The Hill this week.

Ms. Miller, according to the article, goes on to say that Obama’s pronouncements pertaining to open government and transparency created hope that there would be changes which would not follow the Bush administration secrecy in government matters, but the promises by Obama have not met expectations:

Miller said the president’s open government directive had made the open government community hopeful after years of secrecy from the Bush administration, particularly because the government promised things like data audits of federal agencies and the publishing of high-value government data sets for public use that have yet to come to fruition.But Miller joined severalexperts in recent months in questioning the quality of the data sets published on federal transparency websites like Data.gov and the IT Dashboard, arguing the data on the sites is often inaccurate and not as useful as advertised.

Miller ends her statement in agreement with what we have said:

As a final example, she noted that President Obama was scheduled to receive an award for his commitment to transparency earlier this month from a group of transparency advocates to commemorate Sunshine Week.

Miller called the award a “notion foolishly conceived” and said Sunlight didn’t take part because Obama’s commitment alone wasn’t sufficient to merit an award.

The president was forced to re-schedule what Miller said was essentially a photo-op, evidence to her that transparency is no longer a top priority.

“We’re left twiddling our thumbs until the promise becomes reality.”

I would urge everyone to wear twiddle protectors and get ready for a long wait.  While you are waiting, I suggest you read the rest of Mr.Nagesh’s post by clicking here.

Now, we have to offer some videos, so you can understand a small part of what we were promised:

Now this:

Now, more than a little humorous and looking back at all the fun poked at our last President (Bush) AND in the spirit of even more fun, we offer:

Thanks to all the contributors of the YouTube videos.  You may see the contributors or originators of the videos through a right-click if they are not shown on the face of the video,  Here is a link from the St. Petersburg Times, PolitiFact.com regarding other promises made by our President:  The Truthometer/Obameter.

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