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April 14th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama keeping his word on transparency?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Transparency." What was once a great rallying cry for President Obama seems to have fallen by the wayside... in the tradition of so many campaign promises.

Pres. Obama answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC.
Pres. Obama answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC.

The latest example comes from the Nuclear Security Summit taking place in Washington this week. Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post that world leaders arriving in the U.S. Capital may have felt more like they were transported to Soviet-era Moscow... with Pres. Obama "putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press."

Milbank details how foreign reporters were shut out of press availabilities after only minutes. One journalist reporting for an Arabic-language TV station said they were only present for Mr. Obama's meeting with Jordan's king for about 30 seconds... not long enough to notice the tie colors of the two leaders.

Also - Multiple events on the president's official schedule yesterday were "closed press"... leading reporters who have covered the White house for decades to say these were the most restricted meetings they'd ever seen.

Where's the transparency we were promised? This disregard for the media is becoming somewhat of a theme for President Obama... from closed events like the recent meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu... to the president's signing of an executive order on abortion. No media coverage allowed for any of this stuff.

Not to mention another broken campaign promise of televising the health care debates live on C-Span.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to transparency, is Pres. Obama keeping his word?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jack in Virginia writes:
Wake up, Jack! Obama never cared what the media think. They are useful idiots when the spin is positive (like during the campaign) and annoying pests who deserve to be ignored when times are not so good (like now). You and your media pals have been had.

Matt in Santa Barbara, California writes:
A certain amount of closed-door activity is necessary in diplomacy and in reaching consensus. This allows leaders to search for the best answers without being hounded by "news" agencies looking for a sound bite that will later be used against the speaker, usually out of context.

James in Hanahan, South Carolina writes:
He certainly is more transparent than past presidents. They will never be transparent enough to suit the press and that is not necessarily a bad thing. By the way, you are dead right that you are very good a whining.

Carlene writes:
When candidates run for office, I don't think they are exactly "privy" to all the inside info that the president has access to. Could it be that once a candidate actually gets into office they find that things are a little different than they thought, therefore not everything should be leaked to the press and the general public? Transparency is a wonderful thing, but not at the expense of national security.

Don writes:
I would say the president is not keeping his word. And I supported his campaign and voted for him. I am very disappointed. He said he would open things up, and I see his administration being just as closed and secretive as past administrations. I voted for change and I got the same old thing.

June writes:
I love it! The media, who have been fawning over the president since he announced he was running, are now feeling shut out. Boo hoo. Is your leg tingling, Jack?


Filed under: Obama Administration
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    It is almost like looking through muddy water. No way is it transparent, I was expecting more but it is just another disappointment with Obama's administration.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  2. Mike in Brooklyn

    It is very transparent Jack but not as much as people expected. There are good reasons to, however. The Republicans are so committed to this administration failing. And that conduct by the Republicans is the crystal clear image of who the Republicans are as an entity. And as Americans who are so lost in their own convictions, they violate the law (see Iran-Contra), create propaganda like The Contract "taken out" on America) see Newt Gingrich, and assume so much power than what the founding fathers envisioned; as to have created a "Shadow Government" (see Dick Cheney). Being any more transparent would be like a soldier taking off his bullet-proof vest!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  3. Greg in PA

    Jack I would use the words vague, untruthful, deceiving, misleading or plain smoke in mirrors but not transparent!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  4. Joanne

    PBS Frontline last night investigated all the sneaky backroom deals, etc. directed by Obama and Emmanuel. No, this ADM will go down as the worst in history from several different aspects – from the American people. American People will speak this November.
    Joanne
    Mn

    April 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  5. Jane (Minnesota)

    No, but compared to the previous Administration, it's far better than it was.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  6. Joe R - Houston, TX

    Aren't all the negotiations in congress on the internet? Isn't C-span broadcasting all the hearings? Aren't the citizens being given a week to review the printed versions of proposed legislation? Aren't all the bills restricted to single, if not associated topics? Earmarks are a thing of the past administrations, aren't they? Cabinet posts are no longer filled with ex lobbyists or people with vested interests... right? Cabinet posts are being filled with people who don't consider themselves above the law... right? How could I expect more?

    April 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  7. Ken in Mt

    I had hoped for better but on the other hand after the blacked out totallity of the Bush years is is a step in the right direction.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  8. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    The Obama administration is as transparent as mud, which is not the change we were led to believe in. Nevertheless, we can all see through the mud. I just hope that the recent shakeup in Massachusetts and the fact that he wasted a year ignoring everyone who told him he had to stop trying to make nice-nice to the Republicans made him finally realize that the only way to deal with them is to ram whatever he wants down their throats. Hopefully this lost year hasn’t set him back so far that anything he tries will be too late for this November. He has to understand that being warm and fuzzy doesn’t work with lizard-brain Republicans. Put something warm and fuzzy next to a reptile and warm and fuzzy gets eaten.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  9. honestjohn in Vermont

    No, not really. Seems like the "same 'ol same 'ol" to me. He did run on and promise transparency but I just don't see it.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  10. cheryl

    Yes, he is an transparent as he can get. I wished that people would leave this man alone and let him work. He is d... if he tries to make change and he is d...if he doesn't make changes fast enough. Hmm, wonder why? Could it be because he's AFAM and the so-called "conservatives" and "tea partiers" still have "old, bigotted ways" embedded in them and now they are becoming more transparent?

    April 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Steve, Clifton, VA

    I would never expect any administration to be 100 percent Transparent
    on all issues but in answer to your question my response is yes the Obama administration is as transparent as expected because I expected them to be significantly more transparent than his predecessor's administration.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  12. george charles paree

    No his idea of tranparency is more lies .Obama the worst thing to happen to america in years chuck paree anderson in

    April 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  13. Mark, from Las Vegas

    You're joking right? Chicago politics at its best; closed backroom deals like this Health Care bill. Obama is a joke as well as his administration. And I thought GWB was clueless!
    Mark

    April 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  14. Joe

    Jack,

    I believe President Obama is keeping his word as much as anyone can in a polarizing political environment where one word is taken out of context and sensationalized. Just look at the votes in the Senate and the House and more importantly the rhetoric. YOU can remember the phrases of Armageddon, etc. that are used! How can the President be completely open with the current political environment.

    Joe, Vestal, NY

    April 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  15. Eugene Northern Cal

    The answer is hell no. I'm still waiting for the health care reform debates on C- SPAN. There's nothing transparent about this Administration either Jack.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  16. Steve

    Are you kidding me? How could he have any more thoroughly broken his campaign promises for transparency? Any displays of transparency that he makes are clearly only for show, and only for minor, irrelevent issues. For anything significant, such as health care debates being televised live on C-Span, he has blatantly violated his promises.

    Steve
    Tunnel Hill, GA

    April 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    Transparency is relative, Jack. Our government working to protect the lives of regular people, and not just those on Wall Street, is key for me. Important, too, is how we are perceived in the world, based entirely on our common decency. The back room deals necessary to facilitate these goals aren’t as important as their ultimate success.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  18. JENNA

    When it comes to transparency, is Pres. Obama keeping his word?

    Jack, why do you keep asking this same question over and over again? Not getting the answer you want?

    I think that Obama is doing an excellent job with transparency – much much better than GW Bush ever gave this nation.

    If you need questions to ask, email me and I'll help you out.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  19. Mark

    Obama hasn't done anything he campaigned on so what does this one thing matter?

    April 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  20. Simon/Orlando

    You've got to be joking. The health care bill was filled with back room deals that no one knew about until somebody dug into them. Like exempting the unions from the "Cadillac taxes" on their health care plans or the "Louisiana Purchase". He promised to put everything on C-Span and didn't. This could be the most secretive white house in history.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  21. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Jack, you are telling us he is not. And if you get right down to it, the ONLY way the common people have of knowing if this administration is 'transparent' is by the media telling us it is not.

    So, what is your suggestion as to how to increase the media access?

    And, I have heard criticisms of this administration, that the president has too many news conferences.

    Is this transparency issue like other issues with this administration, that no matter WHAT the president does it will not be correct to som segment of the media or the political constituency or the world? I just can't see how the President can please everyone, and if I were he, I would just quit trying and do it MY way.

    Maybe that is what he is doing!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  22. Brian Smith PhD

    The only thing transparent about the Obama administration is follow-through on promises made. It can’t be seen anywhere.

    Brian Smith PhD
    San Diego CA

    April 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  23. Brandon from MO

    Does this surprise anyone? Did the mainstream media check this guy out before he was elected as President? No. Why should he comply with his proclaimation that he will be the most transparent president ever? Nobody will call him on it, so what motivation does he have to change?

    April 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  24. Gary H. Boyd

    President Obama's view of transparency seems a bit fast and loose to say the least. A bit of a stretch depending upon the subject involved. The behind the scenes deals with the Senators from Nebraska and Louisianna were certainly not transparent. The midnight votes were not and the list goes on. To answer your question about transparency, my response is a resounding "Hell No".

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  25. kent, nj

    No, obama is a bald faced liar and a corporotist. He has gotten more money from banks than any other president in history and it shows. He can no longer be trusted to help main street. His word is as wortless as the trillions of dollars the federal reserve continues to print and loan to banks at 0% interest.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  26. Joan Gilbert-Croteau

    Jack,

    I believe the President is doing a good job of letting people know what is going on: He is known to have by- partismship meetings regarding important issue. Some of those meetings have been televised, which indicates transparency. Also, the White House keeps the public up to date via the internet, on whats going on, plus they offer more information if someone is looking for more specifics about programs, etc.

    I don't ever recall President Bush calling democrates to the White House to discuss issues, so the public could view any such meetings, especially when it came to the unfunded War of Iraq.

    Joann from Skowhegan, Me.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  27. Thom Richer

    "Transparency," as it pertains to government and politics, leaves no room for opaqueness of any degree. Candour, honesty, straightforwardness, openness, definitions leave no room for deviation from definition. Although I believe President Obama's pledge of transparency in his house was a sincere and determined objective of his presidency, he has not met the true definition of the word. However, not because of lying or lack of trying to keep his word. Our failing government and its methods of governing no longer affords anyone in high office the luxury of being honest in their dealing with political matters. Obama, I believe, is doing his best to keep his promise better than most before him or those holding office with him.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  28. Matt

    A certain amount of closed-door activity is necessary in diplomacy and in reaching consensus- this allows leaders to search for the best answers without being hounded by "news" agencies looking for a soundbite that will later be used against the speaker, usually out of context. Greater fiscal transparency on the other hand- that's what we really need.

    Matt,
    Santa Barbara CA

    April 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  29. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Free press is what keeps our democracy healthy!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  30. Cousin Vinny Connecticut

    Of course not, Jack! Almost everything he's done has been done in secret without the press. He conned 53% of the voters in 2008 with his "hope and change" and THAT Jack, is now totally transparent!!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  31. John A. David

    President OBAMA is doing the right thing. The whole world is in a "State of emergency." So the Presidency does not need whoolabalo the press people. The press only appreciate writing the negative against any presidency all over world. Thanks.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  32. Richard McKinney, Texas

    You mean you don't think Mr. Opaque Obama is being quite as upfront and transparent as he promised. What a surprise. Actually jack this is just one of many things he is hiding from the American people. Just like the over 300 American solider deaths in Afghanistan we have heard almost nothing about since he entered office. You see Jack you can't be disliked if no one knows what you are doing. Where is the public outcry over these peoples lives that are lost? Oh that’s right we didn't hear about them because he has the Media on ice..

    April 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  33. Francap

    Yes!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  34. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    President Obama is a control freak. He is showing the media and the American voting public that he is going to have things his way. I'm sure the media will remember all of these broken promises during his run for a second term. I know I will.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  35. Jack in Virginia

    Wake up, Jack! Obama never cared what the media thinks – they are useful idiots when the spin is positive (like during the campaign) and annoying pests who deserve to be ignored when times are not so good (like now). You and you media pals have been had.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  36. matthew

    Obama is as transparent as a brick wall with a large red X painted on it. This guys gives new meaing to the word "Dictator:.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  37. Michael, Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I think Obama is not true to his promise--but of course Jack,who is when you are campaigning for the Presidency-–and especially when you get elected. Remember, promises on the campaign trail are just that--promises--when you elected they go away. Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where did Obama go wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'”

    April 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  38. Neil (Surprise, Arizona)

    Jack, Obama's current ideology of transparency will clearly show colors of a different nature come election time if he does not get his act together.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  39. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    Whats the problem here??

    "You knew darn well he was was a politican before you voted for him"

    Reminds me of an old snake parable

    Now how did that go ???????

    April 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  40. Alex

    Jack, excellent joke! You made my day.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  41. jimmy in greenvillek, NC

    Yeah, you can see right through them! Can't even see them under an electron microscope. They have more backroom deals than Bush.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  42. Moe Dallas TX

    More importantly, has our President quit smoking ? Bet they are Newport's..

    April 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  43. Gertie, USA

    Yes Jack. If he were any more transparent, he would be the invisible
    man.

    Gert

    April 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  44. Stef

    I trust President Obama, his administration transparency is enough for me. We have a hard working President. What a breathe of fresh air in the white house, mixed with some color. Shaking things up and the good old boys can't stand it., The Republicans are a bunch of undercover crooks.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  45. MparkMark

    CNN, you are about 1 year late in beginning to notice that transparency in this administration is missing.
    It's one thing to lack transparency, it's another to lack it after promising it.
    Keeping promises use to be an important part of Character and Honor.

    The definition of transparency has been change to:
    I will show you what I want to show you

    April 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  46. Joanne from Medina

    The media is always picking on Presdient Obama, a lot it is just nit-picking and negative, and often its nearly impossible for him to get good discussions going on worthy subjects. During health care reform, for instance, the tea baggers and what they had to say seemed more significat to the media than the merits of health care reform.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  47. Mellie M

    It depends who you ask. Devotees will say "yes, Obama is keeping his word." Opponents will say "no, he has broken promises." Reality is somewhere in between, where it always is.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  48. Scott Stodden

    For the most part I would say he is keeping his word, just because he has a few meetings that are closed to the press or he may sign a bill behind closed doors doesn't mean Jack that he isn't keeping his word, I mean what about all the closed door meetings President Bush and Cheney had see nobody ever wants to talk about all the illegal stuff that was happening between the years of 2000-2008, why is that!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  49. Paul New Port Richey Fl

    Have you been asleep for the last 15 months Jack?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  50. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Transparency is about ethics, Jack, and Obama was a bit naive in promising it – however I don't think this is why people voted for him or why he blew out McCain. It is certainly not about disregarding the need to safeguard classified information just to satisfy your curiosity, Jack.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  51. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    No politician, however much we may like him or her, is ever going to give us transparency as we the little people think of it. In the total vacum of the constant campaign mentality, no transparency can be allowed to exist. That would mean one would have to perform such gut wrenching practices such as telling the truth, ratting out those who are corrupt, doing what is right for the people regardless of political endangerment. Transparency is a myth that we will never see in this or any other life time.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  52. Ann from Charleston, SC

    I do not think Obama is as transparent as I expected he would be from his campaign promises. However, I think I am glad he isn't. Transparencey would only provide more material for Boehmer and McConnel to turn upside down, twist, spin and skew, then spit out totally distorted and misrepresented.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  53. Tom in Abilene,Texas

    No, the President is not keeping his word on transparency. Even more disturbing is his (so far) unwillingness to undo the draconian Bush/Cheney policies concerning increased powers of the Executive Branch .Maybe it is true that "absolute power corrupts absolutely".

    April 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  54. Gigi Oregon

    In today's world how on earth could you have transparency. Nothing could ever be done. Before it hit the peoples ears the opposing party would be chewing it to pieces and licking their chops like wolfs cleaning up breakfast after a mornings hunt. I'm afraid a some what honest person who gets elected and then come the day the keys are turned over to him, the parting presidents says surprise...your not allowed to be transparent...the American people would fall apart and by the way I just borrowed trillions of dollars from China. I don't give a rip if he's transparent or not. Get the big mess you inherited cleaned up Mr. President. Didn't the Democrats just do this about sixteen years ago..

    April 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  55. Docb

    Comparatively speaking -yes..but he can not control the congressional bent toward back room deals!

    If we talk of the secrecy of the 2 bush admins- clinton and of course reagan..Think Obama is revealing all that he can –without the help of congress!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  56. steve- virginia beach

    Obama was as transparent as a brick wall throughout his campaign spewing only vague and uncommitting rhetoric and predictably, nothing has changed. The only surprise here is that he's dissing the media who supported the mysterious stranger cloaked behind his veil of secrecy and who alibied his past and his agenda.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  57. Lisa Smith Plano TX

    Jack,
    Obama, his Administration, Dems, GOP & the US Government as a whole are clueless. How can one keep their word when it comes to transparency when they have no clue of what the meaning of the word is. It just goes to show you that Washington will not change for the better no matter who is in office. A politician will always be a politician regardless of the how the politician is PACKAGED; able to make empty promises as a candidate but unable to fulfill/keep their promises when he becomes POTUS just like the 43 before him. What a surprise we think not.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  58. Mark from Naperville, IL

    Jack,

    I am not a fan of the Obama administration. However, on transparency Mr. Obama has kept his word.

    The definition of the word transparency: To be able to see through.

    I can easily see right through his agenda.

    The citizens of this country are going to be buried by expanding government and unsustainable entitlements.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  59. joe

    The short answer is no bur there is more to it. He has improved a little within the executive branch which is the oly area he controls. The campagin promise was naieve and to some extend not do-able. UIt was also ill considered. Puting comitte or subcomitte hearings on TV is a sure way to impede progress and lead to politiocal posturing rather than negotation.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  60. Madelyn Green

    Oh, come on. When they put the healthcare debates on cspan, the repubs did more posturing than real issue debating.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  61. michaeljwjr

    First of all, how many people even know what channel cspan is on? Secondly, there is a difference between transparency and reality TV! There is enough reality tv to sort through we don't need to know every single detail of the president's life.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  62. Jeremy D

    Why did you ask such an obvious question today Jack?

    No.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  63. grady in Texas

    Transparently, no.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  64. Arthur

    More transparent than any administration in the last 2 decades.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  65. Alex in Gig Harbor

    I agree that more could be done by this administration to improve transparency. However, the many bilateral meetings the president had with other world leaders is not the time. More gets done with only the two leaders in the room. Press conferences can come later

    April 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  66. Kurt Olsen

    You fault the Obama Administration for not being transparent on the issues of nuclear security? – They were undoubtedly discussing the specifics of the security systems. And inviting reporters in would have guaranteed the bad guys learn things we don't want them to learn. The editor should have their head examined for even thinking this was a transparency issue. Use your brain please.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  67. Angela Savage Austin

    Are you kidding me. I am 55 years old and I never seen so much transparency in my life. Take for example the access you now have to do your news reports.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  68. Addie

    Yes and No. He has tried to keep transparency in most issues, but of course hasn't succeeded with the recent international summit & C-SPAN. Give him credit for trying! How many presidents have been so open in the past?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  69. Olu

    Hey jack, you’ve got to understand the sensitivity of some issues; and the press should understand that everyone read; even the terrorists and sometimes the press gives them clue on some issues that they’re ignorant of…think!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  70. Annette

    Jack:

    Some things require transparency. I would not want to negotiate anything with the press around me. Can you say "Confidentiality" that the other ambassador of another country may want. I think that you just want to be critical as all people. Jack, maybe Palin or McCain would have given us a lot of transparency.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  71. Michael Long Island, NY

    I think President Obama is trying to keep his promise but every move he makes he gets criticized before people even hear the details. I think some information can be transparent but not all. Some goverment information is confidential. If the republicans have all the right ansawers then why didnt anything get done when Bush was in office?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  72. Darren - Detroit

    Sure seems a whole lot more transparent than when the Bush administration was lying us into invading Iraq.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  73. Carlene

    When candidates run for office, I don't think they are exactly "privy" to all the inside info that the president has access to. Could it be that once a candidate actually gets into office they find that things are a little different than they thought, therefore not everything should be leaked to the press and the general public? Transparency is a wonderful thing, but not at the expense of national security.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  74. William

    The president is keeping his word - he has been a lot more forthcoming than previous presidents- Just because he doesn't allow the press into every instance of presidency doesn't discount what hes done thus far. This president is one who admits he doesn't know it all and shows us that he values the opinion of the American people. Good Job Mr. President keep it up.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  75. James in anaheim california

    Obama is as about as transparant as a celophane bag. i'm so disgusted with what he has done in regards to show any sort of transparancy. he pre-selects those who ask questions, he didnt show any of the health care debate(hwt debate really). He campaigned on that very fact and to break his promise is something that you cannot just say sorry to

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  76. Steve Canada

    Transparency has to be judged in a relative sense..The comment about "what if something happened to him" by Jack talking about him "ducking" the press, I have to ask what that big deal is?..Did he duck the secret service or just the press?...Do you guys follow him to the washroom..Good Lord, what petty whining...

    April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  77. jarvis

    Its simply a HELL NO! For me, promises are made to be broken, and it has became a trend to these presidents.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  78. Don Ingalls

    I would say he is not keeping his word. And I supported his campaign and voted for him. I am very disappointed. He said would open things up and see his administration being just as closed and secretive as past administrations. I voted for change and I got the same old thing.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  79. Mary

    No.... He actually is intent on not being transparent!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  80. Joe W.

    This is just more proof that Mr Obama is taking America to a Socialist government. Freedom of the press is a constitutional righ; but then he does not care about our constitution, does he?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  81. Tom

    Absolutely NOT. Obama either had no intentions on following his word of transparency or he's not confident in himself when opening up hot topics for all to see him in action. Can't wait for 2012!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  82. Mary Henry

    Really? I am so thrilled with an intelligent president who is actually trying to accomplish some substative things. Must we have have 24 hour coverage of every move he makes? NO.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  83. matt

    Uh did it ever occur that the press can't get in on everything. I maen really maybe the president didn't want his visit with the Isreali Prime Minister to turn into a photo op and wanted to actual do his job. So stop complaining about him not letting you in on every little or big thing.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  84. Rob W.

    Its about time media stays out of certain political situations,cause if they don't know anything about it then they can't twist it in their favor.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  85. Roland Courtemanche

    You can't see the transparency because it's, well, transparent.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  86. Dorothy McFadden

    This Presidency has been the most opaque that I can recall. In addition to all the points that you have mentioned, I can only recall a few instances where Obama took questions from the press corps. and then only limited to one or two with no follow-up. For this reason I have dubbed him the "Lecturer in Chief" as he only speaks to and not with the press.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  87. Karl from SF, CA

    He’s being as transparent as security concerns let him. This was an international summit of the major world leader discussing delicate matters, not a press conference. When was the last time an event like this happened? And while we are at it, how can you have a debate on anything when the Party of NO just says no and leaves the discussion? There is nothing to debate after that, just Boehner and the boys flapping their jaws in the wind and saying nothing constructive. NO isn’t a constructive reply to anything.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  88. Jeepster

    Please forgive the simplicity of my answer.....

    "Duh"

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  89. steve- virginia beach

    No. Perhaps someone who believes otherwise can tell me where I can find video rebroadcasts of Obama's meetings with his most frequent visitors- representatives of the SEIU labor union. Or his discussions with the Congresional leadership. And perhaps tell us which website he's posting legislation on for 5 days before signing it. And tell us about the backgrounds and activities of his czars. And...

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  90. Sally M.

    He said he was going to have transparancy in his Administration he didn't say he was going to open up every single thing the White House is doing at every move. You must admit he is much more transparent then any other past administration. What do you want to see everything the man has for dinner? Get off his back for once.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  91. michael armstrong sr.

    It depends if you can count secret meetings behind closed doors on health care or running the media out with the nuke meeting no Jack thats not transparent .

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  92. elizabeth Kjeldgaard

    What do you expect from a liberal/socialistic politician? If the media were allowed in to the talks then the American public would know what's going on and that definately is not what this guy wants. Just look at the health care plan....it's none of our business until it is passed. If he gets reelected we get exactly what we ask for. Wake up America and smell the bacon.....the kitchen is on fire!!

    Liz

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  93. Kobe

    We don't need to know everything the Pres. is doing! When it comes to Nukes, I don't mind that the press does not broadcast all of the details. Seriously?

    As to his daughters soccer game? Come on, leave the poor guy alone with his family.

    I think you and Wolf need a vacation! RELAX.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  94. Bill Cooper

    No, he is not. It is obvious, if you understand history and the moves that have taken place in other countries; the American People – those who are to be governed by the Constitution of the United States-
    are slowly, but surely, losing their freedoms. If you don't see or understand it now, you will in the near future.

    Washington is probably turning in his grave.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  95. Michael Kindle

    We don't need to know what Pres. Obama is doing out of the media's eyes. How else will he get done what we need to have done if someone's always looking over his shoulder asking him dumb questions? We elected him President to look out for our best interest. Trust him and he will take care of us.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  96. Erik

    Jack, absolutely not. I think the problem with Americans not understanding what was in the health care reform bill was due to that one broken promise of not airing the debates on C-Span. Why is our government being operated behind closed doors? This is a democracy right?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  97. Jon

    Hi Jack,

    In response to your question, There is no transparency in this administration. Obama has not lived up to his campaign promises. Even during his campaign he and Hilary shang hai'd the journalist while he and Hillary attended the Bilderberg Conference in Virginia. To this day they will not explain why this happened and where he was for the three days he was missing. Something is wrong, very wrong with politics these day's. Our elected politicians for the most part are only serving themselves and their interests. This administration bends to wall street and wall street only. Our opinions do not matter, as we don't have billions of dollars in influence. This type of thing will just keep happening and unfortunatley, when people wake up it will already be too late. Thanks for being a voice of the "little guy" Jack.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  98. Toumi Mondésir, Quebec, Canada

    Obama is as transparent as a president should be. The problem is we live in dangerous times, and the press is irresponsible. They don't care whose life they jeopardize by their desire to know everything.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  99. Zolicon

    Yes He is Keeping His Word.
    With Respect to His going to a see His Daughter Play Soccer,And Not taking the Press along.There is Nothing Wrong with That.
    He is intitled to Private Time with His Family.As are the Rest of Us.
    How would you like to have a Camera up your butt 24/7/365?.
    Zolicon

    April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  100. Joe CE

    No he hasn't but has improved a little in the Executivr Branch. The campaign pledge was naive, ill considered, and largely not do-able. Deals or compromses can seldom be made in public. TV for congressioal committees & subcomittee would be counter productive and result is political posturing

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  101. Dante

    No. Historically, this is true for all socialist/facist regimes; at the beginning they use the press to their benefit with lies and then lock them out over time. This is just the beginning. As far as I can see, he has broken many campaign promises, raising government spending, reducing accountability of citizens, is very happy to spend others' money to help, but not his own. And the exemption of union and government workers is unethical. He has no authority as president to do these things.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  102. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, Obama is about as transparent as a brick wall. From pre-election promises to be transparent and open we see the press and the Republicans shut out all too often. "Health care" was passed in secret, with Republicans not in on the planning process and only allowed to contribute when it came time to vote. And the press shut out to cover this process that was supposed to be transparent. A real sign of a need for "change" if ever there was one, change that removes Obama and all this secrecy where transparency was promised!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  103. Michael

    President Obama has been very transparent! While Healthcare was in different committees, I saw on CSPAN many committe, Congressional, and senate debates on Healthcare! Yes, he might have fell short of your and other reporters expectations, ut he's been transparent! Also, Jack, I think its wise, because of all the threats he's receving not let everyone in on his whereabouts 24/7! Remember JFK'a assasination in Dallas, somebody knew his route and schedule, maybe the media was the tipoff!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  104. leon zelby

    Remembering Polonius (Brevity is the soul of wit..."): the answer is NO!!! (capitals, with several exclamation points).

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  105. Etesot Obe

    Jack, this was a NUKE security summit for goodness sake:
    You don't expect Obama to lay bare these details to the press... which unwittingly will be digested by the bad guys.....
    And talking about transparency, do you surely want Obama to be transparent to Osama?

    Kitchener, Ontario
    Canada

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  106. Daniel

    President Obama is not transparent, nor should he be. The media has chosen sides and slanted almost every news story for cheap ratings. There is no honor and little integrity in the American News Media. The media are not the representatives of the American people, they are businessmen and women with their own agenda's.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  107. Terrance

    There once was this thing reporters did called investigative journalism. It was when they had sources that allowed we the American public to know what was going on. However, it seems with all the outlets for news, none of you wants to actually go find any. Take this question for example, it was as difficult for you to get it as opening the opinions section of the Washington Post. How about doing some work and stop muckraking all the time. The press is still free to get information – if it works at it.
    I understand this all really got started because President Obama wanted to go see his daughter play soccer without the press. There's a story with great national import.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  108. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I could care less about transparency and more about President Obama getting the job done. If it results in the media getting their feelings hurt, then so be it, grow up. Besides that, promises are made to be broken.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  109. Hank

    Jack, I believe there are times that the Government needs a little privacy, and not have coverage on every little thing. It is and has always been a time and place to be a little private. Just because transparency has come into the picture as a political target does not mean that has to be a set process.
    Hank

    April 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  110. Christine Newton, MA

    Dear Jack, of course there is no transparency and I am glad you are beginning to notice. If I remember correctly, you were quite the cheer-leader for then candidate Obama and very willing to take his statements at face value when there was little value in his rhetoric. Glad you are on to the situation now!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  111. Lance

    No not at all. The list of broken promises that this administration is creating is as long as your arm. This is one thing COMPLETELY in their control. When is the last time he had a press conference in which the questions weren't screened? What about posting all Bills on the internet for 5 days prior to signing them? Tougher restrictions on lobbyists, HA!
    Reduce earmarks to 1994 levels?

    Unfortunately Jack this is one problem that Mr. Obama will not be able to blame Bush for. This should just go to show that sometimes change can be for the worse.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  112. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY

    What's the point , Jack ? Not all confidential discussions between world leaders should be open to perusal by the chattering class. What mattered in this instance was the world policy crafted by the consensus to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.
    If you are interested in minute-by-minute trial and tribulation, then watch reruns of Jon and Kate plus Eight.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  113. Ron in NC

    Campaign promises have rarely been kept over the past by presidents after they were elected. The only president that shot from the hip consistently and did what he said he was going to do 90% of the time was Harry Truman. That "buck" stopped after his presidency ended. Never was that way before him and never after.....you can be assured that transparency with the present president is a MYTH!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  114. Rick

    Lets look at it this way He's three times as transparent as the last president! And Biden is about twenty times as transparent as Cheney was! One other thing what do You mean God forbid something should happen to the president and the press wasn't there? Are you talking about getting the scoop?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  115. Andrew Amherst NY

    Jack, did you see the debates on CSPAN? Is GITMO closed yet? You've got your answer.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  116. Randy - Jacksonville, FL

    Transparency? Yes. Almost invisibility.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  117. Penny Marwede

    With a president who is so private about his life as a father.. I don't get it that you think it's question of transparency that he doesn't invite the press core to a school soccer game.. good grief, Jack. Are you looking for things to criticize?

    Penny

    April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  118. T'SAH from Virginia

    If President Obama was any more transparent – the cameras will be in his shower. Just because cable news run 24/7, does not mean President Obama has to be the star!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  119. Brandon

    Obama conducts business with the transparency of all politicians. He keeps things behind closed doors because he can. Most American citizens prefer to stay out of politics. Obama and other politicians are just obliging them by making sure they stay out.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  120. Darren Johnson

    Translucent, perhaps, but not transparent.

    Darren in Fairbanks, Alaska

    April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  121. connie

    Only when it suits him. Remember that all of those "Democrat only" health care meetings at the White House were closed door? Yet, Obama sure wanted the press there when he FINALLY invited the Republicans to the party. An obvious attempt to corner them publicly. Slimey dealings. Transparency my bikini!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  122. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Obama is going about his business as Commander-in-Chief without cameras because the Party of NO takes every chance they can to demonize everything he does. The Republicans and this new group called the Tea Party start hammering away at him even before he opens his mouth. They act like kids who will not taste of Spinach because they don't like the idea of it. Sometimes you have to hide the Spinach in dip and let them tell you how good it is later on.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  123. Allen

    NO! But better then the previous administration.

    Allen
    O'Fallon, MO

    April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  124. Anthony (Chicago)

    Jack give me a break, do we really want the world press boradcasting a conversation on Nuclear material locations and security ? The press does have boundries or should, the President went to see his daughter's game and wanted not to have it be a circus so what ! do you really think the press should have been a part ofa private discussion with anthor head of state on a serious issue ? come on you take yorself and role in this democracy beyond reality !!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  125. Ashe

    Jack – Yes, he has kept his word. I think he has been more transparent than past administrations for sure. But I also think there's room for more transparency in the future which I believe will happen.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  126. Isborne

    Jack,

    I think that President Obama's administration has been too

    transparent. Why does the press have to know everything? I

    don't need to know that the President went to see his child play soccer.

    If you were a child, would you like your Dad to show up at your game with an army of reporters?

    I think it is dangerous to tell everyone where the President of the United States is going to be every minute of every day.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  127. scott

    Jack, come on! Pres. Obama has been more open than any other president. If we only had openess and truth from Bush we wouldnt be in this mess! and i mean war, war, unpaid mandates, etc etc etc and etc

    April 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  128. Antonio

    Hi Jack ..maybe it has to do with national security and President Obama had an agreement with other heads of state.. as far as the health care debate a lot of it was on C Span...hid mistake was logistics. He is still way better the Bush....Jack you are still my hero.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  129. jim brennan

    Jack, I think the word "Transparency" is overused regarding President
    Obama. It was a campaign promise for sure. But, give him some slack.
    He's out there everyday talking to the people. He's probably the most
    visible President we've ever had. To be totally transparent is an over-promise and probably something he regrets saying. Personally, I think
    the media needs to be more transparent. Maybe Obama and the Media
    should talk it over and let us know what transparency really means.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  130. Darren from Minneapolis

    No he's not, Jack. I remember during the campaign that then candidate Obama promised to have the most transparent Administration in U.S. history. In addition to not seeing the health care debate, wasn't there something about a website where all legislation waiting for the President's signature was to be posted for a couple of days so we, the people, could comment on it? What happened? Obama can't blame the Republicans for this one – he made a promise to the American people – to me, and I voted for him. So much for 'Change' we can believe in.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  131. JB from Tennessee

    Obviously. President Obama was dishonest with his campaign promise of transparency. Corrupt and dishonest best describes this
    administration , along with the House and Senate majority leaders.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  132. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    No Jack so far he is one of the most secretive Presidents in US history. German chancellor Angela Merkel whom grew up in former East Germany noted today that the recent Nuclear summit reminded her on the secrecy demonstrated by the East German ruling SED party. Come November I will not vote Democrat and I was a big supporter of Obamalama.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  133. phyllis joseph florida

    The press is not interested in the truth. They are always looking for some tidbit or gossip they can put on the 24 hr news cycle.
    Rarely is there anything informative. Everything the President says is
    skewed by the press or some no-nothing pundit. One has to listen for
    themselves, usually during the day to find out what he has actually said.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  134. Bob

    No way,He and his administration are as decieving,secrative,and calous as a leadership can be,put polatics aside,fire all the old washington polaticians and replace them with legislators,legislators are there to make a difference,not line their pockets with cash from secret deals,or go against the will of the PEOPLE
    >>,AKA ...>>
    >> AMERICAN CITIZENS. << they are to work for us,not special interests.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  135. Sean in St. Louis

    Today's 24-hour news cycle has its benefits and drawbacks: There are always updates on where he is and what he is doing, yet there are always attacks on transparency blown out of proportion by the need for a story. The White House website is a great place to look if it's transparency you're looking for.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  136. Phyllis G Williams

    How on earth could he remain transparent with the merciless opposition he is getting?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  137. Koos

    We need to stop being blind to the Republicans VS Democrat shenanigans. It's like pro wrestling. IT'S ALL A SHOW! It's the illusion of having a choice. We need to start focusing on ousting ALL of these people, shutting down the "Federal" reserve and take back our country from these people who don't not have OUR best interest in mind.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  138. Midwest Independent

    I think Obama is full of empty promises and the only thing he is good at is talking in front a very large group of people.. I dont think he is keeping his word, no one keeps their word. People can't be trusted now a days for anything... its all about money and making the next million. No one cares anymore.. then again our country was based on that individulism so i think society is to blame for what has happened to this country. People should have seen right through Obama when he started to run for president. He's all talk.....

    April 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  139. Phyllis G Williams

    How on earth could he remain transparent with the merciless opposition he is getting from all sides?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  140. Alan

    (In Milwaukee)

    One thing I've learned from the last presidential election- don't believe all those campaign promises- politicians will all tell you anything to get your vote. But to The President's credit, I think he's being as transparent as he can be; he was just terribly unaware (or naive) of how hard it would be to change the way D.C. does business. The fact is there are corporations, lobbying groups and political parties in DC that are heavily invested in keeping things just the way they are- murky and undercover. Pork, Piggybacking and political favors is how they've made their fortunes. Please believe they're going to fight like heck to protect their interests. But for us everyday citizens, is the issue that we can't see? Or is it that we don't like what we see?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  141. Robert from Toronto

    Compared to GeorgeW. Bush there is no comparison Obama is far more transparent. If Bush had his way the American People would be totally in the dark. The President is a human being, He and his family deserve privacyand certain things are not to be aired on National Television. The press arenot their keepers. The first family can do things that are nobody's business but their own. No one wantsevery moment of their lives on the news 24/7.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  142. frank smith

    Jack,

    Transparency??? He hasn't lived up to most of what he campaigned for. The one thing that he has done (health care) is questionable for its legality the way he achieved it. Too many promises undelivered. Bringing the country together, not pandering to special interests (UNIONS), immigration reform the lists go on and on. I guess what makes me the most upset as a American is his apologetic attitude for our country.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  143. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Pres. Obama may have been a little naive when he promised transparency. There's a lot of secret business that governments have to do that wouldn't work if every step was under public scrutiny especially since the public is less than well-informed and tends to panic at the least suggestion of a right-wing pundit. Every attempt of transparency by Pres. Obama ends up being twisted by the hate radio mavens who use a nano-thin layer of truth to frost their layer cake of lies.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  144. John Holmes

    Transparency was all political rhetoric. Once in office all the lies told to get in office are coming out. He took you! You believed him!

    Suckers!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  145. Louis Coleman

    I usually like your veiws but on the transparency issue, why don't we just tell everybody in the world ALL or secrets, All our plans, All information on top secert topic and everything else, ONLY then can we say we are TRULY TRANSPARENT!! Luling, La.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  146. Terry

    I do not have a problem with the President keeping the press out of some our most important meetings. There are sensitive topics\information that the general public, domestically or internationally should not be revealed. Talk radio and cable news have gone too far with their analysis or assumptions, which is in a lot of cases just plain wrong. I have always previously believed the press reveals too much. There is no bottom line with them. They tell it all, anything for a story. Therefore, the President after getting into office has found out what you say on the campaign trail and the reality of the sensitive nature of some topics, somethings are best not revealed for the overall good, especially when the press or media is not putting their two-cents into it.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  147. Ken in TN

    I have a hard time feeling sorry for the press. To the press, none of us have the right to privacy, if it means that a potentially good story goes undiscovered. When the legitimate press now is just as intrusive as the tabloid's paparazzi and covers non-newsworthy topics as overwhelmingly excessive as the tabloids, it's hard to separate between the good, the bad and the tabloids.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  148. lynne j. in nc

    The problem is that there is a difference between campaigning and actual governing.

    One might want to be blunt and tell it all while on the trail while not not really knowing the REAL PICTURE. But once one is handed the keys, he/she finds out that what is really happening is just too ugly to mention. They know if they actually did, there would be chaos in the streets.

    I don't think he's hidden anything. But I do think that his team hasn't been good at conveying what is actually going on. They were good for campaigning but not good for governing.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  149. Carrie,

    He is The President and some time you have to talks to other leaders without the camera going all the time, and I do not have a problem at all, overall transparency its allot more than any other president ever.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  150. Ray, Florida

    President Obama is a wise man. He knows very well you can not have meetings about nuclear weaponry with the media present. What ever happened to common sense with some of the American people? With all of the enemies out there, domestic and foreign following every move he makes., he is being sensible. May the Lord have mercy on us all!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  151. Conor in Chicago

    I don't remember Obama promising to televise his entire Presidency Jack.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  152. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    I love the guy and even I say no.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  153. nick from arkansas

    No Jack, I don't think he has kept many of his promises since he took office. I don't know about you Jack but I am counting the days till the next election.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  154. steve- virginia beach

    According to the latest polls, he's transparent to 53% of us while 47% haven't seen through him yet.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  155. Chyke. Nd in california

    President Obama's promise for transparency has only done one thing,turn Americans into spoilt brats.Getting what they've never had before, and what do spoilt brats do...want more. My answer to your question Jack, he's been as transparent as necessary.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  156. Phyllis

    To paraphrase an old saw, better to keep the books closed and have people think they're crooked than to open them and remove all doubt.
    Where human beings are involved, transparency is impossible.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  157. Eric R.

    Obama is doing great. If I recall correctly, Republicans were complaining that there was too much Obama when he was on the cover of magazines, news papers, ads in time square, now they are saying there isn't enough of him. The problem with letting everyone in on your meetings is now everyone has an opinion and the Republicans would use it as a platform for their agenda. Leave the man alone and let him do his job.

    Eric R.
    Washington D.C

    April 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  158. Arthur

    Our President may have been naive about full transparency..the last I heard....naiviety is not illegal or immoral..

    April 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  159. Louis Fleece

    LMFSr Richmond Va.

    When the event was to occur was known. The attendees were known. The subject was known..

    Why let the spotlight influence the proceedings?

    The results are yet to be known.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm |