August 5th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Is Pres. Obama keeping his word on transparency?


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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama promised us the "most transparent" administration in history, but there are growing signs that it's just business as usual in Washington.

Politico.com reports that four times in the last week, the president has quietly attended private and exclusive Democratic Party fund-raisers – all closed to the press.

These events are for the fat cats – big donors, sometimes paying as much as $30,000 to attend. They're held at fancy hotels or at the homes of wealthy supporters.

The White House claims the president had nothing "formal" to say at these small fund-raisers so there was no need to have reporters on hand. They say the rule is if the president makes a speech or formal remarks, the event is open to the press.

But the president is clearly talking to donors at these events. One Democratic source tells Politico that at such a fund-raiser, the president will typically give a brief address to the group, then he might spend about an hour speaking one-on-one, or in small groups, with supporters.

Critics say this is an example of the president backtracking on his promise for openness. And journalists have also tried to get access to these events, with no luck.

You may recall it was at a private fund-raiser in San Francisco that then candidate-Obama was overheard telling donors that working-class people hurt by the economy "get bitter" and "cling to guns or religion." After that firestorm, Obama's campaign said it would allow more press into similar events.

But at least four times in the last week it doesn't seem to be happening.

Here’s my question to you: Pres. Obama promised us the most transparent presidency in history. Is he keeping his word?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Craig in Florida says:
Obama's promise of 'transparency' should go into the same trash bin as Pelosi's promise of the "most ethical Congress in history". Both were made to capture votes and both were abandoned the first time it became necessary to expedite a political goal!

Venu says:
A man born out of Chicago-style politics isn't being transparent? Why does this shock anyone? Obama doesn't need to be transparent. The press gives him a free pass, and anyone who challenges him gets hit with the racist card.

Tony in New York says:
The kind of transparency that counts is regarding policy decisions, and in that regard, he has been far more transparent than any of his predecessors. There's a big difference between pressing the flesh at a private event to raise campaign funds (which are subject to federal campaign disclosure laws, so we, in fact, know who gave money), and calling in oil companies in secret to set energy policy the way Dick Cheney did.

Remie says:
As an Obama supporter, I am disappointed that there is still secrecy involved in fundraising. This is exactly what voters want up front. Many Americans want to know and should know who OWNS the president and who OWNS the Congress and Senate. If we're going to have an oligarchy, let us at least know what corporations own the national government. I think it's a small favor to ask.

Dan in Virginia says:
He wins this argument on semantics. What everyone wants is a transparent administration. What everyone got is another secretive one, albeit "more" transparent than the previous 42.

Luis in Purdue, Indiana says:
I believe he is, Jack. C'mon now, no president will ever be completely transparent. It's not in the nature of the job. The fact of the matter is, when we chose Obama, we chose a very different presidential philosophy. He's shown us a very different way of addressing his position and Washington in general. Mission accomplished.

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Bubba, ATL

    Let's get this straight: I support the President of the United States of America.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  2. Luis @ Purdue Indiana

    I believe he is Jack.
    C'mon now, no President EVER will be completely transparent. It's not in the nature of the job. The fact of the matter is, when we chose Obama, we chose a very different presidential philosophy. He's shown us a very different way of addressing his position and washington in general. Mission accomplished.
    Here's a novel idea, how bout we focus on Obama's accomplishments and not on how he, like every other politician, has to say some pretty things while running to get elected.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  3. Norman Simpson, Kingston, Ma.

    Transparency be damned. Anyone with half a brain can see exactly what he's doing.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  4. Michael

    So many promises and yet nothing has changed... did we think he would keep any of his promises?? Do any of these Fat Cats on the hill ever do??? They only care about what's good for egos and the next election. They have ALL forgotten about the WE THE PEOPLE.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  5. John

    Liar. Over and over Obama has broken his campaign promises. He's afraid to let people hear what he has to say unless he has his trusty teleprompter by his side, it seems.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  6. Andrew In MPLS, MN

    He is exactly as transparent as I expected. Just slightly less than the prior presidents. In other words, status quo upheld.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  7. Rezar G. from Syracuse, NY

    Of course he is not keeping his promise. Actually the promise was just words to get him elected. There is no change, but just an agenda to transform this country into a socialist one that robs the true hard working people and give to certain other groups. This is going to destroy the economy even more, but evn worse it might change the free and enterprenual spirit of evryone into a government relying masses. It is time for everyone to wake up and see the light.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  8. John from San Antonio

    No modern day adminstration can permit transparency. To do so would reveal corporate executives are in control and President Eisenhowers warning of the dangers of the military/industrial complex has become a reality.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  9. steve from calif

    no, he is not keeping his word. when do presidents or most any other politicians ever keep their promises, unless they stumble into them. the answer quite simply is never.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Bob in PA

    He is very transparent, I can see right through him and his misrepresentations.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  11. R.L.

    I think a better question would be when doesn't President Obama lie. Here are the first three and most transparent lies that come to my mind. 1. No lobbyist's in my adminstration 2. Prospective congressional bills will be posted on line for 5 days for the public to read before I sign it. 3. The healthcare bill and the discussions thereof will be broadcast live on C-Span. $. 4. If you pass this stimulus unemployment will not go over 8% 5. There will be no federal funding for abortion, and no illegal aliens ( I mean undocumented workers) will recieve medical care in the government mandate/takeover of healthcare.

    Oh, I'm sorry! I mispoke when I said I would only name three outright lies President Obama has committed. They where just the first five I recall of the top of my head. Unfortunately, there are many more.

    R.L. So. Cal

    August 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  12. Archie from Arkansas

    Being an Obama fan I really hate to say this, but NO. He hasn't kept his promise regarding more transparency. I believe if he had our government would not be as polarized as it is today. We would have had the opportunity to see first hand how our elected officials conduct our nation's business. He has a little over two more years to keep that promise. I hope he does.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    Obama is the same as everyone else. There has been less transparency in this administration. I really must get a copy of the dictionary politicians use...the definitions are so contrary to the rest of everyone else. Transparency means transparency. Not manipulating and bending the meanings to fit their agenda.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  14. Figgins in Souther California

    No, he is not keeping his word. Whether it's "Transparency" or not raising taxes on anyone making less than $250k (see requirement for everyone to buy healthcare insurance), this President lies just as much as all the others.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  15. must be joking

    Simply put, No!

    Narrows, VA

    August 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  16. Greg

    The administration, I won't even use his name, has never and will never provide any transparency because they are afraid of the American people. He doesn't want us to know that he is bringing about the downfall of our once great country and letting those who want to destroy it secretly take it over like so many of our former non-great "presidents". Once a nation under God, purely divisible, with no liberty or justice for all....

    August 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  17. andy

    Obama is about as transparent as the oil that was spewing from the ocean floor. He has done more backroom deals than any other president.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  18. jwillis

    Nope! And what about his promise to not hire lobbyists? That promise didn't last long either.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  19. Dennis north Carolina

    He is doing transparency more than most past presidents.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  20. Chris in Huntington Beach, CA

    No, not even close. What about all of the controversial "Czars" that he has self appointed to run important aspects of the government and our country. These Czars don't get vetted by the people's reps and sneak through without any approval process or confirmation process like most other positions are required to do. Certainly the health care bill was not available as promised with enough time to read, scrutinize and improve before the vote, so most in congress voted on it without even reading it. What about when he told us he would crack down on lobyists durring the campaign, but hired many lobbyists to be part of his administration. Sadly, he lied to the American public durring the campaign and is a product of the "Chicago way".

    August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  21. Keith R.

    Did the president arrange these events? Or is he a guest?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  22. frankie

    Our elected leaders who do not try to be transparent don't get criticized this much, because they make sure no one's attention is directed to the issue of transparency. Yes this is more transparent than what we had grown accustomed to.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  23. MARY

    Obviously, if you have to ask the question, it means he's not doing it. I'm not saying he's much different from past presidents, but he did specifically make a promise and it's not being kept. I would think this would be one of the easier promises to keep, as opposed to: creating more jobs, etc. His defenders like to say that he's "cerebral" or "professorial", whatever. All I see from him is someone, who when he was elected, thought all he was going to have to do, is show up. Obviously–NOT.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  24. fred, montello, nevada

    His administration is about as transparent as 10 feet of lead.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  25. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Great question, Jack. This administration is so thin-skinned and overly sensitive to criticism that it has put on a coat of armor which allows virtually NO transperency. Unless you have X-Ray vision, of course.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  26. denny (monee,illinois)

    the answer is NO unless you are or have democratic ties. if everyone remembers he said he would be president that would over see this country in non-partisan fashion & be a president for all the people of this country. at this point i do not see that & i really feel the he is totally responsible for any divide in this country today.
    i saw him once years in chicago when he was a communty activist who worked for acorn & he was great as far as talking goes. as far as the election goes he said that there would be change, but the big issue is that the people didn't ask what kind'a of change would take place.
    even though i didn't want him in office & did want him to be successful in something, but..............................................................

    August 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  27. Alan in Ohio

    Your observations speak volumes. I wonder if he confused transparency with the term opaque? The electorate is allowed to have a view of his administration but it's the view he selects and one that is not too clear. It makes you wonder what he doesn't want us to see?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  28. Jane

    Of course, the President is not keeping his word. He said many flowery things on the campaign trail, but has not delivered on them. I am curious who is paying for his transportation to these non-stop fundraisers? Are these token visits to factories in the towns he does fundraisers in merely a way to get the taxpayer to pay for his campaign trips?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  29. Brad from Aliso Viejo, CA

    It's unfortunate that he has decided to shut the doors, but let's face it – I don't think anyone really thought he could change how Washington [doesn't] work(s). He's cut from the same cloth as previous leaders whos sole goal is to stir the pot as little as possible to get re-elected.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  30. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    In a huge bureaucracy ,Jack, the right hand has no clue what the left is doing. A well-meaning president is thrown into this shark tank and expected to reveal all the nefarious activity he has no clue about.
    In his defense, no litany of abuses has arisen, so far, as in the previous administration which managed to get out of Dodge before the dust blew up.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  31. Tom Austin Texas

    Pres. Obama , a lot of retroric very little results or we say ,all hat no cattle,

    August 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  32. Ian

    I'm very sure there were some seriously top secret, breaking news stories to be heard at those events.

    Just because the man doesn't allow journalists to stalk him doesn't mean anything. Like was stated – nothing formal was to be said. I'm sure you'd have heard about it already somehow (and blown it out of proportion) if there was anything important.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  33. Patrick McNallen

    I do think the president is backtracking on his promise, though I wouldn't say it is necessarily intentional. When anyone is campaigning, I'm sure that, like any of us who've ever made promises in the heat of the moment, he fully intended to keep that promise. I don't think he was fully prepared for the reality of the job, though: the reality that the president has to play both the role of his party's big motivator and spokesman, while also acting as the negotiator that should overlook party lines. You can't do the second while openly doing the first.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  34. Jack Palmer

    that guy temporarily in the white house wouldn't know transparency if it took a dump in his Cheerios.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  35. carol

    transparent?...compared to the most recent president Obama is saran wrap.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  36. Russell, Omaha, NE

    Meetings with lobbyists at local cafe's so they don't appear on the White House visitor logs. What manner of people are these that the Administration doesn't want anyone to know a meeting ever happened?

    Speeches where the press isn't allowed. What is he telling these donors that they don't want real Americans to hear?

    And then scoffing when people have the audacity to question it. If there is nothing to hide then have the secret meetings with lobbyists at the White House and let the press hear what your promises are to the elite donors.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  37. Carl

    Carl August 5th, 2010 2:05 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Come on, get real, this guy hasn't kept his word on anything, give me a break, thank goodness

    August 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  38. common sense in Texas

    Absolutely not. He's even hiding things from Congress. That eleven page memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration should be proof enough. That's something that was actually put down in writing. One can only imagine what ideas are being tossed around verbally. His word means less than nothing. I'm glad I had the foresight to not vote for him.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  39. Rich

    To somewhat quote former President Bill Clinton, "it depends on your definition of transparency???"

    August 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  40. Libby

    Transparency? Just another con. Stop buying his magic beans. They are just beans! If he was honest about how he intended to govern he never would have gotten elected. To him the ends justify the means, and he'll decide the ends for us whether we like it or not.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  41. Mike, NH

    You didn't really believe him did you Jack?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  42. Alex Landi

    Why would we expect transparancy from a president who won't even provide a traditional birth certificate that proves he was born where he says he was?
    He's transparant, all right. We can see right through him.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  43. Brad Froman

    I think for private fundraising events, keeping the media out is not a big deal. However, on the subject of transparency for everything else related to Obama's presidency, he falls woefully short.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  44. Joseph

    Of course not. He's a politician. Nothing more Nothing less. By the way nothing is what common folk got from Bush and it is apparent nothing is what we get from this sucker.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  45. VectorMan

    Of course he has not kept his word. All during Obama care there was back room dealing and arm twisting and thousands of page of documents that were not left on the internet for anyone to review in a timely manner.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  46. Kris

    Kris, Newport Beach, CA

    President Obama is not keeping his word. As an early Independent supporter of Obama, his reversal on so many promises has caused me to align with the Republicans. It is disappointing.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  47. Luis Vazquez

    Not only is NOT keeping his word he is making deals behind closed doors with Labor Unions that elevate their status to supreme status in so far as the Health care Care law is concerned.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  48. James A. Melching

    Idiotic indeed to to the illusion of honesty and transparency elluded to during political campaigns. Its business as usual, but to suffice it to realize that charm and Speak-easy has its merit when the stars are in alignment. However charisma has its limitations and self destructs when promises are not forthcoming. As Farmers allude the age old adage, "Chickens do come home to roost". Really, not many of us want to be lied to. Subsequent lies are unbelievable and totally discredit both the Liar and the Hood-winked. Should the Hood-Winked accept another lie, then he deserves the consequences of his poor judgement & Stupidity . It should not be a surprise to anyone that Politicans embellish to suit their goals. Most are so myoptic that they wouldn't accept facts or anything but those which are out of context to suit their personal agenda. James Melching/Springville,Cal.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  49. Mario

    No he is not, but I do not think that a transparent presidency is possible. Like much of the politics in Washington, promises made while campaigning are completely bogus. Why would anyone want to watch the president so much anyway?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  50. Bruce

    No. He has continued and expanded all of Bush's secrecy policies. A total lie. He also uses executive orders to avoid Congress signing treaties. A real class act.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  51. Linda in Arizona

    You think that's the ONLY example of his "backtracking" on his campaign promises? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I couldn't list the ways he has betrayed the LEFT, so join the party. Line forms at the rear.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  52. Maria

    Of course he is! at least you found out about the fundraisers during his presidency! Imagine all the stuff that came out after Bush left office! Come on Jack!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  53. emma texas

    gee jack what do the press want..............to go in the bedroom with him......

    August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  54. DirtyBob

    Who would seriously believe any politician on this planet about anything they would say about transparency?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  55. Ryan

    absolutely... as transparent as BP Oil!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  56. Tony

    One more thing that he spoke so eloquently about – but couldn't deliver. Getting too many of these to count. In business or in the military – this would not fly. Guess what, he has been in neither. Accountability my friend. Not in lawyer,s academics or politicians DNA.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  57. Dan Ballard

    I don't see this as a major issue, the president isn't making any laws or signing any legal documents that affect a single one of us.

    When our President makes decisions or has an idea that reflects us, his staff makes sure we know. period.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  58. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, absolutely the Presidency is the most transparent one in history. The media slobbers all over every move, every word, every gesture, every aspect of HIS daily life. The Administration workings, the Congress, the back room bribes/deals however, are still hidden from the public by the big, toothy smile that seems to be all the media can focus on. Transparency, what a JOKE!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  59. Liz Martin

    Absolutely. This is the most transparent presidency we've had in years. Trying to micro report every presidencial move is absurd.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  60. Al

    Yeah, I can see right through him!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  61. deems

    Lets leave transparency to Julian Assange!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  62. Brian

    There is no transparency. The nation continues to be divisive. As Lord Acton stated, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  63. Lisa Demangone

    Leave him alone and quit trying to make something out of nothing. I'm tired of it. Yes, President Obama is keeping his word...on this and all the other issues. He's doing a phenominal job.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  64. Locksley

    Jack, can you point to any other president in the history of the US whose administration is more transparent than this one? If the President was walking around in his shorts, you would be clamoring for him to be more transparent and walk around naked! Ease off!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  65. John

    To even claim "transparency" by this administration makes former Pres. Bush look as honest as George Washington. Whenever transparency is an option, they inevitably go 180 degrees and become LESS transparent.

    I supported this president, and I feel like the butt end of a bad joke now.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  66. Gigi Oregon

    As one who has watched Pres. Obama since his election, I feel nothing is perfect. But I'm sleeping better than I did during the Bush years. I got so sick and tired of the Clinton and Bush years with the nasty news and head lines, that I didn't have much hope for this last election. And voted against my own party. I believe things are better but a far cry from perfect. I'm still sick of the sensationalistic character attacks used by the media and politicians. And for that reason I'm giving Pres. Obama and A for effort.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  67. Betty

    Jack, please get real. DC and transparency is an oxymoron. Anything else you want to know?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  68. alan

    Not by a longshot. In fact it seems to be the most secretive.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  69. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    In the lite of the way you reported it no .

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  70. Tom in Denver, CO

    IF the President is telling the truth about his "transparency" then why does he have clandestine meetings with Big Pharma before the Health Care debate?

    Why does he scheme behind closed doors to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to illegals?

    Why does he have multiple secret meetings with union leaders, and then comes out with a so called jobs bill that only bails out the unions?

    Why does he and Congress inact laws that exempts the SEC from the Freedom of Information Act?

    This president is anything but honest and open.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  71. linnette

    promising transparency does not necessarily mean letting the press in on every meating or every detail. the press is just mad because it thinks it is missing out on an opportunity to twist what was said into what was not said.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  72. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    One word NO! His transparency is that of cement!
    Just another broken promise in a collection of broken promises!, And with more to come!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  73. Mario

    Mario, Gaithersburg, MD

    Anything the president does gets criticized so he is trying to avoid the spotlight as much as possible. He did wrong to promise a transparent presidency when he knew darn well that it is not 100% possible. I want to know who still believes politicians' promises.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Ken

    The Obama administration is about as transparent as a mirror. But, even with that it's more transparent than previous administrations. It was a good promise alas it was only a promise.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  75. Jack Dietz

    Obuma started running for re-election the day he was elected. Don't think that young voters 18 to 35 will forget that he has betrayed us and is no different than Bush, probably has the same masters. What change same people running government , Summers, Gates, etc etc their is no change to believe. By the way republicans are no better

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  76. Joseph Feng

    Don't be such a crybaby. If you want in, just pay the fee. Freedom of the press does not mean that freeloading reporters get a free ride.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  77. Cathy

    No, he is not keeping his word!!!! And this is Big Problem for our country!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  78. TK Tummala

    Money is the Mother's Milk of Politics.
    Both parties are raising money, they both want to get more seats in the congress. And both want to win.

    Which party is catering to the Fat Cats, which one is raising money
    from ordinary people?

    Obama's Transparency is showing in small steps. We should all
    have patience, please.
    TK Tummala, Houston, Texas

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  79. Bill Mulcahy

    What ever happened to Obama's "Community Forums" that he use to have? Didn't they bring in enough money or (more likely) is he afraid that he might get a question he doesn't have a carefully prepared answer for. No wonder he's sinking in the polls.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  80. mark reynolds columbia station, oh

    Transparency? How do you define transparency? If you are referring to say what the public wants to hear, yes. If you mean what message stirs the right poll numbers, kinda sorta. Translucent would be a good word for what the promise was meant to be. No politician has the backbone to really be transperent. We would actually get what they promised when they got elected if this was true.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  81. Dave H.

    It is quite clear that the President is NOT keeping his word. Is anyone surprised? People drank this koolaid which was force fed down our gullets by the same media that gets "chills" when he speaks. It is truly sad. He'll be a one term President. He's one and done.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  82. Don from Canada

    No I don't.
    It's a reflection of the power of money over the political & election system no matter which party is in power.
    It won't change until you end that with radical changes including
    prohibiting political party & campaign donations from unions, corporations, and all deep pocket special interests.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  83. Chrystal

    Yes!!! He is doing ALL he can to be transparent, unfortunately the republicans are getting sneakier. No other President has EVER been this up front, explanatory, involved to the letter. Almost EVERYDAY we receive FULL explanations on issues both big and small. Good grief can this President do ANYTHING to please all of these spoiled little brats. Everyone just want to dumb down issues and worry about perception instead of what is right. All things take time. At least this President has plans. After the BIG stink that Bush and the Bush before him has gotten us all into, who in the world thinks that it will be fixed OVERNIGHT!? My God! This whole world is going to go to hell in a handbag because of demons that don't believe in "Love Thy Neighbor"! We are ALL God's children! Patience. We've waited this long. Bytheway, all these Millionaire's need to get together and break down this deficit. We really don't care about what else they want to do. Thanks for the opportunity Mr. Cafferty

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  84. Sonia H. Maulsby

    No Obama is not keeping his word on almost anything, I voted for him to get out of the war, not to give amnesty to illegals, and continue to spend billions on a new win war. I have decided that Obama is a mirage, a man without any real substance. I am sorry I voted for him, and will not do so again if the Republicans run anyone other than Sarah Palin. Sonia Maulsby

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  85. Mohamed

    Jack, President Obama is like most presidents, once in office, they back tracks on a lots of thinks they say promise they won't do or say. Jack you should run for president you have my vote.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  86. Tom

    The underhanded manner in which the whole health care legislation was handled gives lie to any pretense of openness.

    His recess appointment of Berwick also shouts out that it's business as usual.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  87. Barry G. Wick

    If the government says it's going to make credit card rules easier to read expect 15 more pages. If the government says the oil spill is just not a problem anymore it means expect your cheese to be black. EVERYTHING from our government is as clear as octopus ink. If Mr. Obama says there will be transparency then expect 24 hour darkness in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  88. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    No one, even you Jack, can be completely transparent. But in the interest of honesty, President Obama did not promise completely transparency, he promised the "most transparent" administration in history. Can you name any administration that has been more transparent?

    As President Obama moves toward goals that we all want, why is he criticized for not being perfect?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  89. Jackie Maschino

    I Think this President has been more transparent then any of them in the past!!! He has did things for America and tried to make it as bipartisan as could be but with Republicans that wasnt happening... They were dead set agaist anything he offered.... he doesnt have to let America know his every move or last time he went to the bathroom.....sometimes the press Jack just wants to know too much......

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  90. Allen, Texas

    Yes, he did promise us transparency during the campaign. I believe that he was naive in making that promise then and I still believe he is naive now. After the Andrew Brietbart fiasco, can anyone, including the POTUS trust any media outlet these days. The media has demonstrated a total disregard for the truth as well as fair and honest information to the public. And you guys wonder why the country is so polarized.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  91. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    I have vision problems I cant see him telling the truth .

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  92. Barre Miller

    I am writing from Berkeley Ca., Jack, and I have a question for you. Why does 'transparency' always have to mean having the press present? It seems the press is having as much difficulty convincing the people they tell only the facts as the government itself these days.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Ray Hoskins

    I think he is being much more transparent than the last administration, but falling short of where he needs to be. He has, in general, kept his word more than other presidents in my lifetime and deserves credit for that.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  94. Brandon

    For a presidential candidate to make promises, it is usually par for the course. But this president has doubled down on politcal promises, and fooled the American voter into believing he was the "chosen one". He has said before " we are the ones that we have been waiting for" when in reality he is merely a magician and it hurts my heart to know that he was elected by the "fooled" masses.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  95. Harold Reese

    Yes he is. On balance Obama has been more open than Bush ever was. Jack, why are you so bitter when it comes to the current president? I have listened to you for years and you seem to be sour when it comes to Obama. Give the man a break he has done much good in his 19 months, please stop being so cynical.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  96. Covenant

    No. He is no different than any other politician except he had no experience coming into the job.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  97. Becky from California

    Ha!Ha! Transparency is in the eye of the beholder and the only "beholder's eye" that is acceptable is Obama's and his minions.
    The rest of us are just racists, bigots, and other names the left likes to use to smear us with when their way is not adhered too. Obama is the real life character is the the story entitled, "The Emperor wore no Clothes".

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  98. soneill

    Transparency? Is this a sick joke? In my 62 years I've never seen such a bunch of arrogant, secretive, phonies if our government. Ramming this piece of crap medical plan down our throats, destroying small business, secretely plotting amnesty for illegals – all of these should put Obama and his administration to shame. These people (and I use the term loosely) are destroying the American way of life. The country was FOOLED into voting for them. It is a disgrace how they have done things and we are on the verge of losing it all.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  99. Jack McGinnis

    like all of Obama's linty campaign promises, all fluff no substance hopefully American voters have learned ...good campaigner though

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  100. DVP

    No he is not. He is not allowing anyone to see his back room deal.
    Seems like he has too much to hide.
    So much for being bipartisian and fair.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  101. benson

    does anybody honestly trust politicians? i guess so unfortunately... people are slow learners...

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Donna

    Of course, there is no transparency. He also promised hope and change and we haven't had that either. What we did get was an inexperienced, ego maniac for a President that has not only deceived the American people but continues to ignore the will of the people to push his far-left agenda.

    Fort Mill, SC

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  103. Erik

    The most glaring issue that has caused Obama to lose popularity and respect is the fact that you almost never know where he stands on the issues or what plans he has for the problems that face our nation. For example, the most relevant thing he has said about immigration policy is that he doesn't want a patchwork policy that differs from state to state, but he never said what type of reform he would federal reform he would support. He constantly rails against the Bush administration to divert attention to the failing economy. While he blames the Bush administration he makes no comments as to how we are going to leave this recession. With whatever type of issue we face, he quickly blames partisanship and offers no real answers. I don't expect him to relieve all of the financial woes, however I do expect to see signs that things are getting better, not continually worse. The worst part about the whole situation is that due to the fact that he plays politician more than president is that the country has been without a leader.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  104. Just a guy

    No, those were just talking points to get elected. Typical....

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  105. Helen

    Jack, where is the transparency from congress? Do you know there are a lot of congressmen who are having questionable diners with beautiful blonde lobbysts in DC. Where is your investigation on that subject?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  106. tom chaffiotte

    Jack, Shirley Sherrod and myself agree, the Presdient should be more transparent, and allow every nut with a camcoder into these private fund raisers. After all, how could anyone possibly misuse these recordings?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  107. Mike Turner

    This I have learned about President Obama. Hear the words from his mouth, then look around and something totally different is true or happening. So, I say NO, he is not keeping his word.

    Mike Turner
    Kerrville, TX

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  108. Figgins in Souther California

    No, and btw Jack, what's he telling these donors that he can't tell the rest of us?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  109. Jim

    Since when does any politician keep their word?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  110. Jon Livingston

    I think he misspoke and meant to say the he would be the most "camouflaged" president in history. If America could only be a fly on the wall.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  111. Lee

    Is it as transparent as we would like? No. Is it the most transparent in history? Yes. But the current actions will always weigh more in the public's perception than the prior actions of this and previous administrations. This is especially true when the question only uses recent negative examples and doesn't remind us of just how opaque previous administrations have been.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  112. Andres Trujillo

    There is nothing transparant about the job of the President of the United States of America. He proposes things that he and the Democrats would like to see happen for the country but the other side is constantly stopping him from gaining headway. He could have promised an American utopia but everyone in this country knew that he had an enormous mess to clean up. And just because neither side can work together to take positive action, the American people suffer as a result.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  113. Noreen

    No way

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  114. Gerry luimes

    Considering the regular obstructionist antics by the Republican crowds I have no issue with a so called non presidential transparency
    Who is the pot ,trying to call the kettle black?.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  115. Mike Jensen

    Jack, Change has not come.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  116. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Did he promise to be transparent about fundraisers he attends???
    I don't know and I don't care. He did promise transparancy on the creation of healthcare and other POLICY issues. He fell short on those, but not so much that we didn't get fed up with hearing about it.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  117. T. Hicks

    Why should President Obama have to notify the public if he goes to a private fundraiser or private party? Why should the press be invited or allowed into a private fundraiser or private party if the president is not speaking to or addressing the American public? He should not, they should not. Is it possible that the Repulican party is just bringing issue to this because there are so many citizens that are attending these fundraisers and a great deal of money is being raised for the Democratic party? Through all of this scrutiny and racism, President Obama continues to handle himself with dignity and poise.
    T. Hicks
    Omaha, NE

    August 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  118. Jatinder Goel

    You got to be kidding? Obama does not not know what honor and word means. He would not know what truth is if it hit him in his face. Everything about Obama is a lie.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  119. Tony

    No he's not keeping his promise of transparency in fact he's a huge disapointment. Show me a politician who walks like he talks and I'll show you a person who's not afraid to lose an election.


    August 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  120. graham

    Yes, President Obama could and should be more transparent and we the people need to keep on him to ensure that but, it's so much better than the previous administration. Not even Superman's X-ray vision could get through the Bush/Luthor lead curtain.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  121. Jim Davis

    Absolutely Not! Obama's presidency could be best described as having a "selective transparency" and promote it like something completely new in Washington... Remember the secret meeting he attended during his campaign With Vanderbilt group while media members trapped in his campaign plane and not told where he was until plane doors closed and taxi on the runway. Same old same old. Our corrupt system is so deeply rooted into our government even if we elect Jesus this system will still continue as it is today.

    Capt. Jim Davis

    August 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  122. MOSS Miami Fl

    I think so Jack. Transparency Does NOT Mean That We Wont Want More and More information. We Will ALWAYS Want More. What It Means though is that when there is a question he (The President) will error on the side of the public Knowing The information. We Now Have More Government Websites and Information Than Ever....

    August 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  123. Paul D. Zammit

    give me a break, people. do you really think that there can ever be full transp-arency? of course not. if there was then that would jeopardize national security.

    you should at least admit that he has been more transparent in dealing with national issues like health care and financial reform than any president i can remember.

    and to say he hasn't done anything or kept any of his campaign promises is just a pile of monkey muffins. sure he isn't perfect but did you think he would be?? don't be naive.

    he has already done more (good) in a year and a half than Bush did in 8.

    get real people. we aren't living in Utopia.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  124. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    The President is being transparent enough to satisfy me. In fact, I am actually quite shocked as to the nature and quality of the material. Now, lets talk about Republican transparency. What's going on behind their closed doors? Who pullin' their strings and opening up their wallets? Why Jack, does it seem like you're buckin' for Sarah Palin to be your next President?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  125. DirtyBob

    Wow, people are gullible. It's funny that you all get so upset about broken promises that should be obvious every politician lies about. I don't get how you trust any politician period.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  126. Jim Dickinson

    No is the answer to your question. I voted for Obama primarily because I believed his promise to open the government. I run an online trade news service that depends on free access to FDA employees. That disappeared in all federal agencies under George W. Bush and although the Obama people at FDA have been very polite about my requests for the open-government policy's return, absolutely nothing has changed. In fact, we've been told it ain't gonna happen.

    As one former top official at FDA told me: "No press officer is going to give up his control of the press!" This power is too valuable to be surrendered - the First Amendment be damned.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  127. Michele

    When banks loan to business, then business will hire employees, who will pay social security taxes, to increase funds for that government budget source.

    Too bad the Democrates are consistantly blamed for the situation the GOP put America in with their lack of concern for spending regulations and all American workers jobs and security.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  128. Daryl Pierson

    So Barackwards lied about just how transparentcy works at his direction. Where have you been for the last 18 Months? He lies when it might be easier to tell the truth - and that too is George Bush's

    August 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  129. agrowingopinion


    He is not keeping his word at all. Actually, with all the backdoor deals regarding healthcare and his financial regulation laws now coming to light, he is well on his way to becoming the least transparent President in history.

    I had high hopes for him, but sadly... he is proving that he is just a stereotypical politician. I'm not sure who I will vote for next, but he's out.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  130. james livingston

    President O Bama said a lot of things. Do you remember the NO EARMARKS speech. The next bill had 900 earmanks. How about no tax increases, and OBama Care raises them next year. Wake up Amarica.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  131. Eric Weber

    Whether Republican or Democrat, politicians are generally as transparant as their teleprompters. We are presented with what politicians want us to see even as they deliberately manipulate the image immediately in front of us. We do ourselves a disfavor to minimize open debate when we instead squabble over planned sound-bites.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  132. jacob

    I applaud this President for holding himself and his administration to a standard that is higher than any previous administration. However, I find it humorous that when the president only upholds 99% of this "highest ever" standard, it is a media uproar. This comes off to me as a case of you can only make all the people happy some of the time. (read as: media)
    Where was this crack investigative journalism when the republicans were pillaging our economy through cronyism, no-bid contracts, and unpaid entitlements?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  133. Marcus

    Once a Republican,always a hypocrite.It just never ends.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  134. Willie12345

    Just another empty suit, full of hot air. Teacher are given a pass on the recession, while the single 50 year old lady down the street loses her home. Let's start with Congress and teach these bums a lesson or two.
    "Remember, come November!"

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  135. Allen, Texas

    Either way, he's still more transparent than the last administration. Enough, said!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  136. Claire, Melbourne FL

    He's doing a lot better than GWB – he can't have a little privacy to get money for his party? I'm sure he's following the rules, just like his predecessor.

    Cheney's secret meeting with all the oilmen that gave him a $34 million payday from Halliburton was chump change compared to the tax payer funded billion dollar payday Cheney gave the oil companies. I understand we the taxpayer paid BP to drill that deep water well that they just sealed up. Plus we paid TransOcean, etc., and forgave BP from paying the US taxpayer the royalties we were due. You want to investigate something – how about that...

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  137. Curt

    Shutting out news organizations because he doesn't like their brand of coverage, health care reform hearings that were not aired on CSPAN as promised, very few press conferences, concerns over Freedom of Information Act" requests under his watch, a recess appointment without one public hearing for a health care czar and as you mentioned, PRIVATE fund raisers. Shall I go on?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  138. hkraznodar

    Of course he is lying – he is a politician and his lips are moving. I voted for him but knew that much of his promises were just like those of every other presidential candidate – outright lies. This still won't stop me from voting for him again unless the Republicans run a real candidate. Someone like pre-candidate McCain would be nice. Too bad McCain got lost in the election pageant and turned wimpy.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  139. Jesse

    Running up record debt, refusing to enforce immigration law, controlling the automotive industry/banks/healthcare system, etc.. I think what he's doing is pretty clear. Welcome to the Obama-Nation of America

    August 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  140. Curtney Grell

    Obama is a trustworthy person. He's like a book. He has no transparency, but you have to open that "book" to find out.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  141. dennis from MN

    Well after the last presidency that propped itself up on a war with no cause, I'm a little shocked at how people just make things up. Of course hes being transparent. He tells us what hes doing before and while hes doing it. Leave it to the Republicans to block EVERY piece of legislation they can then whine about things not getting done fast enough. Incredible.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  142. Shari from Madison WI

    Jack, what do you expect? Whatever the President says or does is blasted by the Repubs and the fring group of Nazi's and white Purists!
    I will grant that he promised many things, but every president has done that. Also, can you or anyone else say they have been completely transparent? As for ruining the country as some have said he's doing, I beg to differ. What's destroying our country is bigotry, stupidity and self righteousness! I consider myself a Christian, but not one who takes bible passages out of context and who ignores that Jesus never stood for what they do.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  143. Brian (From Chicago)

    Yes he is keeping his word Jack! He has been more transparent than any President in history. What do people want, a reality show? Where the camera follow's him 24 hrs a day? We need to let him do his job as President. In the media age of the 24 hr news cycle, facebook, youtube, and camera phones, I can't wait to see what the next President does when it comes to transparency.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  144. mark hunter

    Is anyone suprised by these going ons? We all no Obama is a liar, he has proved it many times. And we know Sorros put him in office to do as much damage as possiblr to the US so the goverment could step in to save us, this regime that is in office wants to take over in the US and what is ashame is Polosi and the rest are so stupid they think they are doing right. There are only a few of them that really know what they are trying to do, Lets hope some real patriots step up and save the US, the US that our forefathers fought and died for, that greatest generation. they would be ashamed of the coruption in our goverment now, Greed and power have ruined our country with checks and balances even the good become corupt. How can a counrty that is in trilloins of dallors in dept kept giving rasises to themseleves, they are supposed to be public servants, its supposed to be an honor to serve in office, not passage to line your pockets. Excuse i need to go throw up now.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  145. Darlene Olsen

    Obama hasn't done anything he said he would. But to put Bush down to cover up his mess. I'm not for Bush but lets move on. We should of put Palin in as she's not afraid to stand up to Oil Company or anyone who's not for the people. we need our country back to the people. Not the super rich. Gov.Palin was outstanding for AK and sure started to clean up our State. Yes she stepped on a lot of toes and they sure wanted her out of there and did a good job lieing to get there. I really thought Obama was going to do a good job. But he's out of there in 2012. I hope she runs in 2012 as she has done more forn our coundry in the pass year then Obama has done since he took Office

    August 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  146. Kim from Colorado

    Hi Jack,

    President Obama stopped looking at the polls and listening to the American people shortly after he took office. Therefore he doesn’t need to fulfill his promise of transparency, as he no longer has a two-way dialogue with the people. His administration has consistently opposed the majority’s opinions regarding bailouts, lobbyists, two ongoing wars, and amnesty. Just like the GOP, Obama’s administration caters to the wealthy while offering alms to the poor and ignores the needs of the Middle Class majority. No wonder our economy is continuing downward in a death spiral. Other than ordering the cessation of torture, I find very little difference in Obama's tenure in the White House from the previous administration.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  147. reddy33

    I believe all these people who believe Obama's lie of transparency, are in la-la land. There is nothing transparent about this adm., It is one of the promises he failed to keep, along of the one.......bipartisanship.
    Nancy Pelosi also did a poor job of draining the swamp.
    The ones I encounter who voted for Obama continue to uphold him as they don't want to admit they were wrong.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  148. Thomas Davis

    No, I don’t think the President is being transparent on every policy issue. However I don’t expect him to when it comes to political Strategy. Weather its fund raisers or trying to support a particular Demarcated candidate like the Pennsylvania Senate Primary. You never let the other team see your play book.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  149. Judy

    What's the big deal, Jack. What's wrong with private lunches with donors? So many REAL problems to deal with, why feed the sharks? You are missing an opportunity to find real solutions for real problems. There are great minds out here in the Hinderlands.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  150. kim smith , Dodge City, KS.

    Transparency is what every politician and bureaucrat fears every waking moment of their lives. Secrecy and and false statements are the currency of their world, and if anyone believes for a nano second that there is a transparent politician out there, then they need mental counseling, and in a hurry. As a citizenry, we are not collectively capable of electing so-called honest and transparent people to protect us from ourselves so let's just quit whining and get on with the revolution.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  151. Ralph Spyer

    This government has never honest with the American people from wars to immigration.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  152. john in santa maria

    Yes he has been invisible.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  153. Marian Martin

    Excuse Me Jack. Here we go again. Did he or Didn't he. To be Transparent or not to be transparent, that is no longer the question. Many are out to destroy the President, Jack, you know this as well as I do and millions of other people. No, he does not need the doors open at every turn. The then Senator Obama saw a different side of things, the now President Obama deals with the reality of post Senator Obama. I say shut the door and lock it!

    All it will do is allow nasty people another opportunity to twist the truth, ignore what is right and for them to get an interview on someone's show, or sell a book or enrich themselves, caring nothing at all about the truth. I say again, shut the door and lock it and put security at each entrance too!

    By The Way Jack, You are great, and that Wolf B, wow what a team, go CNN!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  154. William

    Obama is being as transparent as he possibly can. But, this question falls on the bitter old hags in congress. When will they stop selling the American people wooden nickels by saying the unemployment rate is hovering just below 10% for those currently filling for unemployment benefits, when in fact, it is more like 35% due to the people that has already exhausted there unemployment benefits?

    Decatur, Ga.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  155. Paulineromano

    Jack, I and my family who voted for Obama are very dissapointed as to his actions.
    Most of all, ALL the commitments he made and have NOT followed through.
    I apprciate your seeking responses regarding his "letting all of us down who voted for him".
    It is my hope that either he comes out and apologize and STOPS what he had/ have/is doing.
    It saddens me to write this apparently he is just another not trust worthy politician.
    Is it appropriateto think, just another politican from Chicago?
    Please keep giving all of us the "truth" and informing of of his serious mistakes!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  156. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Jack, the president gets an F for transparancy. When it came to finding health care votes, all the dirty deals were acomplished behind closed doors.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  157. Ryan

    I hope he becomes so transparent that in 2012 it will be like he was never there!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  158. Madman

    "but there are growing signs that it's just business as usual in Washington".

    Get serious! This is a Chicago thug politician that is running the most crooked administration in our nations history. This makes Nixon look like a boy scout. Obama only lies when he is openis his mouth.

    They bough votes for health care, he took campaign money from wall street and big oil and then demonizes them out of the other side of his mouth. Our country is in a financial crisis and he jet sets around spending the taxpayers money on vacations and concerts. We are not being governed, we are being ruled by his highness.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  159. Denny

    Line up the promises he's made with the reality – total failure. Remember the televised health care "reform" debates statement, or the promise that all legislation would have three days for review before votes? Was last-minute stealth nationalization of student loans as part of the midnight raid that was health care "reform" transparent? Are 2,000+ page bills on health care and financial reform that no one could have possibly have read before voting "transparent"?

    This is the worst bit of governing by all the tricks that disgust voters that I can recall.

    Come on November! Nancy, we'll take the "drain the swamp" job from here!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  160. Krishna

    No, Jack, he is not. It saddens me that he is just another talk fast politician who lied to US. Well, he can count me out in 2012 election. I was fooled once and no more!!!
    LCF, CA

    August 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  161. Mike in SA

    Seriously...you're kidding, right? His aids purposely schedule their meetings in coffee shops off the White House grounds so that the people they are conspiring...errr...meeting with do not have to sign the White House visitors logs. Ironically (or tellingly), even his ethics adviser is doing this.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  162. Gary D. Bellew

    No I don't believe he is keeping his word and even if he thinks he is it really doesn't seem to matter does it??

    August 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  163. Mary

    Look, we do not need to know every time the President of Congress go to the toilet. They deserve privacy. Not every meeting needs to be reported. The media continues to make mountains out of mole hills, raising suspicious speculation of any thing they are not invited to. Get over it. All Presidents have participated in fund raisers. Transparency should not have to include meetings that discuss business and problem solving, be it fundraisers or policy. Why stir up speculation over matters before there are any solutions put on the table. All it does is start a lot of propaganda to fuel criticism and rumors that are often hard to stop. Most of the nasty propoganda is started by the media in just this way.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  164. Mike in SA

    Seriously...you're kidding, right? The Obama administration added an entire new wing to the White House just for the purpose of have a place to do his backroom deals.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:53 pm |