President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history — White House website, January 20, 2009
It’s the most transparent administration in history, provided your knowledge of history doesn’t go back more than a few years.
The Obama administration is appealing a judge’s ruling that Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Justice Department filed a formal notice of appeal Friday afternoon regarding U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell’s August ruling rejecting arguments that the so-called WAVES records belong to the White House even though they are maintained and used by the Secret Service.
And the reasoning that will be cited by the DoJ, and reported by the media as evidenced below, is that it’s always been done that way:
The position taken by the Obama Justice Department, namely that White House visitor records are presidential records and not agency records, is essentially the same one that the department took under President George W. Bush.
They’re trying to pass off “but that’s how Bush did it” as an unprecedented level of transparency?
In other transparency news, President Obama won’t turn over any Solyndra-related Blackberry messages to House investigators. You’d think that they could get them anyway by subpoenaing the people with whom Obama was most likely to be conferring at the time about Solyndra. Or maybe Obama just doesn’t want anybody to see how much he’s been playing Angry Birds.
Is all this hush-hush coming from the same guy who once promised a new era of openness?