Opinion: About that Obama White House transparency: Today it’s opacity
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In case you were thinking about dropping by the promised most transparent White House in the history of political transparency ever of all time and eternity today, don’t bother.
And don’t expect to see much if anything in the media afterward.
All the events today are closed to the press, even the obviously top secret left-handed signature-putting-on of a presidential economic report.
And especially the top secret Oval Office meeting among the president of the United States and the March of Dimes Ambassadors.
You’d think the embattled Chicago crowd was adopting some kind of fortress mentality, which is silly. Right?
Here’s the official schedule of announced Obama doings as published by the White House:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010
Late morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. The President will then meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press. In the afternoon, the President will sign the Economic Report of the President in the Oval Office. The signing is closed press. Later, the President and the Vice President will meet separately with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner and Secretary of State Clinton in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press. The President will also meet with the 2009 and 2010 March of Dimes Ambassadors in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
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