Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dear President Obama: I guess we can add "transparency" to your mountain of lies.

You remember your lie list, don't you, Mr. President?

You lied about "lobbyists in the White House: you've appointed at least 30 with a lobbyist background.

You lied about earmarks when you said you'd "go through the budget line by line:" your last budget had a paltry 9000 earmarks.

You lied about drawing down the troops in Iraq: you've pulled out one Stryker Brigade... only to quietly replace it with another... but you haven't talked about that.

You lied about bankruptcy with your false claim:

"The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds. By
the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes,"
You lied about how much oil we import:

"We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of
energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before."

We are currently importing at LEAST 400,000,000 barrels LESS now than we were in 2005.

You lied when you said: "We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade."

Estimates for the deficit THIS YEAR ALONE range as high as $2 trillion, with YEARLY TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS PROJECTED FOR THE NEXT DECADE.

And your latest lie?

Mr. President, it looks like we're reaching the point where we can pretty much conclude that everything you said during your campaign was a lie. And to that ever-lengthening list we can now add your latest casualty: Transparency.

There's just something... well... "scummy" about you keeping the media out of a ceremony where you're getting some sort of media award.

But then, there's something "scummy" about your entire Administration... so I guess the calculation was made that a little more scum wouldn't make any difference, eh, Mr. President?


Obama White House bars press from press award ceremony

The White House behind a fence

We are not making this up:

Barack Obama was elected commander in chief promising to run the most transparent presidential administration in American history.

This achievement and the overall promise of his historic administration caused the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. to name him "Newsmaker of the Year."

The president is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this afternoon.

The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press.

From the president's official schedule:

"Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will attend a reception with the National Newspaper Publisher Association in the State Dining Room, where they will be presented the Newsmaker of the Year award. This event is closed press."

Maybe they'll let the newspaper people pass the award through the fence.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press

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