AMERICA’S OBAMA WOUNDS
Upon assuming office, President Barack Obama committed “to making his administration the most open and transparent in history,” and “we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the (White House) website for five days. And allow the public to review and comment before the president signs it.”
But the reality doesn’t match the words:
- Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act signed 2 days after Congress passed it;
- State Children’s Health Insurance Programs signed 3 hours after Congress passed it;
- $800 billion stimulus bill signed 1 day after it passed in Congress;
Obama broke his promise on the first 11 bills he signed into law. Only 6 of these bills were posted on the White House website at all. None were posted for 5 days before signing.
During the Democratic Presidential Primary campaign, Obama promised 8 times he would televise healthcare debates live on C-SPAN, if elected. He said he would bring parties together and not negotiate behind closed dooors.
But until the final few weeks of the process, he refused to let Republicans participate in any debate and sealed negotiations from cameras and live TV.
PolitiFacts confirmed his promise broken.
Obama has also been anything but transparent on his massive stimulus bills.
He has frequently denied freedom of information requests.
He withheld information about the outrageous Cash for Clunkers program.
And among a voluminous number of examples of non-transparency, Obama shielded his unaccountable czars from public scrutiny.