Blind Transparency

Remember all those campaign commitments about Changing the Way Washington Does Business... the talk of power going back to the people after the nasty ways of the Bush Administration?
The Obama administration says it will release names of most visitors to the White House, starting at the end of this year. Information on visitors in the first eight months of his administration will remain secret — though officials say they will consider narrow and specific requests.
If there's one thing that Americans should now understand fully about presidential politics in the age of Obama, it's that campaign promises are part of a marketing scheme that are unique to the campaign - if they later appear as part of the agenda, it's a matter of coincidence or, occasionally, the White House feeling self-conscious about so obviously having conned the American people.
The White House called the release of information "voluntary," continuing to argue the Bush administration's position that full disclosure is not required by the Freedom of Information Act.
Does anyone not remember the years of liberal rage over Darth Vader's (Dick Cheney) refusal to release the names of energy executives he met with early in the Bush years?
After being sued twice by a nonprofit organization seeking the records, the Obama administration said Friday it will post the visitor logs online.
In classic Obama style, he will continue telling the lie, even as he makes the betrayal permanent.
"We will achieve our goal of making this administration the most open and transparent administration in history," President Barack Obama said on Friday. "Americans have a right to know whose voices are being heard in the policymaking process," he added.
Despite the lawsuits and the President's statements to the contrary, the coverup continues.
The release will be time delayed, with 90 to 120 days passing before the records are posted on the White House Web site. And only visits after Sept. 15, 2009, will be revealed. The first wave of records is expected to be posted around Dec. 31.
Maybe if we sue the Obama clan, they'll honor the promise to withdraw troops from Iraq. We're nearly 8 months into his presidency, and not one of the 65 thousand soldiers that should have been redeployed thus far has been pulled out.
Is the public catching on? You betcha! Having fallen far from his Messiah status, Obama is now viewed by 60% of the country as at least as ethical as the average politician. That's the good news.
These figures reflect a decline for Obama. The 60% who view him as at least as ethical as his peers is down from 65% a month ago and 74% when he took office. The number who view him as less ethical has doubled from 18% in early January to 36% today.
More than a third of the country thinks Barack is less ethical than the average used car salesman. Wow. Don't underestimate the American people.