Everything Barack Obama touches turns to dreck: it’s the reverse Midas touch. What a pleasure it has been lately watching his reputation swirl down the cistern where dreck belongs:
Right now, here ON THE RECORD, fired “New York Times executive editor, JILL ABRAMSON.
While working at “The New York Times” and after decades of covering presidential administrations, Abramson calling President Obama’s White House the most is he secretive White House that she’s covered. And she’s not the only one.
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BYRON YORK, THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: This is not the most transparent administration in history.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I will make our government open and transparent.
One of the things I want to do is open things up. I want transparency. I want accountability.
BOB CUSACK, MANAGING EDITOR, ‘THE HILL': This White House came in saying we’ll do things differently, we’ll change Washington. They didn’t change Washington.
OBAMA: The more transparency we can bring to Washington, the less likely it is Washington will be run by lobbyists and special interests.
Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.
A.B. STODDARD, ‘THE HILL': He’s broken a promise.
OBAMA: This is the most transparent administration in history.
VAN SUSTEREN: You said have this administration is the most is the secretive. What is your support? Why do you say that?
ABRAMSON: I think it’s easy to demonstrate that that’s true, starting with — I love the name of your show, “ON THE RECORD.” I have never dealt with an administration where more officials — some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesmen for various federal agencies –demand that everything be off the record. So that’s secretive and not transparent.
But the most serious thing is the Obama administration has launched eight criminal leak investigations against sources and whistleblowers. And they have tried to sweep in journalists, including – it’s almost the one- year anniversary exactly that your college, James Rosen, had his record secretly looked at by the government in a leak investigation.
VAN SUSTEREN: Is it profoundly different thought than the other administrations?
ABRAMSON: It is profoundly different. Before these cases, these eight cases, and all of history, there have been fewer than half of those. And so it is different.
So, this has been an historic administration, after all.
Oh, and about “not changing Washington”, there is agreement:
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: This is within our power to change. Everybody says because we tried in ‘08 and it didn’t happen, it’s not possible.
Give yourself a little credit, Joe. You changed Washington plenty. Never before has an administration that “ended” two “wars” and governed over a five-year “recovery” been so wretchedly unpopular. If you guys were the ones we were waiting for, I wish we had been less patient.