In a move befitting candidate Obama’s campaign promises for openness, or not, a workshop on government openness is closed to the public.
Remember how candidate Obama ranted and raved about how the Bush administration claimed ‘separation of powers’ when there was all this great interest in the prosecution of the war on terror, conversations with communication companies over wiretapping, and the so-called torture of KSM? Clearly, real national security issues were at stake and clearly needed to be preserved under the separation of powers. That was Bush’s position. And, that’s what candidate Obama said needed to change in Washington.
Look at how the Obama administration has changed things in Washington. Oh wait. Scratch that. Seems the President is taking the whole separation of powers thing to include parties and dinners held at The White House.
Fast forward to the two gate crashers that were allowed to get into a State dinner hosted by the President for the Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh. How does the President react to calls in Congress for an investigation as to how that security breach happened, including wanting to hear from the person responsible for the evening, White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers? Sorry, she’s not talking to Congress. Separation of powers you know.