This is truly priceless. On Monday morning the federal government held a closed door meeting on the Freedom of Information Act!
“The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails,” Obama told government offices on his first full day as president. “The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.”
Obama created yet another new bureaucracy called the Office of Government Information Services which, according to Melanie Ann Pustay, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy, is supposed to take the lead on government openness issues.
One of it’s first “official” acts was to hold a meeting today for government employees behind closed doors.
Why was no press allowed? According to Miriam Nisbet, director of this new bureaucracy, the event was closed:
to make sure there would be enough room for all the government employees attending.
What, not even one extra chair for a member of the press?
Update: Ed Morrissey picked up on this story and posted as his Obamateurism of the Day.