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Just When You Thought You’d Seen It All… (Deja Vu edition)

you find something like *THIS*:

President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

The secret presentation happened almost two weeks after the White House inexplicably postponed the ceremony, which was expected to be open to the press pool.

This time, Obama met quietly in the Oval Office with Gary Bass of OMB Watch, Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive, Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org, without disclosing the meeting on his public schedule or letting photographers or print reporters into the room.
“Our understanding going into the meeting was that it would have a pool photographer and a print reporter, and it turned out to be a private meeting,” Bass told POLITICO. “He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us, it is baffling why he would not want that message to be more broadly heard by reporters and the public interest community and the public generally.”

I don’t know if irony is dead, but it sure seems to be on life-support…

 

Link Salad – All Obama, all the time…

Barak Obama has been a busy soul over the past two years.  Now might be a good time to take a look at some of his achievements.

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Please no … GOP plans wave of White House probes

There’s been talk of serious Congressional hearings getting going once the Republicans take control of the House, Senate or both starting in early 2011. Please, no. I’m serious, I’m not interested in hearings about the transparency or lack there of in the current Executive Branch.

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