The most open and transparent administration in history

Obama administration appeals ruling on White House visitor logs

The Obama administration is appealing a judge’s ruling that Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Justice Department filed a formal notice of appeal Friday afternoon regarding U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell’s August ruling rejecting arguments that the so-called WAVES records belong to the White House even though they are maintained and used by the Secret Service.

The decision to appeal the ruling to the D.C. Circuit would appear to be in tension with Obama’s repeated pledges to operate the most transparent administration in history. The White House announced in Sept. 2009 that it was voluntarily releasing the names of most White House visitors from Sept. 15 forward. However, the conservative group Judicial Watch sought information on visits before that date.

The position taken by the Obama Justice Department, namely that White House visitor records are presidential records and not agency records, is essentially the same one that the department took under President George W. Bush.


Let’s listen to the howls of outrage coming from Left Blogistan:



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16 Responses to The most open and transparent administration in history

  1. Mimi says:

    And don’t forget Obama’s blackberry! The WH counsel said you cannot have a blackberry at the beginning of the administration. Obama said I must have one. Counsel said if you must sign this saying in essence the blackberry crap was public record. Now Obama changes his mind. I wonder why if all it has is family and friends stuff. Has he been doing stuff from the Oval Office that he is ashamed of. Shades of Richard Nixon tapes. Isn’t technology grand in the hands of idiots?

  2. DeniseVB says:

    His goose is so cooked. All the GOP has to do is run his ’08 campaign speeches, using his own words, to prove he was a lying sack of sh*t. Transparency was his WINNING word. Ha.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    A simple message from the South Central L.A. Tea Party:

  4. myiq, you really went off the deep end now.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    I’m watching Issa on FTN and Bob Schieffer keeps trying to put words in Issa’s mouth.

    “Are you saying . . . ”

    Issa was basically boring. Not what you would expect for someone who is “grandstanding.”

  6. myiq2xu says:

    WTF is everyone this morning?

    Church? Jail?

    Zombie apocalypse?

  7. HELENK says:

    This is just sickening. backtrack is the antithesis MLK
    MLK had a dream for America to be a better place for ALL

    backtrack had a dream to live off all Americans and reduce the quality of life for most

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Obama-King-MLK/2011/10/16/id/414603

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