President Barack Obama, who vowed to bring a “new standard of openness” to the White House, is proving to be nothing but a transparent liar.
On Monday, he barred photojournalists from covering two fundraisers in Los Angeles; one where tickets sold for $38,500, the other where tickets sold for $5,000, according to Keith Koffler, who publishes White House Dossier.
Today, he attended a $7,500-a-plate lunch and local photojournalists and reporters were barred from attending. Only a handful of Washington D.C. reporters were allowed to attend, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Koffler, a former White House reporter, pointed out that Obama didn’t have a problem with photojournalists covering a visit to Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in West Los Angeles where he ordered a meal for $8.90 because that would reinforce his image of being a man of the people.
The only problem is, nobody is buying that anymore, which is why the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread so rapidly around the country.
Most of those activists voted for him, giving him a chance to provide the change he promised. But like so many politicians before him, he reneged on those promises.
And now the people who voted for him are left with nothing but their own voices and the power they muster in numbers.
Last weekend while in Atlanta, I stopped by the Occupy Atlanta encampment and interviewed a homeless man who pointed out the hypocrisy in panhandling laws that make it illegal for poor people to ask for money while it is perfectly legal for rich politicians to hold these overpriced fundraisers.
The Obama administration is also proposing a revision to the Freedom of Information Act, which would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don’t exist, according to The Daily Caller.
In March, a Wall Street Journal columnist said that Obama was even less transparent than George W. Bush, who was criticized as being one of the most secretive presidents in history.
But somehow, Obama was able to convince OMB Watch, a non-profit group that supposedly oversees the transparency process in government, into giving him an award for his transparency.
Obama accepted the award behind closed doors.