February 18, 2009

POLITICO: The White House’s missing documents. “In his first weeks in office, President Barack Obama shut down his predecessor’s system for reviewing regulations, realigned and expanded two key White House policymaking bodies and extended economic sanctions against parties to the conflict in the African nation of Cote D’Ivoire. Despite the intense scrutiny a president gets just after the inauguration, Obama managed to take all these actions with nary a mention from the White House press corps. The moves escaped notice because they were never announced by the White House Press Office and were never placed on the White House web site.”

Well, to be fair “the intense scrutiny a president gets” hasn’t been very intense anyway this time around.

Plus, Open Government: Rhetoric vs. Reality: “A political science cliché is that candidates who run for office promising open government renege on that promise once in political power. . . . vividly illustrating the current discrepancy between promise and practice is the recent digital TV bill signed into law by the president on February 11.” And where are all the press questions about Gerard Salemme’s role? I mean, besides in Ars Technica?

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