Obama promised a new era in transparency in government. He even complained about all the oil company executives who visited the White House to write Dubya’s Energy Bill (code named “No Oil Well Left Behind”), even though Obama voted for that bill.
But now, MSNBC reports that the Obama administration is trying to block access to the names of coal company executives who visited the White House to influence Obama’s energy plan. They are actually trying to block access to the names of any White House visitors, despite the fact that a federal judge has ruled that these records are public.
Ironically, the Obama administration is borrowing the very same argument that Obama protested when the Bush administration used it — that a president doesn’t have to reveal who he talks to when making policy decisions.