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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Political Policy was compelled to post this incident even though it is 3 months dated and may be deemed old news. Old news or not, it is worth reiterating to illustrate the opaqueness of this Obama Presidency.
In the attached video White House reporter a visibly frustrated Helen Thomas lays into White House Press Secretary Robert ('I'm not Glib') Gibbs on 7/1/09 , criticizing the Obama administration for hosting pre-packaged health care town halls and complaining of a "pattern of controlling the press". Ms. Thomas was directing her comments to Mr. Gibbs with respect to the July 3 town hall Mr. Obama was hosting on health care reform.
In one of the exchanges between Ms. Thomas and Mr. Gibbs in this clip she responds to Gibbs by saying, “I'm amazed. I'm amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and—”. Very interesting perspective since Ms. Thomas, 89, has covered the White House during every Presidency since John F. Kennedy’s.
Ms. Thomas told CNSNews.com "... that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press. Nixon didn’t try to do that," Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try"
Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference the week before the Obama town hall on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran. “When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.
Commentary: In the White House link to it's blog dated inauguration day, 1/20/09, entitled "Change has come to White House.gov" posted by Macon Phillips, it states that the White House promised that "...President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history...". Looking back at Mr. Obama's numerous campaign promises of CHANGE toward transparency with the American people, unfortunately all we have seen to date is the transparency of his deceptions.