President Barack Obama will be interrupting a day filled with closed-to-the-press meetings to receive an award for his “deep commitment to an open and transparent government.” Matt Negrin of Politico wonders what the president will say when he accepts:
[H]e probably won’t mention that his administration acted on fewer requests for information last year even as it was asked for more, a tally documented by the AP.
And he also probably won’t talk about his aggressive effort to prosecute federal workers who leak information to shed light on wrongdoing. Or that despite his anti-lobbyist rhetoric, his aides are meeting with lobbyists just outside the White House, allowing the administration to keep the meetings off the books from public view.
We wonder if he’ll even take a question from the press pool, a practice Obama seems to have grown to hate.