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  • Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Obama's Door

    The pressure is building on President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to open their closed-door health care negotiations to cameras, the media, and more importantly, the American public.

    Most notably, Brian Lamb, the chief executive of C-SPAN, wrote a letter to congressional leaders asking them to allow cameras into health care negotiations.

    The clarion call for transparency shouldn’t surprise President Obama. He promised to open health care negotiations when he campaigned for President and, in video included in a Fox News report, Obama couldn’t have been clearer in his desire to broadcast health care negotiations on C-SPAN:


    In the Democrat’s January 31, 2008, presidential debate, Sen. Obama described the process by which he would bring about health care reform in America as: “not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.”

    That must have been an important point for him, judging by the fact that he repeated it seven months later on August 21, 2008:

    We’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments no behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.

    Even The New York Times dug into its archives and reported on other instances where candidate Obama promised transparency:

    At a visit to Google in 2007, Mr. Obama noted that the Clintons had made a mistake in the early 1990s by designing their health care plan “in isolation from the American people.”

    “We will work on this process publicly,” he added. “It will be on C-Span. It will be streaming over the Net.”

    At another point during the campaign, Mr. Obama argued that if a member of Congress was “carrying water for the drug companies,” for example, television coverage would expose it. “You can shame Congress into doing the right thing if people know what’s going on,” he said.

    When pressed on the transparency issue yesterday (and on President Obama’s campaign promises), Speaker Pelosi had some thoughts on candidate Obama’s vows: “There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.”

    How’s that for a fresh breath of honesty?

    And what did the President’s spokesman have to say about letting some sunlight into the back-room negotiations? White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he has not seen the C-SPAN letter, but opined: “I do not believe the American people have lacked for information on what’s in these bills.”

    But why not let the American people have ALL the information?

    Posted in Obamacare, Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    11 Responses to Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Obama's Door

    1. Bridget Willard says:

      Missing t in must.

      "That mus have been an important point for him, judging by the fact that he repeated it seven months later on August 21, 2008:"

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      Why doesn't his deception, concealing, thievery, ignorance constitute an arrest!?

    3. Bobbie Jay says:

      Why doesn't his deception, concealing, thievery, ignorance constitute an arrest!? He is conspiring against AMERICA!

    4. Elizabeth says:

      Bobbie Jay, I highly doubt Obama is "conspiring against America." I would argue, however, that Obama is concerned with passing the healthcare bill in a timely matter: http://www.newsy.com/videos/health_care_transpare

    5. vjt says:

      A good way to freeze the federal government is to run on complete transparency in the federal government with multiple channels televising all hearings,votes, etc. and an open meetig mandate prohibiting these closed door sessions. Roll back Progressivism now.

    6. Ron Thompson says:

      Elizabeth, you need to read Sal Alwinsky's book before you make statements about this adminstration. So far his adminstration has been; deceptive, liars, toting a double standard, does't listen to the People, shows parceality to selective groups, makes deals that put the screws to the middle class and poor, not to mention breaking campaign promises of transparecy, keeping the public aware. If any other adminstration did business this way the media would be all over them, but not this group of tax evaders, and flagitious people. Look at Venezula, note the direction they are going. that is where we will be within the next two years! Secrecy is the key to taking the America we know away!

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