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Transparency?

We have two different stories of possible Obama hypocrisy.

First, the White House is denying rumors that Michelle Obama has booked Beyonce and Adele to perform at her birthday party at the White House next January 17th. It would not be hard to believe if this is true, based on the extensive celebrity roster racked up by the Obama's throughout the years. While the party will be paid for by the Obama's themselves and not the taxpayers, this is a family that has used $1.4 billion of taxpayer dollars on annual White House household expenses, with $20 million a year on vacations. Of course, this looks all the more ridiculous if you put it in the context of the White House officially being shut down for tours because of budget cuts. Perhaps the Obama's could use some of this money supposedly being used to pay for Michelle Obama's birthday party to keep “the people's house” open to the public. Or perhaps the President's golf games could be cut and the Secret Service cost savings could then be applied to the security costs necessary to protect the White House during tours. The White House has already rejected that idea.

Then we have a new analysis from the Associated Press which flies in the face of Obama's promise of being the most transparent administration in history.

The U.S. government, led by the Pentagon and CIA, censored or withheld for reasons of national security the files that the public requested last year under the Freedom of Information Act more often than at any time since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press …

In a year of intense public interest over deadly U.S. drones, the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, terror threats and more, the government cited national security to withhold information at least 5,223 times — a jump over 4,243 such cases in 2011 and 3,805 cases in Obama’s first year in office. The secretive CIA last year became even more secretive: Nearly 60 percent of 3,586 requests for files were withheld or censored for that reason last year, compared with 49 percent a year earlier.

You can read more specifics of the transparency report here, but it seems as though the administration is hiding behind national security and certain laws to delay if not deny information to various parties requesting it, including the media.







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