If it was not for the foreign press..

You would never find out that the party of the little people, the bastards that promised transparency in government and have had the most secretive and questionable government, surpassing even Nixon in Nixonian behavior, the SOBs that told us they would abolish Gitmo, the GWoT, pull out of Iraq & Afghanistan, and stop all the hate & killing but then started more wars, drone hit everything and want to do so even to people in the US just on a presidential says-so, have kept Gitmo alive while also taking rendition to a new level Boosh could only have dreamed off, and more importantly, the bunch of crooks that promised to take back the country from the evil capitalists, only allow access to the evil capitalists.

Once, only nobles were granted an audience with the King. In America, we’ve prided ourselves on abandoning those privileges of class some 237 years ago, following that little uprising in the 13 colonies.

And we again congratulated ourselves at 12:01 pm Eastern Time on January 20, 2009, just moments after Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and as he committed to making his administration the most transparent and open in history.

But more than four years later it is time to ask questions. The most transparent administration ever? The most transparently political, yes. The most open government? If you have the money to buy access, yes.

Since last weekend, Mr and Mrs Regular Citizen have been denied the access people used to be granted to tour the White House, purportedly because of the clampdown on federal spending since the “sequester” that imposed cuts across the board.

These tours, most recently guided by volunteers though monitored by paid Secret Service staff, have been an American tradition since John and Abigail Adams, the first White House residents, personally hosted receptions for the public.

And their cancellation is an austerity measure that saves a pittance, while more frivolous taxpayer funding for items like the White House dog walker continues.

Meanwhile, noble Americans can buy time with the president for a suggested donation of $500,000 to his new campaign group, Organising for Action.

Oh the irony. Of course the narrative and myths that the other party is the one of the super wealthy and that they hate the little people, will stay alive and well. Hey, they mean well! People used to razz Clinton because he sold Lincoln bedroom visits as if the Wh was some expensive Bed & breakfast joint. Team Obama has taken it to the next logical level. Don Coreleon’s time is after all valuable, and someone’s gotta pay.

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  1. Hal_10000

    Uh, most people aren’t allowed to meet the President anyway. They just tour the House. This writer clearly doesn’t understand how the sequester works. It’s an across-the-board cut. You have to cut a certain percentage from the secret service’s budget. And it was either cancel White House tour or furlough some agents. Unless someone can identify some better cuts out of the same budget function, I’m not prepared to listen to them.

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  2. Hal_10000

    I do agree with his general point however that this “man of the people” is cut off and only meets with rich Ivy League grads. McArdle wrote a good post on this (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/21/america-s-new-mandarins.html). I think it would be a great idea if the President were required to meet with some randomly chosen citizen every day, just so he gets to hear what’s going on outside.

    White House tours have nothing to do with that, though.

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  3. CM

    I think it would be a great idea if the President were required to meet with some randomly chosen citizen every day, just so he gets to hear what’s going on outside.

    Great idea Hal.

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    I think it would be a great idea if the President were required to meet with some randomly chosen citizen every day…

    Didn’t Caesar Have a man behind him in his chariot whispering in his ear that he was just a mortal flesh and blood man? How’d that workout?

    Sometimes I wonder if you two are like 12 year old starry-eyed altruist. This is better than the “fat lesbian” study.
    I apologize for thinking either of you were disingenuous or worse dishonest. I now believe neither of you have hit puberty yet.

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  5. Hal_10000

    Didn’t Caesar Have a man behind him in his chariot whispering in his ear that he was just a mortal flesh and blood man? How’d that workout?

    Sic gloria transit mundi. Not sure if that is legend or real.

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  6. Miguelito

    But more than four years later it is time to ask questions. The most transparent administration ever? The most transparently political, yes. The most open government? If you have the money to buy access, yes.

    I do love that some people in the media are finally asking questions about Obama now… after he’s already won his 2nd election and his 2nd term has started. It would’ve been nice if they’d questioned him with more then softballs and giving him praise before the election had happened. Hell, before 2008’s election would’ve been even better.

    Meanwhile, noble Americans can buy time with the president for a suggested donation of $500,000 to his new campaign group, Organising for Action.

    I’m still not entirely sure how his Organizing for Action/America/Whatever things are legal? Are they essentially setup as PACs? It seems like he’s just continuing to take donations like he’s running for office.

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  7. Mississippi Yankee

    It seems like he’s just continuing to take donations like he’s running for office.

    How do we know he’s not… Bloomberg beat that ol’ term-limit thing right?

    Barack Milhous Mugambe in 2016

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