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Interview with Diane Sawyer, President Obama Calls Not Living Up to Transparency Promise "A Mistake"
ABC News ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 01/25/2010 6:28:40 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

In Diane Sawyer's interview with President Obama today, she asked him if going forward all the conversations should be on C-SPAN.

"I think your question points out to a legitimate mistake that I made during the course of the year," the president said, "and that is that we had to make so many decisions quickly in a very difficult set of circumstances that after awhile, we started worrying more about getting the policy right than getting the process right.

"But I had campaigned on process," the president continued. "Part of what I had campaigned on was changing how Washington works, opening up transparency and I think it is -- I think the health care debate as it unfolded legitimately raised concerns not just among my opponents, but also amongst supporters that we just don't know what's going on. And it's an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of back room deals.

Mr. Obama said, "I think it's my responsibility -- and I'll be speaking to this at the State of the Union -- to own up to the fact that the process didn't run the way I ideally would like it to and that we have to move forward in a way that recaptures that sense of opening things up more."

This was a remarkable admission considering how much others in the White House have acted as if President Obama kept his promise to -- as he pledged as a candidate -- "have the (health care reform) negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so the people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who is making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies."

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.abcnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; tapper

1 posted on 01/25/2010 6:28:41 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He can start with his birth certificate and other records.


2 posted on 01/25/2010 6:31:31 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Off my path, servant. Or shall I call you Ellie Light or whatever. Yo, check yourself Omess


3 posted on 01/25/2010 6:32:26 PM PST by NowApproachingMidnight (purple durple lips)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s always the ends justify the means with these totalitarians....


4 posted on 01/25/2010 6:33:24 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It was a mistake...........cause he got caught


5 posted on 01/25/2010 6:34:08 PM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I got this jpg from a FReeper.. I do not believe anything this man says.. HE IS A LIAR_ Photobucket
6 posted on 01/25/2010 6:34:21 PM PST by ColdOne (:^))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One problem with that promise is that the president can’t require that negotiations involving congressional committees or specific members be open, let alone carried by C-Span. Separation of powers, but who’d expect Obama to bother with, or even think about such complicating little details.

And he can’t now promise that future negotiations involving Congress with be on C-Span without their agreement.


7 posted on 01/25/2010 6:34:21 PM PST by Will88
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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8 posted on 01/25/2010 6:36:57 PM PST by Canedawg (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
In all fairness to Diane Sawyer ... she actually displayed a skeptical look now & then during her interview of Obama.
Understand, as recently as last Friday, ‘rat operative Georgie Stephanopolous of ABC GMA interviewed Obama at the WH ... what’s up with all these ABC exclusive interviews of the annointed one?
9 posted on 01/25/2010 6:42:05 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: DannyTN
And it's an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of back room deals.

That's because there was...

10 posted on 01/25/2010 6:42:59 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
0bozo...."we started worrying more about getting the policy right than getting the process right."

Hey 0bozo you lying bastard POS!!! In this case you not only got the policy dead wrong, but you lied & cheated about the process as well. You are a lying, POS, socialist-fascist-commie pig usurper, who needs to be frog marched out of Washington DC in shackles and headed straight for federal prison for committing high crimes & treason against the U.S. Can't wait to throw your commie pig ass out of office!!!

11 posted on 01/25/2010 6:43:37 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hey Bro! it's not too late. Also bring Birth Certificate and college papers and grades. Trouble is, you ARE transparent! We can see right through your BS.
12 posted on 01/25/2010 6:45:27 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, he’s going to try the old “honest politician” ploy, eh? That will get him a bump until the yokels find out he’s still fooling them.


13 posted on 01/25/2010 6:56:32 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: rcrngroup

Can you be a little clearer and tell us what you really think about him? ;)


14 posted on 01/25/2010 6:57:56 PM PST by oldteen
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obowmao has to bribe senators in his own party to vote for his legislation.

Even most democrats do not really want national communistic socialism.


15 posted on 01/25/2010 7:01:39 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just resign Marion Barry III.

"Bitch set me up." -- M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC

16 posted on 01/25/2010 7:04:29 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Right Wing Assault

He likes to pretend he’s sorry....when it’s too late.

All it means is his promises to us are something he figures he can “aww shucks I made a mistake” followed by showing as many teeth as possible.


17 posted on 01/25/2010 7:16:54 PM PST by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Of course ABC News would never bring-up the matter independently...never editorially criticise or analyse this administration. They have to wait for The One to breach the subject. Unlike the practice they observed EVERY day during the last years of W’s tenure.


18 posted on 01/25/2010 7:17:15 PM PST by RepublicanMeansAmerican
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...it looks like there are a bunch of back room deals.

Well, the union deal wasn't the front room, and that was only worth tens of billions. If Sawyer doesn't call him on this, then she will have earned her kiss.

19 posted on 01/25/2010 7:23:58 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: oldteen

You’re right...next time I shouldn’t hold back!!! LOL!!!


20 posted on 01/25/2010 7:26:18 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“that is that we had to make so many decisions quickly in a very difficult set of circumstances “

What was your rush with health care reform?


21 posted on 01/25/2010 7:59:01 PM PST by Tymesup
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The last thing we can expect from Obama is sunshine government. That horse has fled the barn.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

22 posted on 01/25/2010 8:00:18 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Let's hold on a second, Diane," the president cut in. "I mean, I think that this gets into a big mush. So let's just clarify. I didn't make a bunch of deals. There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked."

= Congress' fault.

The old joke is that the new President sits down at his desk in the Oval office for the first time. He opens the desk drawer and finds four envelopes numbered 1 through 4 and a note. The note says open an envelope at the end of each year in office, in the numbered order.

At the end of the first year, the President opens envelope 1 and it says: "Blame the previous President".

At the end of the second year, the President opens envelope 2 and it says: "Blame Congress".

At the end of the third year, the President opens envelope 3 and it says: "Blame the economy".

At the end of the fourth year, the President opens envelope 4 and it says: "Prepare four more envelopes".

Now in the case of Obama, this is no joke, but an absolutely true story!

23 posted on 01/25/2010 8:00:35 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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