Skip to comments.Interview with Diane Sawyer, President Obama Calls Not Living Up to Transparency Promise "A Mistake"
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."
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He can start with his birth certificate and other records.
Off my path, servant. Or shall I call you Ellie Light or whatever. Yo, check yourself Omess
It’s always the ends justify the means with these totalitarians....
It was a mistake...........cause he got caught
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.
That's because there was...
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!!!
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.
Can you be a little clearer and tell us what you really think about him? ;)
Obowmao has to bribe senators in his own party to vote for his legislation.
Even most democrats do not really want national communistic socialism.
Just resign Marion Barry III.
"Bitch set me up." -- M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC
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.
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.
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.
You’re right...next time I shouldn’t hold back!!! LOL!!!
“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?
"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
= 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!