Skip to comments.GOP slams White House for suspected coffee shop meetings
Posted on 05/05/2011 6:15:02 AM PDT by Dacula
House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns at a Tuesday hearing that White House staffers hold meetings at a nearby Caribou Coffee to avoid disclosure requirements. "White House staff apparently purposely schedule meetings at the Caribou Coffee around the corner from the White House so that those meetings wont show up on the White House logs," said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight subcommittee. Republicans portrayed the White House as failing to live up to campaign promises on transparency. Stearns pointed to President Obama, who as a candidate said healthcare negotiations would air on C-SPAN, an idea that never came to fruition. "This president has apparently gone out of his way to avoid transparency even though he said he would be transparent," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said. Democrats defended the White House and said the GOP's allegations are suspect. "There is nothing wrong with someone going out for a cup of coffee," said Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), ranking member of the subcommittee. "There is something wrong with someone going out to avoid disclosure." She suggested the coffee-shop allegations are unproven and based on questionable sourcing, including news reports that granted anonymity to the speakers. GOP members criticized the White House for failing to appear at the hearing. Full committee ranking member Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said the White House got only a few days' notice and had a schedule conflict. Waxman said the hearing was "not about open government. It's about politics." He said the hearing was an attempt to "embarrass an administration" that wanted to make its case but simply had a schedule conflict. Witnesses were split on transparency in the Obama administration. Tom Fritton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group, said the Caribou meetings are a major problem. "This ethics gamesmanship undermines the rule of law and makes one think that this administration has something to hide," he said. Anne Weismann, chief counsel for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was positive about Obama's transparency efforts. Weismann said her transparency concerns surround federal agencies rather than the White House. "I think [Obama] has put some of the key components in place," she said.
Where’s the gumption in the freshman and sophomore classes of J-school grads? Seems to me the next gen watergate stories are there for the plucking.
I did a Google search on "carobou coffee" and found their web site. This is the most interesting quote from the site: "Get Caribou at work: Office Delivery, Catering, Corporate Gifts." Now, what does that tell us? White house staff don't need to "go around the corner" to get good coffee for their meetings! Delivery cost should be low, because the nearest Caribou Coffee location is at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue. Interesting.
Most transparent administration ever !
“Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. “
“This ethics gamesmanship undermines the rule of law and makes one think that this administration has ***something to hide***,”
Indeed they have a long record of doing so.
My first though as well; keep the RATs under surveillance.
first THOUGHT as well
Not just any muslim bunch... this was Qaradawi and friends. Qaradawi was /is involved in the Egyptian muslim brotherhood. Qaradawi was a major shareholder of Arcapita bank [see shariah financing] and they owned much of Caribou Coffee. Arcapita sold off most of its shares last year.