Promising “a new era of openness in our country,” President Obama signed executive orders Wednesday relating to ethics guidelines for staff members of his administration.
“Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” Obama said.
Fine words; apparently he does not apply them to himself. Think what would have happened had any Republican not produced a birth certificate upon request. And immediately, if not sooner. The mainstream media would have had veins-a-poppin’ all over; there would be howling that would deafen you.
There are some plausible political reasons why Obama took three years to release his birth certificate. None of the reasons pass muster when measured against “a new era of openness.”
Now, let’s move on to things such as college transcripts, theses written in college (or other major papers), applications to Columbia and Harvard, finances while in school, etc. Oh, right. Not released.
If Obama has nothing to hide, they should be made available quickly. My guess? Obama was only a mediocre student, who gained entry into top schools like Columbia and Harvard the same way so many scions of New England and New York families did: for reasons other than merit.
I wouldn’t care, any more than I cared that George W. Bush made “gentleman Cs.” The world is full of A students who work for C students.
I’m just looking for, hmm, let me try and find the best words: “transparency” and “a new era of openness.” Fine words, don’t you think?