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On Transparency, Lobbyists, So Far President Obama Is “All Talk”

January 24, 2009

Like Cambell Brown of CNN, we like what we hear from President Obama on having the most transparent White House ever and cracking down on lobbyists.

But the President’s words have not yet been transformed into actions….

See the CNN video on Obama breaking his own rules:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/
23/campbell.brown.lobbyists/index.html

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Obama’s Stand on Lobbyists, Transparency Void During Economic Stimulus Planning?

 
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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administering the oath of office to Barack Obama on Wednesday in the White House.  Photo: Pete Souza/The White House.  The Associated Press and other media outlets would not distribute this photo because news media were restricted from the White House during the oath taking….

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By Anne Flaherty And Anne Gearan, Associated Press WritersFri Jan 23, 11:06 pm ET

A former Raytheon lobbyist nominated to be deputy defense secretary despite President Barack Obama‘s ban on hiring lobbyists will sell his stock in the military contracting firm.

However, William J. Lynn won’t be forced to step back from decisions related to his former employer, the Pentagon said Friday.

Instead, Lynn’s dealings at the Defense Department will be subject to ethics reviews for one year, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

The Obama administration’s decision ended around an executive order that the president signed Jan. 20. His “revolving door” ban, part of Obama’s “ethics commitments,” ordered officials who had been lobbyists for up to two years prior to their hiring to recuse themselves from decisions involving their former employers.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090124/ap_
on_go_pr_wh/pentagon_nomination_8

From Peace and Freedom: It is safe to assume that the Obama Administration has hopes that William Lynn will become Secretary of Defense.  He was named to the Number 2 position in the Pentagon by the President and the current Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, is a hold over from the Bush Administration….

Seal of the United States Department of Defense.

This is an undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of ... 
This is an undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense of William J. Lynn then Under Secretary of Defense. President-elect Barack Obama appointed William J. Lynn III, a defense contractor’s lobbyist, Thursday Jan. 8, 2009 to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department, a choice that appeared to break with his self-imposed rules to keep lobbyists at arm’s length. Lynn, former Raytheon lobbyist nominated to be deputy defense secretary despite President Barack Obama’s ban on hiring lobbyists, will sell his stock in the military contracting firm.(AP Photo/DOD, File)