The most secretive White House in history will continue to do business behind closed doors today.
Then the Bumbler-in-Chief will emerge this afternoon to accept an "openness" award from some group of bootlickers.
You can't make this stuff up.
President Obama’s only event at the White House that isn’t closed to the press on Wednesday is a ceremony in which he’ll accept an award for being open to the press.This is like Bill Clinton receiving an award for promoting fidelity.
According to his public schedule, Obama has four behind-closed-doors meetings from 10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.: his daily briefing, a talk with the USAID administrator, a session with senior advisers, and a huddle with his defense secretary. All of the meets are in the Oval Office, and all of them are “closed press,” the White House says.
But at 2:55 p.m., Obama will emerge to “accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates to recognize ‘his deep commitment to an open and transparent government—of, by, and for the people’ in conjunction with Sunshine Week,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.
And, importantly: “There will be a pool spray at the top.”
The White House didn’t specify what Obama will say, if anything, when he accepts the award. But he probably won’t mention that his administration acted on fewer requests for information last year even as it was asked for more, a tally documented by the AP.
Update: Jim Geraghty says he won't be taking questions at this "openness" event. Unreal.
“Pool spray” means a quick photo-op. In other words, there is no Q&A scheduled for the event in which the president is given an award for his commitment to open and transparent government.