Thursday, March 31, 2011

...Or maybe he didn't get it. Prove it.

"President Obama finally and quietly accepted his 'transparency' award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday."

Woody Allen would be literally laughed out of his agent's office for suggesting the kinds of ludicrous situations to which our president is a regular party.

Oh, wait a minute - just like his undeserved Nobel Prize, this award was apparently given for the potential efforts at "transparency" that Dear Leader's devoted followers are fervently hoping will still occur at some later point in time, not for anything the president's (not) accomplished to date:

"'I don’t feel moved today to say 'thank you, Mr. President,'" said Steve Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. But he said he understands the award to be 'aspirational,' in recognition of Obama’s potential to do more on the transparency front.

'And in that sense, one could say it resembles the award at the Nobel Peace Prize,' Aftergood said. 'It’s not because Obama brought peace to anyone but because people hoped he would be a force for good in the world, and maybe that’s the way to understand this award.'"

Sure it is, Mr. Aftergood, sure it is (sweet last name, by the way).  Whatever helps you rationalize your decision to give an honor for openness to someone who didn't earn it and who ironically won't accept it in public.

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