Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Clever use of the phrase 'should be'

The White House barnstormed NYC in order to take publicity photos.

The sole purpose of the secret photo-op, which sent thousands of New Yorkers running for cover, was to take new publicity shots of the presidential jet over the city.

And won't release the pictures.

"We have no plans to release them," an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.

Well isn't that special.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

'Should be' is political speak for 'only when convenient'. George Orwell is not surprised.

Cross Posted to The Daily Brief.

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