by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
During his first campaign, then Sen. Barack Obama promised the most open, transparent administration in history.
“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government,” he said in a memo to the heads of his Executive Branch agencies.
That promise may have sounded a lot like one made several years earlier by Bill Clinton, who once famously pledged to run “the most ethical administration in the history of the republic,” but who went on to become only the second president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House, in his case for giving perjured testimony to a federal grand jury over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.