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  1. 10 Apr '11 02:14
    http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/president-obama-wins-award-for-transparency-efforts

    Apparently President Obama won a "transparency award" on March 28th of this year. So you say you have not heard of it? That's because the press was not allowed to attend the ceremony.

    You just can't make this stuff up!! Now he can proudly set it on his mantle by his Nobel Peace Prize. Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you would like some more humor to lighten your day, check this out.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-april-4-2011/victory-lapse---obama-transparency-award

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    Ok Obama supporters, tell us why he should win this award.
  2. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    10 Apr '11 02:18
    Originally posted by whodey
    Apparently President Obama won a "transparency award" on March 28th of this year. So you say you have not heard of it? That's because the press was not allowed to attend the ceremony.
    What's wrong with receiving an award at a private meeting?
  3. 10 Apr '11 02:35
    Originally posted by FMF
    What's wrong with receiving an award at a private meeting?
    Nothing, unless it is an award for TRANSPARENCY!!!

    It's like winning a Nobel Peace Prize for establishing a no fly zone to save Libyian lives by sending over 120 Tomahawk missils into the country. (I just wonder how many planes were shot down with those missils)

    There is nothing "wrong" with any of that, is there FMF?
  4. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    10 Apr '11 02:39
    Originally posted by whodey
    There is nothing "wrong" with any of that, is there FMF?
    Are you talking about Libya or are you talking about your own OP?

    What specifically do you think is wrong with someone receiving an award at a private meeting?
  5. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    10 Apr '11 04:13
    Originally posted by whodey
    Nothing, unless it is an award for TRANSPARENCY!!!
    I'm not sure if you understand the concept of 'transparency' in an institution or in government. Obama had a meeting with some open government advocates who confered upon him some sort of award. A White House spokesperson briefed the press on what happened at the meeting. There was no secret, as - indeed - your link points out. What's the problem? Do you think that all the president's meetings should be open to the public?
  6. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    10 Apr '11 04:36
    Originally posted by FMF
    Do you think that all the president's meetings should be open to the public?
    Definitely personal meetings.
  7. 10 Apr '11 19:57 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    Definitely personal meetings.
    You mean like the hearings on Obamacare that he promised to broadcast on CSPAN? Sure, he has that right, but at what cost?

    How do you feel about Mr. Transparency? Does he deserve the award and if so, why?
  8. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    10 Apr '11 23:54
    Originally posted by whodey
    How do you feel about Mr. Transparency? Does he deserve the award and if so, why?
    Why not decide for yourself?

    These are the transparency pressure groups that presented Obama with the award:

    Gary Bass - OMB Watch
    Tom Blanton - National Security Archive
    Danielle Brian - Project on Government Oversight
    Lucy Dalglish - Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
    Patrice McDermott - OpenTheGovernment.org

    Here are the links:

    http://www.ombwatch.org/
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/
    http://www.pogo.org/
    http://www.rcfp.org/index.php
    http://openthegovernment.org/

    Have a look and tell us what you think.
  9. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    11 Apr '11 00:56
    Originally posted by whodey
    http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-chicago/president-obama-wins-award-for-transparency-efforts

    Apparently President Obama won a "transparency award" on March 28th of this year. So you say you have not heard of it? That's because the press was not allowed to attend the ceremony.

    You just can't make this stuff up!! Now he can proudly set it o ...[text shortened]... ------------------------------

    Ok Obama supporters, tell us why he should win this award.
    I think you need to check the 'ol blood pressure Whodey. No sense blowing a gasket over some silly award. It does not mean much anyway. I'd suggest Yoga, then some deep breathing exercises.

    Better Obama wins some stupid award, then being the decider in chief who decides to send over 4,000 brave American soldiers to needless deaths over some weapons of mass destruction that...were...not...there.
  10. Standard member wittywonka
    Chocolate Expert
    11 Apr '11 02:06
    Originally posted by whodey
    How do you feel about Mr. Transparency? Does he deserve the award and if so, why?
    If you're upset because he received the award at a private meeting, then I think you're being ridiculous. Even as one of the most scrutinized people in the world, he still has a private life.

    If you're upset because he received the award in the context of some actions of his presidency, then I have a little more sympathy for you, although in the context of the actions of other presidencies, Obama has done a good job.
  11. 11 Apr '11 02:25 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by wittywonka
    If you're upset because he received the award at a private meeting, then I think you're being ridiculous. Even as one of the most scrutinized people in the world, he still has a private life.

    If you're upset because he received the award in the context of some actions of his presidency, then I have a little more sympathy for you, although in the context of the actions of other presidencies, Obama has done a good job.
    I'm not upset, I think it is one of the funniest things I have ever heard about. It is about as funny as Mr. Tomahawk missil winning a Nobel Peace Prize. I can't decide which one is funnier.

    Awards, by in large, are meaningless other then some political overature. That is, unless you think Obama also deserved the Nobel Peace Prize as well. In short, the Peace Prize was Europes attempt to sway Obama to do their bidding. Next thing you know the US is securing oil for Libya for them. Go figure.
  12. 11 Apr '11 02:33 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by FMF
    Why not decide for yourself?

    These are the transparency pressure groups that presented Obama with the award:

    Gary Bass - OMB Watch
    Tom Blanton - National Security Archive
    Danielle Brian - Project on Government Oversight
    Lucy Dalglish - Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
    Patrice McDermott - OpenTheGovernment.org

    Here are the links:

    http: ...[text shortened]... www.rcfp.org/index.php
    http://openthegovernment.org/

    Have a look and tell us what you think.
    Hmmm. I don't see Helen Thomas (life long democrat) on the list. She is the one who accused the President of controlling the media. In fact, she said that she had been covering the White House since JFK and had not seen such abuse of the media. In fact, she railed that Nixon did not even dare try to control the press like President Obama.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/node/50445#
  13. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    11 Apr '11 02:52
    Originally posted by whodey
    I don't see Helen Thomas (life long democrat) on the list.
    Helen Thomas is not on the list. If you're interested in why the above mentioned organisations gave Obama the award - although it's now clear that you're not - then you need to take a look at some of the links I provided.
  14. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    11 Apr '11 02:55
    Originally posted by whodey
    I'm not upset, I think it is one of the funniest things I have ever heard about.
    What specifically do you think is wrong - or funny - with someone receiving an award at a private meeting? Do you think that all the president's meetings should be open to the public?
  15. Subscriber Wajoma
    Die Cheeseburger
    11 Apr '11 04:22 / 1 edit
    Damn, there are some hype-sensitve pretentious self-righteous twhats around here that can't appreciate the irony of receiving a transparency award in private. There's no suggestion that all private awards must be received in public.

    Lighten up cry babies, don't take yourselves so seriously, the half dozen smileys and link to the daily show were lost on you.