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Obama’s 1st Exec Order – Open Government

On the six month anniversary of Mr. Obama’s ascension to power, we thought it might be amusing to remember his very first executive order:


SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government

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.

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.

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government’s effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government.

Government should be collaborative.  Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperate among themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within 120 days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive, to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum. The independent agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.


Yes, one can see how vigorously this has been carried out.

By the way, where are the celebrations of this six month anniversary, that is, apart from that from the Communist Party?

Where are the programs reviewing his successes from our watchdog media?

Are they afraid we might ask ourselves if we are better off now than we were six months ago?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Obama’s 1st Exec Order – Open Government”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Cue the crickets.

  2. proreason says:

    Quite a difference from the 100 days celebrations.

    Even the hollow-cheeked msm do-do birds know that the Moron’s left-of-Lenin throat-cram agenda is beginning to wake the American people up from their msm-induced hypnosis.

    Carny barkers are tolerable when you have $20 on the line, not so tolerable when it’s $20 trillion.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    I’ve gone half blind looking for the transparency this fool in commie clothing talked so much about. What I did find was more of the same ‘ol same old.

    I can find my drink glass in a dark room and mix a mean RBtini dlind brunk!! (that’s blind drunk for those not familiar with a “Famous” RBtini)
    Thanks be to Reality Bytes!!

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Rush Limbaugh pointed out this afternoon that certain republicrats are now openly and publicly using the word “failure” in referring to Blammo’s policies and programs.

    Of course, we’ve been doing it all along here on Steve’s awesome blog but that which has been obvious to all of us since before the iconic articulate magic negro’s meteoric skyrocket to godhood, he’s a liar and always has been. Always will be.

    It would appear that six months is a slow-turning point for many and by the year’s end, I’m thinking (and hoping) that this certifiably unqualified resident alien’s ability to get anything passed, let alone shoved down our throats will be thwarted.

    In a way, if it works the way I hope…it might be kinda fun to watch him lose that afro-sheen….little by little…and as was proven today…there are even democrats who aren’t that keen on some of his mis-doings.

    Hey Barry…..hang on to your boo-boo cuz the ride’s only begun. Here’s hoping it’s a lot tougher for you from here on out.


    Notice his use of the word “should”. This is a clever tactic actually. There is no commitment in the word “should”. It’s like saying “I might”. The words of commitment are “will, must, etc” Not “should”. So that leaves him an out. A safety play. No threat of being held accountable to his own statement….lawyerspeak for “I’m really a pussy”.

    • proreason says:

      Dick Morris said yesterday on Hannity (I think) that the Allies in WWII lost every battle, up to a point in 1942 when they won Al Alamein, Midway, and Stalingrad in the span of about two months. After that, they never lost a battle.

      An analogy doesn’t mean the venemous con artist will never cram anything down our throats again, but it’s sure great to know that even the fortunes of the worlds’ greatest military juggernaut turned on a dime.

      Hitler was considered a miracle worker until he was recognized as the devil incarnate. Of course, the Moron’s proven incompetance at everything he has ever tried to do hardly puts him in Adolf’s league, who actually was able to turn Germany from a dormat to a fire breathing monster in 10 years, except for the megalomainia. Where does the ambitious little boy get his supernova ego from anyway? Probably from the same people who put the words in his mouth.

    • U NO HOO says:

      Yep, should and shall made the difference in my vote at a Zoning Hearing Board meeting.

      Should gives him cover if it doesn’t happen.

  5. Don’t worry, Mr. Steve. The watch lapdogs will come out in late July & early August.

    Much like they did for GW Bush after his first 6 months:

    The NY Times predicting a flaccid, moderate president with hopes of avoiding “wealthy, big-business, monied interests;”

    or TIME Magazine declaring GW Bush ‘Person of the Week’, not because of any presidential accomplishment, but for “one of the most productive spin cycles of George W. Bush’s political career ” – and for leaving on vacation;

    or Business Week citing his lackluster performance with a ‘tax cut’ as the new president’s ‘only’ accomplishment.

    Who says the media is biased??

  6. canary says:

    ends “This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.”

    An executive order or a memo for those that just read headlines.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    “This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.”

    Why bother?


  8. canary says:

    Did he get that tie on his Cairo trip, or borrow it from Hillary or Pelosi? Is that a new Italian made watch on his wrist?

  9. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    Alright! Does this mean we will soon be viewing a real life, honest to goodness, birth certificate from the Won?

  10. suek says:

    >>if it’s true there may be hope.>>

    Sadly, unless Snopes has been compromised, it isn’t true.


  11. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Words. Just words.” … yup, mr. o-blah-blah. Yes.

  12. wirenut says:

    Executive Orders should only be in place during times of war, or for war purposes. In my book, executive orders would be rescinded or under citizen control. No vote, No congress, No debate, No law? Kingdoms are built of these.
    S**t-can the E.O with the B.O.!

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