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Obama's transparency record appears cloudy

The president acknowledges that healthcare negotiations have fallen short of his standard for openness. He says it was a 'messy process.'

Publication: Los Angeles Times

Peter Nicholas
February 1, 2010

Reporting from Washington - One casualty of President Obama's first year in office: the notion that he would transform a political system mired in gridlock and secrecy, opening a window to the legislative process. That hasn't happened. Instead of healthcare negotiations broadcast on C-SPAN, as candidate Obama famously promised, the fate of the landmark bill is being hashed out in private on Capitol Hill. And recent polls indicate that the public has lowered its expectations about the prospect of a more open government.