March 31st, 2011
08:49 AM ET

Obama accepts transparency award – press not invited

Remember that transparency award President Obama was supposed to receive March 16th? Yes, the one that praised his commitment to an "open and transparent government."

The event was initially billed by the White House as open to a limited press pool, but was postponed "due to changes to the President's schedule.”

Well, turns out the award was presented to the president on Monday – and, ironically, the press wasn't invited (only a White House videographer and photographer were present). The event didn't even make it on the president's public schedule.

Fortunately, three of the transparency advocates who presented Obama with the award have posted their accounts of the Oval Office meeting online.

The verdict? You be the judge.


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • transparency • White House