A post by Pat
UPDATE: Perfect! Sunshine Award Event Postponed for Unspecified Reasons
You might not think so reading the headlines but this is Sunshine Week. In accordance, Obama will take time from his hectic schedule of golf and sporting event prognostication to accept an award. At first I thought the award would be for acting as though nothing serious is happening, but no. The award is from a group of journalists promoting government transparency. Are we surprised that accepting this award is the only part of the President’s schedule open to the press today?
President Obama’s only event at the White House that isn’t closed to the press on Wednesday is a ceremony in which he’ll accept an award for being open to the press.
According to his public schedule, Obama has four behind-closed-doors meetings from 10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.: his daily briefing, a talk with the USAID administrator, a session with senior advisers, and a huddle with his defense secretary. All of the meets are in the Oval Office, and all of them are “closed press,” the White House says.
But at 2:55 p.m., Obama will emerge to “accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates to recognize ‘his deep commitment to an open and transparent government—of, by, and for the people’ in conjunction with Sunshine Week,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.
We wonder if he’ll even take a question from the press pool, a practice Obama seems to have grown to hate.
Sunshine Week as a national effort is spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors. The key funder has been the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with significant support from ASNE Foundation. In 2011, The Gridiron Club and Foundation contributed $10,000.
Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why.
Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
Let a smile be your umbrella President Obama. The storm is gathering.