Posted by Brad @ 6:20 pm on January 21st 2009

Quote of the Day

In his remarks to incoming senior staff and cabinet secretaries today, Obama had a lot to say about ethics, including this:

Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so. It will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution.

Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.

That is significant in its own right. But note too the inclusion of “or a former President”.


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