Sunshine Week: Obama has mixed record on open government

March 11, 2013 3:54 PM

Opinion from Buffalo News:

WASHINGTON – It began, as politics often does, with a promise.

“My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government,” President Obama said shortly after his inauguration four years ago.

That was then. How about now?

As Obama moves into his second term and the nation begins “Sunshine Week,” the newspaper industry’s annual effort to promote openness in the public sphere, it seems like a good time to assess whether the president has kept that promise.