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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Axelrod didn’t have to go all the way back to Nixon to find a secretive chief executive.

Hypocrisy, thy name is David Axelrod.

President Obama’s senior campaign adviser last week called Mitt Romney “the most secretive candidate we’ve seen probably since Richard Nixon,” citing Romney having assets in offshore accounts.

Amazingly, Axelrod said this just two weeks after his client invoked executive privilege — a term practically synonymous with Nixon and Watergate — to block the release of subpoenaed documents in the “Fast and Furious” scandal.

Across the board, this White House is arguably the most secretive since, well, since you-know-who.

* The administration has used the 1917 Espionage Act six times to prosecute federal whistleblowers who leaked information to the media — twice the number brought in the entire previous 95 years.
* Despite a declaration that lobbyists wouldn’t have special access, White House staffers met with lobbyists off official property to avoid being forced to list them on visitor logs (the same logs that the White House had to be sued into making public).

* The details of ObamaCare were hashed out in private — despite candidate Obama’s pledge to do it in public proceedings.


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