How novel–a president who favors transparency over secrecy, openness over furtiveness, the rule of law over the rule of executive power. One of President Obama’s first acts was to order federal agencies to “adopt a presumption in favor” of requests under the Freedom of Information Act. His next act was to order recommendations to improve federal government transparency. As reported in the Washington Post President Obama wrote–
The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears . . . In responding to requests under the FOIA, executive branch agenciesshould act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation, recognizing that such agencies are servants of the public.
Servants of the public. What a transformational concept.