Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Joe Biden spent a quarter of his first year as president in Delaware   By  Steven Nelson  January 17, 2022

President Biden spent 28 percent of his first year as commander-in-chief back home in Delaware, worrying transparency advocates who note that he exempted his homes from visitor log disclosure.

Biden, who returns to the White House on Monday night from his house in Wilmington, simply likes being home, his press representatives say.

But critics are concerned about who may be seeking to influence public policy while paying Biden or his family a visit.

“Generally speaking, the American people have a right to know what the president is up to. This president specifically changed policy to presumably disclose who’s been visiting the White House,” said Tom Fitton, president of conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which for years has battled for White House visitor log transparency.The press secretary confirms the White House will not share who visited President Biden’s Delaware home.REUTERS

“The decision to keep secret who is visiting Delaware makes a mockery of that transparency. It turns it into a joke,” Fitton said.

Biden spent at least part of 101 days of his first year in office in Delaware — almost always at either his primary residence in Wilmington or his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach.

Critics believe they have the right to know whom President Biden invites into his Delaware home, but he disagrees.Pete Marovich – Pool via CNP / M

Despite vowing to lead the most transparent administration yet, Biden is increasingly taking flak for being out of public view while giving fewer interviews and press conferences than predecessors. He will give his second solo White House press conference Wednesday — the final day of his first year in office.

The Biden White House initially applauded itself last year for resuming the partial release of visitor logs, saying in May, “These logs give the public a look into the visitors entering and exiting the White House campus for appointments, tours, and official business — making good on President Biden’s commitment to restore integrity, transparency, and trust in government.”

1 comment:

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

I remember when Barak Obama said he would have the most transparent administration, ever.