Asked why the Obama White House chose to stick with a Bush-era legal interpretation that favored secrecy to openness, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro responded with a written statement.
"The Administration has already taken steps to restore a new level of accountability and transparency to government," Shapiro wrote, "and we are reviewing ways to continue to increase transparency."
Obama's position on openness for his own operations stands in contrast with his campaign rhetoric. On the trail, Obama promised "[the] Most Transparent and Accountable Administration in History," as his communications staff put it.
"More and more, the real business of our democracy isn't done in town halls or public meetings or even in the open halls of Congress," he told an Iowa audience in 2007. "Decisions are made in closed-door meetings, or with the silent stroke of the President's pen, or because some lobbyist got some Congressman to slip his pet project into a bill during the dead of night. We have to take the blinders off the White House."