The Sequester and 4 Other Times Washington Jumped the Shark

A significant part of Obama's appeal during the 2008 campaign was his promise to change how business is done in Washington, particularly limiting the influence of special interests and money in politics.

But as ProPublica's Justin Elliott deftly noted in January, Obama has gone back on many of the pledges he made during his campaign and his presidency on issues such as public funding of elections, super PACs and corporate spending on politics.

The White House, however, has consistently claimed that this administration is the "most transparent" in history, citing things like increased access to visitor records and other documents, as well as efforts to engage the public. But journalists have consistently questioned whether the White House has been forthcoming on other issues, such as sensitive document requests.

As the old saying goes: The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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