Nothing lost in translation on Biden dig
WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden promised a “fully transparent” task force to help the middle class. So why is the audience laughing?
Biden is leading a task force to look at how to improve economic realities for working families. And it will have its own Web site astrongmiddleclass.gov as the Obama administration presses on with its goal to use the Internet to communicate with the public.
“This task force, I might add — which, coming out of the vice president’s office, will be a bit unique — will be fully transparent, totally transparent,” Biden said.
“We are going to consult openly — openly and publicly with outside groups who can help us develop the most far-reaching and imaginative solutions to help us solve these problems and create the outcome we’re looking for,” Biden said.
“And we’ll put all the material from our meetings and any report we produc`e up on the Web site. None of this will happen behind closed doors. We want the American people engaged. We want them engaged from the outset,” he said.
All this talk about openness and transparency and no closed doors by the new vice president sounds a lot like a not so veiled dig at his predecessor, Dick Cheney, whom critics considered overly secretive.
The former vice president went to the Supreme Court to block adversaries from getting documents from an energy task force he headed.
And remember the undisclosed location?
Photo credit: Reuters/Molly Riley (Biden and Cheney at vice president’s residence)