“Obama blasted Hillary’s secrecy in 2007,” the Weekly Standard reminds readers this week:
As the White House claims that it was caught off-guard by the Clinton email scandal, or that President Obama didn’t realize that his emails to [email protected] weren’t landing on State Department servers, it would be good to remind them: you told us so.
Because in 2007, then-Senator Obama loudly criticized then-Senator Clinton for her failure to turn over government documents — not State Department emails, but thousands of pages of White House documents held by the Clinton Presidential Library and National Archives, for which President Clinton had instructed archivists not to release to documents until 2012.
The Clintons released the documents eventually, but only after a protracted delay. In the meantime, Hillary’s responses to criticism then sounded all too much like her responses to criticism today: she blamed the delay on government bureaucracy; she disclaimed any ability to expedite the process; and she said that she really wanted those slow bureaucrats to disclose the documents soon.
Today, President Obama is doing all he can to avoid the issue. But in October 2007, he was practically jumping at the chance to shine a spotlight on it. So much so that when Tim Russert raised the issue at a Democratic presidential candidates’ debate, Obama raised his hand and eagerly criticized not just that specific controversy but also the broader problems that the controversy portended.
Hillary’s intense need for secrecy does sound pretty darn Orwellian, doesn’t it, Barry? A reminder that when it comes to Hillary, we should “vote different,” if given the chance:
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Update: And speaking of fun flashbacks!
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) March 14, 2015
I wonder if Podesta had a vodka bottle or two thrown at him this week.