He Said, She Said: Open Your Records

An AP Piece takes a look at all the US Presidential candidates and their various positions on past records they may or may not have. They focus mainly on Barack Obama, who's been scolding Hillary Rodham Clinton for not hastening the release of records from her time as first lady. Obama says he hasn't got any. John Edwards says he will release the records from his single term representing North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. Clinton's papers, held at the National Archives and Records Administration, are being held.

Republicans across the country are encouraging voters to sign up for a "Clinton library card," a publicity stunt to highlight the dispute over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House records.


Ironically for Republicans, the Clintons are taking advantage of an executive order President Bush issued in 2001: Executive Order 13233. The Washington Post had a nice article about this earlier in the month: Is Hillary Responsible for the 'Library Lockdown'?

Aren't all the papers held or released at the discretion of the President, whether they are the First Lady's, Second Lady(???) or what have you?

Library Lockdown Continues. Clintons 'Tightly Control' Release Of Hillary's Records; Inaccurately Blame White House For Backlog"
--Republican National Committee Press Release, October 22, 2007

Ah, now that's redolent of eau du barnyard.

Sorry, kiddies, but Clinton is not the president, Bush is. Bush is in charge, it's his fault, and, in particular, it is his executive order and it gives him authority over the all previous administration documents beyond what authority any former president might want to exercise.

Oh, and someone should ask the RNC just where all those NBCWs are that they asserted were, beyond any doubt, in Iraq. Where they lying then, or are they lying now, or do they just lie all the time?

Save the easily offended: ban everything.

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