'He understands the award to be "aspirational," in recognition of Obama's potential to do more on the transparency front'

“And in that sense, one could say it resembles the award at the Nobel Peace Prize,” Aftergood said. “It’s not because Obama brought peace to anyone but because people hoped he would be a force for good in the world, and maybe that’s the way to understand this award.”

That’s Steve Aftergood from the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists reacting to Obama being awarded a transparency award… secretly.

Politico has more:

obama_secrecy.jpgJust hours before the White House put off the original event, White House press secretary Jay Carney was defiant in his defense of Obama’s transparency record against criticism that it might have been premature.

“This president has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and openness that is greater than any administration has shown in the past, and he’s been committed to that since he ran for President and he’s taken a significant number of measures to demonstrate that,” Carney said in a testy exchange with Fox News reporter Wendell Goler on March 16.

The transparency advocates who presented the award to Obama say that the recognition is important, because despite the work left to be done, Obama has done a lot to change the government’s posture toward openness issues.

Just as he’s done a lot to promote peace in the Middle East.

Just as he’s done a lot to stimulate the economy.

Just as he’s done a lot for job growth.

Just as he’s done a lot for race relations in America.

Just as he’s done a lot to boost America’s standing with her allies.

Just as he’s done a lot to garner more respect for the United States from other nation states.

Just as he’s done a lot to reign in the deficit.

Just as he’s done a lot to define NASA’s mission.

Just as he’s done a lot to reduce our dependence on Arab oil.

Just as he’s done a lot to promote bipartisanship.

Just as he’s done a lot to unite the American people.

He’s should go down in history as the most effective, productive President in history.  Because he has so much potential.

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