Open Government Directive: Better late than never

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When President Obama took office, he promised a government with increased "transparency, participation, and collaboration." Only today has he followed up on the pledge.

Obama sent the head of every federal department and agency an "Open Government Directive" on how agencies should achieve his goal. Watchdog groups are reportedly "cautiously optimistic."

Unfortunately, Obama's announcement includes this awkward, 36-minute web video. I don't recommend it, and yet the sheen from the jacket on the far right is strangely mesmerizing and the initial stumbling by the guy on the left is mildly amusing. It's also interesting to watch how uncomfortable the guy in the center gets when it becomes clear that he's not going to talk until, approximately, the 10-minute mark because the stumbler won't shut up. But, hey, open government!

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