Secondo Geoffrey R. Stone, collega di Barack Obama alla facoltà di legge dell'Università di Chicago e chairman del board dell'American Costituition Society, il presidente non è riuscito a tener fede alle sue promesse di una Casa Bianca più aperta e con meno segreti rispetto a quella di George W. Bush.
As a longtime supporter and colleague of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, as well as an informal adviser to his 2008 campaign, I had high hopes that he would restore the balance between government secrecy and government transparency that had been lost under George W. Bush, and that he would follow through on his promise, as a candidate, to promote openness and public accountability in government policy making. It has not quite worked out that way. While Mr. Obama has taken certain steps, notably early in his administration, to scale back some of the Bush-era excesses, in other respects he has shown a disappointing willingness to continue in his predecessor’s footsteps.
New York Times