January 21st, 2009
01:32 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama issues executive orders on ethics

President Obama spoke about transparency in government on his first full day in office.
President Obama spoke about transparency in government on his first full day in office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Promising "a new era of openness in our country," President Barack Obama signed several executive orders Wednesday relating to ethics guidelines for staff members of his administration.

"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency," Obama said.

Among other things, Obama said he would issue a pay freeze for his senior staff.

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  1. Darko

    TRANSPARENCY??? Official birth certificate would be a great start.

    January 21, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Darko

    Joyce in Indiana –

    That certificate that they presented was useless. Certificate of live birth is NOT an official birth certificate. Hawaii issued them to anyone at that time. This is a known fact and Obama has had his legal team suppressing this for months now. Why? Just show it...

    January 21, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Gerda Edwards

    "After a man left office with a 22% approval rating?"

    From the CBS and NY Times. USA Today/Gallup has it at 34%. But that would take someone with ethics to blog the whole story, rather than just the part that supports their opinion of Bush.

    January 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Rj5000

    Thank God we have a President that can speak the english language. I still shiver when I think of Sarah NUCULAR Palin being anywhere near the White House.

    January 21, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Chris from NY

    Boy, was I happy to see this guy speak with the presidential seal on his podioum. God can do the unimaginable.

    January 21, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. No Tax Cheat for Treasury

    "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." What about Geithner? Is he above the law????

    January 21, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. ck

    Ethics??? ROFL

    January 21, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. budburgoonclark

    HURRAY!

    Barack Hussein Obama is the President for the next four years.

    HOPEFULLY he'll be Presidentfor the next EIGHT years.

    Then maybe Mrs. Obama will run (!).

    Michelle Obama vs. Sarah Palin in 2016 ... THAT would be a comedian's DREAM ...

    "A Harvard lawyer vs. Alaska's Annie Oakley - The Rematch"

    January 21, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Sick of the media

    Sue Clark –

    Hero's tend to appear when they are appointed. People need to stop drinking the Kool Aid, he is not the messiah.

    January 21, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Paul

    You're right; Obama is a Chicago politician. Before we start praising his temporary pay freeze (remember, we don't have a timeline) let's hope he maintains his call for governmental transparency. Obviously, that's already fallen by the wayside with Mr. Geithner.

    Sounds like a broken promise to me...

    January 21, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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