“That is why it is not enough to change parties. It is time to change our politics. We don’t need another President who puts politics and loyalty over candor…. We don’t need another President who shuts the door on the American people when they make policy. The American people are not the problem in this country – they are the answer. And it’s time we had a President who acted like that.
I will always tell the American people the truth…. It’s what I’m doing in this campaign. It’s what I’ll do as President. I’ll lead a new era of openness…. I’ll turn the page on a growing empire of classified information, and restore the balance we’ve lost between the necessarily secret and the necessity of openness in a democratic society by creating a new National Declassification Center. We’ll protect sources and methods, but we won’t use sources and methods as pretexts to hide the truth. Our history doesn’t belong to Washington, it belongs to America.”
– New Obama Administration policy on Freedom of Information, May 13, 2009