President Barack Obama would hardly be honoring his pledge for more transparent government if he's inaugurated in private. That's the take of Commentary's Alana Goodman, about the proposal floating now to swear in the president on Sun., Jan. 20 behind closed doors. Obama would then take part in a formal inauguration ceremony at the Capitol that Monday.
"The White House Correspondents Association has reason to be concerned," Goodman writes. "While Obama's second oath of office in 2009 (if you remember, he had to do it twice) wasn't completely closed to the media, only four reporters were allowed to attend."
Inauguration Day falling on a Sunday is hardly unprecedented. Mathematically it's bound to happen once every 28 years. Indeed, Ronald Reagan's second inauguration was held privately on Sun., Jan. 20, 1985, and publicly the next day.
But it's different for the current president, Goodman suggests. "This issue seems more about principle than anything else, since Obama hasn't exactly followed through on his vow to run a more transparent administration. It's about time the press finally started calling him out on it."