Monday, November 24th, 2014

Palin says transparency meeting was behind closed doors

In her speech to the Tea Party convention, Palin said Vice President Joe Biden's meeting "with the transparency and accountability board . . . was closed to the public."
In her speech to the Tea Party convention, Palin said Vice President Joe Biden's meeting "with the transparency and accountability board . . . was closed to the public."

Attendees of the recent Tea Party convention gave a rousing reception to Sarah Palin -- especially when she talked about transparency surrounding President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus package.

"Our administration promised that it would be good stewards of taxpayer dollars," Palin said on Feb. 6, 2010, in Nashville.

Palin noted that the administration had promised openness and transparency, but said that Vice President Joe Biden recently met with the stimulus transparency board behind closed doors.

"I tried to look into that transparency thing, but Joe's meetings with the transparency and accountability board? It was closed to the public. Yup, they held a transparency meeting behind closed doors," she said.

There's something ironic about a transparency meeting being held in private, so we wondered whether Palin was correct. We found it wasn't a meeting of the board, but a meeting between Biden and the panel's chairman.