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Talking Points Memo: Does the President Have an Obligation to Tell Us the Truth?

President Obama touted transparency when he first took office and said he’d be a leader the American people could trust. Tonight in Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo, he said, “We have a very embarrassing situation for Barack Obama."

Robert Gibbs recently revealed that when he was White House press secretary, he was told he couldn’t acknowledge the drone program or even discuss its existence. “But here’s what’s inherently crazy

about that proposition. You’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists,” Gibbs said Sunday on MSNBC.

O’Reilly said the American people have a right to know about what is being done in their name. That doesn’t mean the government needs to reveal specifics, but rather the philosophy of combat operations.

“If Dana Perino has said publicly that President Bush had ordered her not to give information about an important program, it would’ve been a front page story in The New York Times and every liberal paper in the country,” the Factor host said.

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