Change and transparency were the key planks to the Obama campaign.  Now two years later,  Obama has been recognized by the National Freedom Of Information Day Conference in a private ceremony for making government more transparent.

President Barack Obama on Monday accepted an award celebrating transparency in government in a meeting closed to the press.

"Our understanding going into the meeting was that it would have a pool photographer and a print reporter, and it turned out to be a private meeting," said Gary Bass of OMB watch, among four others who attended the meeting at the Oval Office in the White House, according to Politico.

"He was so on point, so on target in the conversation with us, it is baffling why he would not want that message to be more broadly heard by reporters and the public interest community and the public generally."