How open will the Obama administration be?

National Public Radio had a story this morning speculating on how open the new Barack Obama administration will be. The story quotes former University of Alabama student (and friend) Christi Parsons, who covered the state legislature in Springfield for the Chicago Tribune when Obama was a state senator.

The gist of the story is that when he was in Springfield, Obama understood the press and conducted himself in an open manner.

But will that translate into an open presidency? Probably not, although we may finally see a president with the self-confidence of a John Kennedy in dealing with the press.

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