I saw an announcement on TV this afternoon from President Obama. Boy, did I get a powerful feeling of deja vu:
Bill Clinton came to
Washington promising there would be no stain on his administration - it would be free of graft, corruption or any hint of wrongdoing. The highest ethical standards would be applied rigorously. Nominees for Cabinet posts would be expected to meet stringent codes of conduct, boasted the president's then-transition director Warren Christopher. There would be no Iran-Contra or Watergate scandals to poison the Clinton presidency. Four days after the election the president-elect promised "the most ethical administration in the history of the Republic."
-- Washington Times, April 17, 1995
In a memorandum to the heads of government departments and agencies, Bush said employees should not use public office for private gain. They should disclose waste, fraud, abuse and corruption to appropriate authorities."Everyone who enters into public service for the United States has a duty to the American people to maintain the highest standards of integrity in government," Mr. Bush said in the memo.
The memo, released less than two hours after Mr. Bush took the oath of office as America's 43rd president, followed Mr. Bush's campaign pledge to "restore honor and dignity" to the White House after the ethical lapses and scandals of the Clinton administration.