The Obama Presidency - the shorter version
This is a great point from Ace of Spades HQ (wrapped in yet another [longer] Obamacare failure post)...
A government's institutional character is set by the President. The government largely adopts his personality -- and his pathologies.
In Obama's case, this means a predilection for secrecy, contempt for the normal processes of democratic government, a refusal to acknowledge "bad news," and a strong preference for lies over truth.