Since Barack Obama took over as President of the United States, there has been a lot of talk about transparency in the White House. At the suggestion of a friend, I mailed a copy of my book Radically Transparent: Monitoring & Managing Reputations Online to the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. I hoped the book would be of use to Gibbs–and it didn’t hurt that he was an NC State Alumni. 😉
Anyway, a couple of months later the signed copy of the book was returned to me, along with this letter:
While I’m dissappointed the book was returned, I am somewhat blown away by the integrity of the President’s chief communications guy. Not even accepting something as benign as a $20 book–less it suggest any conflict of interest–makes a pretty bold statement about his integrity, don’t you think?