In the earliest days of his administration, Barack Obama held a press conference to congratulate himself. He said that any former lobbyists entering his administration would be forbidden from working on any matter for which they had lobbied. Likewise, anyone who left his administration would be forbidden from lobbying his administration. All of this came crashing down yesterday when Barack Obama wished to make an exception out of a defense lobbyist. When confronted by reporters regarding the matter, the new president said that if they were going to grill him (instead of, presumably, ingratiating him) when he came down to visit, that he would stick to answering questions during press conferences. Obama, it seems, is aware of his administration’s immediate internal contradiction. The new attempts at ethics reform shuttle on.