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Transparency or Show Business?

President-elect Obama made extensive use of technology during the campaign. Now he's taking his tech savvy from the campaign to the transition.

This week, President-elect Obama's transition website,, posted a video with the headline "Inside the Transition: Meet members of the Energy & Environment Policy Transition Team." It's part of President-elect Obama's pledge for more transparency in government.

But how transparent can government really be? Can government officials be candid when they realize there's a camera rolling? Do they really want you see how the sausage is made? We want your opinion. Watch the videos, and then answer this question: Is this true-to-life transparency, or is it show business?

Here is another video: Inside the Transition: Your thoughts on energy and the environment: