What seems odd to me here, is the baseline assumption that everything a high official does in office should be a matter of public record.
The US Freedom of Information Act became law in 1966. Since then, who hasn't had at least one "scandal" that centres on "the top dogs trying, often clumsily, to keep their laundry private"?
- Nixon - 'nuff said
- Ford, Carter - actually these two were pretty clean, and much good it did them.
- Reagan, Bush - Iran/Contra
- Clinton - Whitewater, Lewinsky
- Bush - misrepresentations leading to the Iraq war. See also "Snowden, E."
- Obama - Snowden
The US hasn't had a decent president since 1960. If the purpose of the FoIA is to improve governance, it's clearly not only "not working", but actually counterproductive. Just repeal it already and give the executive branch their privacy back. (That is to say, let them work under the same rules that Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower worked under.) We'll all be better off if we don't have to spend months at a time fixating on this kind of crap.