Obama promises vast ethics reforms

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Trump hits Romney for Mueller criticism Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (Ill.) vowed Friday to initiate the country’s “most sweeping ethics reform” on the day he takes office.

“When I am president, I will make it absolutely clear that working in an Obama administration is not about serving your former employer, your future employer or your bank account — it’s about serving your country, and that’s what comes first, ” Obama said in Manchester, N.H.

Obama outlined a plan that he said he hopes will curtail the influence of lobbyists. The Illinois senator proposes to curb the abuse of no-bid contracts, put in place a gift ban, increase transparency in government and hire people based on their qualification and not their ideology.

“It’s time to renew a people’s politics in this country — to ensure that the hopes and concerns of average Americans speak louder in Washington than the hallway whispers of high-priced lobbyists,” Obama said.

He promised to give Americans time to review non-emergency bills submitted for his signature.

“When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it,” Obama pledged. “When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we won’t be going to the Supreme Court to keep it secret like Dick Cheney and his energy task force; we’ll be putting them up on the Internet for every American to watch.”