On December 17, 2008, The Washington Post reported that then President-elect Barrack Obama nominated Senator Ken Salazar as the new Secretary of the Interior,
"In response to questions, Obama said the Interior Department has been 'deeply troubled' under the Bush administration and 'too often has been seen as an appendage of commercial interests as opposed to a place where the values and interests of the American people are served.'... 'I also want an Interior Department that, very frankly, cleans up its act,' Obama said. 'There have been too many problems and too much emphasis on big-time lobbyists in Washington and not enough emphasis on what’s good for the American people, and that’s going to change under Ken Salazar.'" (emphasis added)Unfortunately, more than three years later, the Interior Department is still "deeply troubled" under the Obama Administration and not focused on "what's good for the American people," and no where is this more prevalent than with the management of the Interior Department's National Park Service bureau, including for example, at these iconic parks:
- Independence National Historical Park in Pennsylvania involving the dispute between the NPS and the NPS's agent - the Independence Visitor Center Corporation with The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and the Triangle X Ranch
- National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. with the Tourmobile
- Point Reyes National Seashore in California with the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm
- Mount Rainier National Park in Washington with Rainier Mountaineering Inc.
- Grand Canyon in Arizona with The Coca-Cola Company