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Obama Reveals (Only) 100 WH Visitors

From MSNBC:

Obama names 110 White House visitors

The White House on Friday released a small list of visitors to the White House since President Barack Obama took office in January, including lobbyists, business executives, activists and celebrities.

No previous administration has released such a list, though the information out so far is incomplete. Only about 110 names —and 481 visits —out of the tens of thousands who have visited the Obama White House were made public

Under the Obama White House’s policy, most names of visitors from Inauguration Day in January through the end of September will never be released. The White House says it plans to release most of the names of visitors from October on, and that release is due near the end of the year. ..

The names released Friday include business leaders and lobbyists with a lot to gain or lose from Obama policies. They include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (whose foundation is pushing for changes in teacher pay), former AIG chairman Maurice Greenberg, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Chevron CEO David O’Reilly, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, JP Morgan’s James Dimon, Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis, labor leader Andrew Stern of the Service Employees International Union, American Bankers Association CEO Ed Yingling, community bankers president Camden Fine, and lobbyists Heather and Anthony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta led Obama’s transition team.

Advocates and nonprofit leaders include National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is interested in health policy.

Democratic donor and businessman George Soros visited with White House aides twice

Celebrities at the White House include Oprah Winfrey (who was there to interview Obama), actors George Clooney and Denzel Washington, and tennis star Serena Williams. Journalists include Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner in economics.

Religious Right leader Gary Bauer visited, as did civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Besides Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt are also on the list. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC. One of NBC’s parents is GE.)

The White House warns that many names that may appear familiar — and controversial — do not in fact refer to the most famous people to carry those names. Jeremiah Wright is on the list, but it’s not the president’s former pastor. This Michael Jordan is not the basketball player. This Michael Moore is not a filmmaker. The William Ayers who took a group tour of the White House isn’t the former radical from Chicago who figured so prominently in the 2008 campaign. And the Angela Davis on the list has a different middle initial than the activist and former fugitive

“This unprecedented level of transparency can sometimes be confusing rather than providing clear information,” a White House special counsel, Norm Eisen, wrote on the White House blog.

Only limited “voluntary releases” are being made to settle a lawsuit filed by an advocacy group, though a federal judge has twice ruled that all the visitor logs are public.

What was released Friday were just about 110 names with 481 visits. Those names were among those requested by members of the public so far, for visits during the period from Inauguration Day through July. (That’s why we know of visits by the wrong Bill Ayers, the wrong Angela Davis, etc., but we don’t know of visits by countless unnamed lobbyists.)

A request for the complete records of all visitors from the first months of the administration, filed by msnbc.com, remains open.

This is a followup on a news story we have been following for some time.

Some of the (real) names on the list:

STERN ANDREW L 4/13/2009 4:05:49 PM 4/13/2009 5:16:45 PM JENNIFER CANNISTRA 3 OEOB 196

STERN ANDREW MAX DOEBLER 299 OEOB 350 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LUNCH IN THE EEOB.

STERN ANDREW L 2/18/2009 2:22:14 PM 2/18/2009 4:27:01 PM RAHM EMANUEL 2 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 2/9/2009 1:58:31 PM 2/9/2009 4:02:24 PM RON KLAIN 3 OEOB 276

STERN ANDREW L 3/10/2009 11:15:57 AM 3/10/2009 12:55:15 PM RON KLAIN 8 OEOB 276

STERN ANDREW L 6/13/2009 9:30:00 AM VISITORS OFFICE 543 WH RESIDENCE GROUP TOURS

STERN ANDREW L 4/13/2009 1:53:09 PM 4/13/2009 2:45:04 PM PETER ORSZAG 4 OEOB 252

STERN ANDREW L 2/18/2009 7:34:15 PM POTUS 10 WH BLUEROOM

STERN ANDREW L 2/23/2009 12:30:00 PM POTUS 59 WH EASTROOM MEETING

STERN ANDREW L POTUS 14 WH EASTROOM THIS IS FOR THE HEALTH CARE SUMMIT

STERN ANDREW L POTUS 22 WH ROOSEVELT HEALTH CARE MEETING

STERN ANDREW L 5/26/2009 10:00:00 AM POTUS 136 WH EASTROOM EVENT AROUND SCOTUS

STERN ANDREW L 7/13/2009 1:08:50 PM 7/13/2009 2:39:57 PM POTUS 14 WH WW LABOR LEADERS MEETING

STERN ANDREW L 2/13/2009 1:56:08 PM 2/13/2009 7:30:35 PM KRISTIN SHEEHY 7 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 3/24/2009 5:28:32 PM 3/24/2009 9:28:36 PM KRISTIN SHEEHY 3 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 4/15/2009 6:29:32 PM 4/15/2009 7:33:58 PM KRISTIN SHEEHY 5 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 5/12/2009 5:23:56 PM 5/12/2009 6:20:13 PM KRISTIN SHEEHY 5 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 6/1/2009 1:56:44
PM 6/1/2009 3:15:11 PM KRISTIN SHEEHY 4 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 7/7/2009 5:30:53 PM 7/7/2009 6:35:57 PM KRISTIN SHEEHY 5 WH WW

STERN ANDREW L 2/4/2009 3:15:41 PM TINA TCHEN 215 WH EW BILL SIGNING.

STERN ANDREW L 4/15/2009 8:58:09 AM VPOTUS 43 OEOB 350 VPOTUS EVENT

Andrew L. “Andy” Stern (born November 22, 1950), is the president[3] of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in the Americas.

And:

SOROS GEORGE 2/25/2009 2:01:41 PM DAVID LIPTON 4 OEOB 248

SOROS GEORGE 3/25/2009 10:27:31 AM 3/25/2009 2:04:23 PM DAVID LIPTON 3 OEOB 374

SOROS GEORGE LARRY SUMMERS 3 WH WW

SOROS GEORGE 3/24/2009 4:17:04 PM TINA TCHEN 142 OEOB 450

And:

LAMARCHE GARA 2/5/2009 11:27:52 AM 2/5/2009 3:08:38 PM VALERIE JARRETT 4 WH WW

LAMARCHE GARA 2/18/2009 7:00:00 PM POTUS 31 WH BLUEROOM OPL COCKTAIL PARTY

LaMarche served as Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Institute (OSI), a foundation established by philanthropist George Soros

And:

KEENAN NANCY MAX DOEBLER 299 OEOB 350 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LUNCH IN THE EEOB

KEENAN NANCY A 2/18/2009 7:00:00 PM POTUS 31 WH BLUEROOM OPL COCKTAIL PARTY

KEENAN NANCY 3/11/2009 12:30:00 PM POTUS 87 WH EASTROOM EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNING

KEENAN NANCY 5/26/2009 10:00:00 AM POTUS 136 WH EASTROOM EVENT AROUND SCOTUS

KEENAN NANCY A 2/11/2009 10:56:33 AM 2/11/2009 12:30:12 PM TINA TCHEN 9 OEOB 430A

KEENAN NANCY A 4/23/2009 12:50:32 PM 4/23/2009 3:14:34 PM TINA TCHEN 8 OEOB 472

KEENAN NANCY A 6/4/2009 11:45:07 AM STEPHANIE VALENCIA 44 OEOB 350 SUPREME COURT OUTREACH

KEENAN NANCY A BUFFY WICKS 12 OEOB 350

Nancy Keenan (born February 14, 1952) is the current president of the United States-based reproductive rights organization NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Remember how Mr. Obama used to say during the campaign: “judge me by the people with whom I surround myself”?

And this is the the tip of the iceberg. The names he was willing (albeit grudgingly) to reveal.

(Thanks to TerryAnne for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Reveals (Only) 100 WH Visitors”

  1. TerryAnne says:

    From none other than MSNBC:

    Obama names 110 White House visitors

    The White House on Friday released a small list of visitors to the White House since President Barack Obama took office in January, including lobbyists, business executives, activists and celebrities…

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33556933/

    Not many surprises here. However, I have to question this:

    (That’s why we know of visits by the wrong Bill Ayers, the wrong Angela Davis, etc., but we don’t know of visits by countless unnamed lobbyists.)

    Huh?!?

    • Steve says:

      “(That’s why we know of visits by the wrong Bill Ayers, the wrong Angela Davis, etc., but we don’t know of visits by countless unnamed lobbyists.)

      Huh?!?”

      MSNBC is (rightfully) complaining that the (snide) Obama administration released all of these nonsense names from the parade of tourists traipsing through the White House, but not all the names of the lobbyists and other power brokers who really matter — and who were the real goal of their lawsuit.

  2. VMAN says:

    I wonder if he was visited by the wrong Fidel Castro or the wrong Hugo Chavez?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Is this the ‘TRANSPARENCY’ we are suppose to see through?

    Adolph, Mao. Joesph, Karl, Fidel, Mussolini, Hirohito, Genghis, Nero, Attila, ect….ect must be on the no show list.

    No big surprise here, eh kiddies?

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I think it would be a real hoot to go visit the White House and just sign “Satan”.

    However, as much as I can respect a certain amount of privacy to who comes and goes from the Casa Blanca, a certain amount of fairness must be involved. That is to say, if you keep company with thugs and thieves and very bad people, you will thusly be judged by similar scales.

    I do believe though, that Americans do have the ability to turn around and see the light. I am and have been hearing from even my most liberal of acquaintances that they are not liking the actions of GovCo. And if liberals can see it, it’s not a far throw that moderates are most likely already fed up. So maybe there is “hope” for some “change” after all.

    But, seems a bit slow to look for corks when there are already so many holes in the boat.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      That’s why God gave us 8 fingers and 2 thumbs each.
      Together, we can plug the holes shot into the boat of Freedom and save us all from the drowning these Foxtrot Bravos have foisted upon us!

      All others can man the bucket brigade and bail.
      God help us!


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