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White House Visitors Log released 10/30/09

Posted by parrotpatriot on November 3, 2009

The list of 431 names of people who visited the White House between January 20 and July 31 includes only the names of those visitors who were specifically requested for release by outside organizations and watchdog groups. (Source)

Steve Elmendorf of Elmendorf Strategies (five times)

Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group, the fourth highest earning lobbying firm so far in 2009 (five times) and his wife Heather Podesta of Heather Podesta and Partners (three times)

John Podesta of the Center for American Progress, who ran the Obama transition, visited an astounding 17 times

George Clooney

Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt

Serena Williams

Oprah Winfrey

From (Apparently watchdog groups aren’t all that interested in celebrities because missing from this are this year’s other famous White House visitors, including Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Smits, Mary Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Tiger Woods, Eva Longoria, Gloria Estefan, Usher, Forest Whitaker and the Jonas Brothers.)

Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein

Citigroup’s Vikram Pandit

AIG’s Maurice Greenberg

JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon

Alan Greenspan visited the White House six times this year

Alan Greenspan, who is getting a lot of flak for his role in the economic recession, neverthless visited the White House six times this year. Some, such as Michael Jordan and R. Kelly, probably don’t mind sharing a name with someone more famous. But it’s likely to be tough doing business in Washington for “false positives” Williams Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.(Source)

Billy Clinton

John Edwards

“HHS Sec. nominee Tom Daschle visited nine times in January before withdrawing his nomination for unpaid taxes. Daschle must still be in good stead with the White House because he also visited twice this past summer.” (Source)

Sen. Ted Kennedy made seven visits to the White House in 2009, twice in late JulyTed Kennedy in bathing suit

Former Vice President Al Gore

Jesse Jackson, Sr. visited six times

Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros (four times)

Al Sharpton (twice)

Andrew Stern (22 times!!!!) Stern is president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once, in March

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Conservative religious leader Gary Bauer

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson

Chevron CEO David O’Reilly

Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis

John Stumpf of Wells Fargo

State Street bank’s Ron Logue

Morgan Stanley’s John Mack

State Street bank’s Ron Logue

BNY Mellon’s Robert Kelly

American Bankers Association CEO Ed Yingling

Community bankers president Camden Fine

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt ( is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC. One of NBC’s parents is GE.)

National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is interested in health policy

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

Former Gov. Howard Dean

Sen. Al Franken

Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf

Tennis star Serena Williams

Journalist Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner in economics

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.

The White House could have avoided some of that sort of confusion by providing more information on the visitors, such as an employer name and the city they hail from. For example, is the Shawn Carter who attended a poetry reading the same one who goes by Jay-Z and had campaigned for Obama?

“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.

Despite the accompanying White House claim of “transparency like you’ve never seen before,” the Obama White House continues to take the same legal position as the Bush White House, arguing that the records are not public records subject to the Freedom of Information Act. 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.
White House visitors log 10/30/09


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