November 25th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

More details of White House visitors released

The White House released more of its visitor logs Wednesday.
The White House released more of its visitor logs Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - Did 007 visit the White House? How about Air Jordan, or rock guitarist Warren Haynes?

A list of White House visitors released Wednesday provided those intriguing possibilities, with a catch.

In the case of Jordan, it was someone who shares the same name as the basketball legend, rather than Michael himself, according to a White House blog post by Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform.

There was no immediate response to a CNN query about whether the Roger Moore on the list was indeed the actor best known for his James Bond movies, or if the Warren Haynes who visited is the guy who jams with the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, the Dead and others.

The list of more than 2,000 White House visits covered the period from President Barack Obama's inauguration in January through August. It was the second release of visitor names under Obama's unprecedented step of making such information public as part of an effort to improve transparency.

"Today's release advances the president's historic commitment to increasing government transparency and openness," said Eisen's blog post.

Overall, the information showed that Cabinet members don't stop by as often as expected, while celebrity visitors have included Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and possibly Moore.

Eisen's post noted that another Moore on the list, first name Michael, is not the creator of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and other films.

Political figures included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (four times), former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta (seven times) and former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell (twice).

Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, a key figure in the congressional debate on a health care overhaul bill, made a visit, and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who filled the seat of Hillary Clinton when she became secretary of state, dropped in five times.

Another frequent visitor was General Electric Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt (six times), while CNN's Wolf Blitzer made three visits.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    It is good to see former Secretary of State Powell's name on the list.

    I do not recall the former occupant of the White House releasing a list of visitors.

    November 25, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Albo58

    After that fine menu selection, I don't expect a lot of those guests will be coming back for next state dinner! Matter-of-fact, I heard that the Indian guest-of-honor and his wife were seen at a Taco Bell take-out window later that night!

    November 25, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. SOL

    If this list was the passenger list for a cruise called "The White House", it would be a ship of fools.

    November 25, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Must be white liberal guilt that put Mr. Ego in the D.C.

    November 25, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    unprecedented step of making such information public as part of an effort to improve transparency
    ------------------------------
    Hmmmm, unprecedented. I wonder, in retrospect what the list of visitors looked like under the Shrub? How many oil barons, Middle Eastern dignitaries (that are now enemies of the State) would've appeared on his don't-even-think-about-releasing invitation list. Yes. I'm loving the change this administration has brought about. I'm even going to be okay with the mistakes that our President is entitled to make because he's convinced me that he is working for the good of OUR country, NOT self-profit.

    Obama 2012!!! and beyond if possible.

    November 25, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Ridgeway

    Man, that turkey Hussein pardoned was lucky. If he'd been an Afghanistan turkey his pardon would have come too late.

    November 25, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. John Ca.

    I think that if you have business at the White House that is is o. k. to go visit no matter who is on this list. Pres. Obama is keeping America great. Working with other nation like India is a step forward to helping the world.

    John Ca.

    November 25, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    How is that white hate and fear working for you wingnuts? I don't think you can scare people enough to vote for a wingnut, as most got their fill of the GOP in 2000-2008.

    November 25, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. george from alaska

    on this glorious thanksgiving holiday, i am thankful that the tea party nuts are pulling their tri-corner hats out of the their little toy boxes and pretending to be "patriots"...thus permanently solidifying the split up of the republicants. for now at least, we will no longer be led by "religious" hypocrites & fruitcakes that deny evolution and worship imaginary "leaders" like palin and bachman. thank you GOD & AMEN!!!!!!

    November 25, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Ed

    Dont be fooled liberals... This list is by no means accurate or inclusive of all white house "visitors". The administration has already come out and said that it will never be that transparent. In other words, they will only let you see what they want you to see.

    Oh, and "right wingnuts", you really should do some research, it's not hard to find other lists.

    November 25, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Greg in MO

    Hmm..no mention of Jeff Jones or Jeremiah Wright being on the list in the blog. Where are the journalists?

    November 25, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Realist

    Yes, CEOs, dignitaries, creative luminaries visit the White House for the world to see and the free citizens of the United States know who they are. Obama is running a tight ship in an open and democratic manner and the paleocons can't stand it. Keep it up, President Obama.

    November 25, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    more of the crooks and tax cheats

    November 25, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. jimmm

    Lets see Bush's visitor list.

    November 25, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Julie

    We never got a detailed list of the people that visited the White House during the Bush/Cheney administration and were told by the White House on many occassions that it was none of the American citizens' business to know who came and who they talked to. There wasn't even the attempt to fabricate transparency in the last administration. Too many secrets and secret meetings seemed to have lead to too many disasterous plans and dealings that we'll probably never know the full extent of the lies and cover-up that were done in the name of our country. No more of that ever again, please.

    November 25, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. ICARE

    Let everyone in, the Obamas may even see an angel.

    November 25, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Keith in Austin

    On this beautiful Thanksgiving day here in Austin TX, I am thankful for many things. Not the least of which are the coming elections in 2010 and 2012.

    Hopefully by that time, Thanksgiving won't be a State run holiday!

    November 26, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |