The Obama administration posted a record of White House visitors today. The beggining date for the list, as far as I can tell, is September 15 of this year. Starting in December, the White House will release the records from the previous 90-120 days. From the president’s statement earlier today:
For the first time in history, records of White House visitors will be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. We will achieve our goal of making this administration the most open and transparent administration in history not only by opening the doors of the White House to more Americans, but by shining a light on the business conducted inside it. Americans have a right to know whose voices are being heard in the policymaking process.
Conservatives will have a field day with some names on the list, which the White House called “an important lesson in the unintended consequences of such vigorous disclosure.” A quick perusal turns up a pretty eclectic group: John Boehner, George Clooney, Tom Daschle, Howard Dean, Alan Greenspan, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Jesse Jackson, Michael Jordan, Michael Moore, John Roberts, George Soros, Serena Williams, and Oprah. Oh yeah, and this ought to stir up some good ol’ GOP ire, Jeremiah Wright is on there too.