In a rare, but trivial, display of actual transparency amidst efforts to keep many of their more significant actions below boards, the Obama administration has released the log of visitors to the White House. While the contents may not be surprising, it does raise concerns about who has real influence over the President.
It's not surprising to see that any black celebrity from Serena Williams to Denzel Washington to Michael Jordan can get a repeat invitation to hang with the Obamas. That's to be expected. But some of the other repeat visits are much more politically significant and controversial.
Leading the list is Andrew Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union, the group has provided an army of thugs and paid activists to act as the strong arm of the administration. Stern is an international socialist and one of the leading advocates of forced unionization. The fact that he has been to the White House 22 times is enormously significant and shows what an important ally he is for the administration. AFL-CIO Chief Richard Trumka has only taken his hideous toupee and Stalinesque mustache to the White House seven times.
Second on the list is former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta. He's a fairly major figure on the political left and currently heads up the Center for American Progress which is a combination think tank and propaganda mill which is very active in promoting green jobs and in the effort to silence media figures and outlets which are critical of the administration.
Anti-capitalist propagandist Michael Moore is a frequent visitor who has been to the White House eight times. Maybe he likes their chef. Eurosocialist billionaire George Soros who backs MoveOn.org and a network of far-left groups, has been to the White House four times. Jeffrey Immelt who is the CEO of the parent company of NBC and MSNBC is a five-time visitor. Bill Gates who is richer but less political has only visited once.