As With Bush, Obama Won't Release WH Visitors List
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2009 10:27 AM CDT
A large tree is seen toppled over on the North Lawn of the White House as a strong storm moves through the area, June 9, 2009.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Despite President Obama’s promise of transparency, the administration is blocking requests for the White House visitors list, MSNBC reports, defying two federal court rulings that the lists are public record. In addition to denying MSNBC’s request for a list of all visitors since Jan. 20, the Secret Service turned down a nonpartisan watchdog group’s request for records of visits by coal executives.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Obama administration is following the same anti-transparency policy as the Bush administration,” said an attorney for the watchdog group, which intends to sue the Department of Homeland Security for the records. The Obama administration, like President Bush’s before it, says the logs are presidential records and aren’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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Jun 16, 2009 8:55 AM CDT
Really people, is anyone THAT suprised. His is in politics plain and simple. The man knew that he could not keep every promise. DUH they all do it. I am not an Obama Crazed Supporter. Nor am I down with the Party of guns and god. It is simple, he is no better or worse than any other prez that has served. Stop making the guy out the be the most awesome man ever. He is just another sly teflon coated politician. Very Simple Concept.
Jun 16, 2009 7:37 AM CDT
The only change Obama brought to the white house was the color of the first family. Everything else is the same, if not worse.
Jun 16, 2009 4:46 AM CDT
probably, actually, if you've been following his history before he ran for prez.