Skip to comments.The White House Guess List: How Obama Pulled a Fast One on the American People
Posted on 03/22/2011 4:59:33 PM PDT by Nachum
President Barack Obama has won praise from the media and from himself for putting the White House visitor logs online. Yet the visitor logs may hide more than they reveal.
The White House is still holding back tens of thousands of visitor logs, according to congressional testimony last week by Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, who also added that the Obama administration is less transparent than the Bush administration.
We also know that some of the most important presidential visitors dont even walk into the White House. The administration meets K Street lobbyists at Caribou Coffee, and holds secret meetings in Jackson Place townhouses where there are no visitor logs.
The visitor logs that have been released are problematic, because they are simply lists of names, with no way to verify whether a specific name belongs to a particular person.
When the first names were released on Oct. 30, 2009, late on a Friday afternoon, then-White House ethics czar Norm Eisen noted the lists included false positives names that make you think of a well-known person, but are actually someone else. According to Eisen, these included ordinary visitors named Michael Jordan, William Ayers, Michael Moore, Jeremiah Wright, Robert Kelly (R. Kelly), and Malik Shabazz.
A number of conservative bloggers noticed the names, but not Eisens blog post. With speed and precision suggesting direct coordination from the top, ThinkProgress, the core of the heavily funded John Podesta/George Soros progressive world, gleefully attacked its ideological foes for reporting false positives. The next release included Louis Farrakhan and James Taylor, but this time conservatives were more careful.
Yet there is no way to prove that the false positives really are false, because the White House refuses to reveal identifying information about visitors. In December 2009, citing visitor logs, Big Government reported that ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis had likely visited the White House on a special staff tour on September 5. The timing of Lewiss visit as the far-left regrouped in the aftermath of the health care town halls seemed suspicious.
Ben Smith of Politico then reported that an anonymous White House source said we had the wrong Bertha Lewis. I asked Smith why, if that were the case, the White House would use an anonymous flack to put down our report, rather than busting us cleanly. Smith agreed it was weird. The next day, the official emerged, but the newly revealed Jen Psaki refused to say who the real Bertha Lewis was, citing privacy concerns.
With no way to verify, there is no real transparency. Of course, with Andrew Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who visited the White House over twenty times through October 2009, there is little doubt that he is the Andy Stern. That information helped establish the credibility of the visitor logs. Yet there are three Andrew Sterns who visited with group toursare they just false positives?
What is the point of listing hundreds of thousands of tourists, if not to help create false positives? Eisen and the White House have created a haystack that can hide a needle. Considering that Eisen, a major Obama bundler in 2008, was responsible for smearing former Inspector General Gerald Walpin, and was elevated to an ambassadorship through a shady recess appointment, that hardly seems impossible.
Evidence has emerged to suggest the White House tried to manipulate media coverage of the visitor logs to create an impression of transparency. Indeed, Fitton reported to Congress that in the fall of 2009, Eisen encouraged [Judicial Watch] to publicly praise the Obama administrations commitment to transparency, saying it would be good for them and good for us. Yet the White House still refused to provide all of the visitor logs.
In the name of transparency, the White House has turned the guest list into the guess list. Tragically, the media seem fine with that. Last week, representatives from Sunshine Week funded by the hapless American Society of News Editors, among others tried to give the president a transparency award. It was postponed but when they hold the event, bloggers reporting the news the real journalists wont report ought to beware: the Newsweek reporter in the visitor logs may not be that Tunku Varadarajan.
The list, ping
Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list
So they are lying, no surprise.
Its my understanding that they regularly use offsite (like across the street) conference rooms and offices for meetings with those with “sensitive” names.
Osama bin Laden is *not* on the list, contrary to many people’s guess.
The heck he is. He had plastic surgery and is currently the president of the United States.
I’m sick and tired of these Leftists, and their games. Government isn’t for children to play in. There are established rules, guidelines, and there are morals of which the Leftists think they have no obligation to abide by.
Playing by rules is for the other guy, and the other guy had better play by the rules.
Michael Jordan I believe because there are several in my town, but just how many ordinary people are named Malik Shabazz, and the chances of one of them having to register in the White House visitor logs.
“Caribou Coffee Sharia”
“August 7, 2006
Caribou Coffee’s Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi - A Terrorists Profile and US businesses links exposed.
Summary: Islamic Cleric has connections to Caribou Coffee, Hamas, and the First Islamic bank of Bahrain, which is now known as Arcapita - Boycott Watch spells out the connection and terrorist links.
When Boycott Watch reported the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain’s purchase of Caribou Coffee in May of 2000, we reported that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who has admitted links to terrorist groups, was the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain’s key person in the deal to purchase Caribou Coffee from its founders, and was listed in the original press release on the banks’ website, and we reported how his name was subsequently removed from the website announcement by the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain after Boycott Watch published our initial report (http://www.boycottwatch.org/caribou ) showing the direct links of Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to terrorist groups.
Boycott Watch believed then, and we still believe now, that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi’s name was removed for public relations reasons. Caribou wanted to downplay any connection to terrorist supporters and groups by its parent company during a time when terrorism was viewed as Israel’s problem only. Since that time, the US has endured the attacks on September 11th, 2001 and the world has unfortunately not seen the end of Islamist terrorism. The civilized world is now in a global war against terrorism of which Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is a player.
After his name was removed from the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain website, Boycott Watch was told by Caribou officials that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was “just a consultant” who put the deal together, which contradicted what was originally posted on the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain’s website. Boycott Watch believes what was originally published on the banks website, which stated that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was the principal of the deal, i.e. partner, thus he not only made money on the original deal, but continues to profit from Caribou Coffee sales...”
“Case in point: The company passed on buying a call center firm that activated credit cards because Shari’ah prohibits charging interest or dealing with businesses that do.”
Porn, pork and Pabst youre safe from them at Caribou Coffee. In an SEC filing last week for its initial stock offering, the Brooklyn Center-based coffeehouse chain noted that it operates its business according to the Islamic principles known as Shariah.
A Shariah-compliant company is prohibited from engaging in derivative hedging transactions such as interest rate swaps or futures, forward options or other instruments designed to hedge against changes in interest rates or the price of commodities we purchase, Caribou said in its filing. Also, a Shariah-compliant company is prohibited from dealing in the areas of alcohol, gambling, pornography, pork and pork-related products.
No alcohol, no pork, no gambling, no pornography, no this, no that with exceptions . . .
It’s what comes forth from a man that defiles the man. The Islamic terrorists are defiled.
A quarter of a century before the night ride of Paul Revere,
Jonathan Mayhew preached in Boston:
“It us blasphemy to call tyrants and oppressors God’s ministers... When (magistrates) rob and ruin the public, instead of being guardians of its peace and welfare, they immediately cease to be the ordinance and ministers of God. And no more deserve that glorious character than common pirates and highwaymen”.
Fifteen years later his response to the Stamp Act was:
“The king is as much bound by his oath to infringe the legal rights of the people as the people are bound to yield objection to him. From whence it follows that as soon as the prince sets himself up above the law, he loses the king in the tyrant. He does, to all intents and purposes, un-king himself by acting out of and beyond that sphere which the constitution allows him to move in, and in such cases he has no more right to be obeyed than any inferior officer who acts beyond his commission. The subject’s obligation to allegiance then ceases of course, and to resist him is no more rebellion than to resist any foreign invader...ii is making use of the means, and the only means, which God has put into their power for mutual and self -defense.”
Of course, when the Revolutionary War took place, and we were freed from the despotic English rule. Does the above ring a bell to you?
What is it going to take to ride ourselves of who is now leading America into destruction? As long as we were faithful to God He blessed this country. Without him there can be no America. Where are His Christian soldiers today?
This administration are experts at setting us up.
Remember the Michelle Obama tapes? It was a false story planted to get conservatives to speak out so they can call us racists.
We did not fall for it.
I think many Republican leaders understand this and are trying to be extremely cautious about stepping onto a landmine.
More of these will come as Obama’s poll numbers drop and as we near the 2012 cycle.
Be ready, be vigilent and always question EVERYTHING!
They can lie with impunity because most can’t tell truth from falsehood. It’s in the Bible.
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, who also added that "the Obama administration is less transparent than the Bush administration."
Perhaps we could call it, Barack and the Cockroaches?
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