If one wants to know who is influencing the Obama administration, then it would make sense to examine the visitor logs released by the White House. According to a Politico report, however, that would be a waste of time. For example:
Less than 1 percent of the estimated 500,000 visits to the White House in Obama’s first eight months — a time when the new administration was bustling with activity — have been disclosed, according to the Center’s analysis.To further confuse the matter, the names that the White House has disclosed include people, possibly up to 200,000 according to Politico, who never arrived. To further reduce the value of the list, the White House is including people who never met with any official but were merely on a guided tour:
Two-thirds of the more than 1 million names listed are people who passed through parts of the White House on guided group tours.You may remember that, in 2008, President-elect Obama promised the "most transparent White House in history." Ha.