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December 26, 2007

White House visitors

To Robert Reimers and his view that asking for the logs of White House visitors is an invasion of privacy (12/23, Letters) — since when? Since when did the White House become a private residence? Is the White House not owned by the people of the United States? Sorry, Robert, but Mr. Bush just happens to be using it now — thankfully just for a little more while.

Richard L. Strickland
Mission

Comments

Engineer


Jim
One gets the feeling that the letter writer and his supporters on the blog are not so much concerned with who visits the White House as they are with who visits Pres. Bush. It is my thought that private citizens visiting have a right to expect privacy under the current procedures. So as previously suggested lets change the policy to have the Fed Govt pay for the weekly publication of a list of that week's non-Government visitors.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

If Hillary ends up being the highest bidder for the Whitehouse (yes, I said bidder).
Then we are doomed.
We have considered moving to another country if that socialist buy the office.
Not that Bush is better but at least he's not a socialist.

Jim

"Liberals such as Strickand had a hissy fit when we conservatives asked the same questions in 1998."

Arminius, you've gone and made my point for me. Thanks!

So here's that question in reverse:

If, god forbid, Hillary Clinton is elected next year, would you be comfortable with her claiming precedent for shrouding her White House in secrecy and extra-legal tactics? Will you be defending her right to issue signing statements that essentially nullify the law she's signing?

Just wondering, because the same people who howled about executive priviledge and missing files ten years ago seem to be just fine with it today.

Arminius

Jim:

"I'll say it again: if the White House is a private place, and if who sees the president during working hours is private and none of our business, then a whole lot of people owe Bill Clinton an apology."

Why? Bill Clinton committed perjury and obstruction of justice, and was fined and disbarred. Why should anyone apologize because Clinton was punished (albeit, not as much as he should have been) for breaking laws?

Arminius

"Since when did the White House become a private residence? Is the White House not owned by the people of the United States?"

Liberals such as Strickand had a hissy fit when we conservatives asked the same questions in 1998.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Just as the military is also "owned" by the citizens of the United States along with every Federal court house and other govt building. It is all funded by us for them.
What we must realize is the partyline loyalists simply go back and forth pointing fingers and endorsing their "side".
Bill Clinton was equally the crook as was every President after Abe Lincoln.
Many people do not even know who Sam Adams i or what he stood for, what he did for our independence. That is a tragedy, chances are many think Al Gore gave us our independence.

Jim

Unfortunately, Richard, you're wasting your time. These folks are such die-hard dead-enders for Bush that they willfully will not see the difference.

I'll say it again: if the White House is a private place, and if who sees the president during working hours is private and none of our business, then a whole lot of people owe Bill Clinton an apology.

These are public officials in a public place on public time. Not releasing these logs makes it look like they have something to hide. Do they?

 
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