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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Which stars hang out with the Obamas? Another look at the White House visitors log


Eva Longoria and Melanie Griffith at an Obama campaign appearance in Miami on October 11. (LARRY DOWNING/Reuters)

Eva Longoria isn’t wearing out her welcome at the White House. The “Desperate Housewives” star is this season’s Democratic “It” Girl, with her feisty convention speech and the hundreds of thousands she’s raised for Obama. (Also, the rite-of-passage social-media dustup over a vulgar anti-Romney tweet she later retracted.)

That stuff can open doors, but Longoria hasn’t overused her clout. According to White House records, she’s met with the president only once — with a group talking about immigration policy in April 2011 — in addition to attending a state dinner and meeting with a staffer before a Cinco de Mayo reception last year.


Forest Whitaker: A regular at the White House. (Dominique Charriau/Getty )
Yeeeah, it happened again! We frittered away an entire day looking up celebrity names in the Washington Post’s searchable database of the White House visitor log, now updated through June. Longoria hasn’t hung out there nearly as much as Forest Whitaker, a reliable guest at arts receptions, who has also taken meetings with Valerie Jarrett and other top staffers during the Obama years.

Here’s what else we learned:

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick dropped in for what looks like a private tour with their son James while in town in May. And how did we miss George Lucas and Cuba Gooding Jr. visiting in January to screen “Red Tails” in the executive mansion’s private theater?


Sarah Jessica Parker in L.A. last week. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Delonte West truly was on the approved list for the Dallas Mavericks’ visit in January, a trip he skipped because he mistakenly thought an old weapons conviction would bar him. Adrian Grenier, the “Entourage” star and convention gadfly, scored meetings with both White House chef Sam Kass and an aide to the first lady to discuss a healthy eating initiative.

Rosalynn Carter stopped by her old house last fall to meet with a Michelle Obama staffer. And Harrison Ford had a meeting with Jarrett last fall. But while other A-listers who play presidents — Michael Douglas, Jeff Bridges, Martin Sheen, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sam Waterston — have visited D.C. in the past year, none has stopped off at the White House.

But we’re maybe we’ve forgotten to look up someone? Try it yourself and tell us what you find:

White House Visitors Log

Earlier: Oprah, Beyonce, Brad Pitt: Which showbiz stars have the pull to get a White House meeting?, 5/31/12

Spielberg or Bono? Who visits the White House more?, 6/1/12

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