White House celebrity visitors: Which showbiz stars have the pull to get a meeting?


Beyonce, Brad, Oprah (Getty Images; Associated Press)

Updated 4:30 p.m., see below

Demi Moore scored a meeting with Valerie Jarrett, which isn’t easy. Rashida Jones got a tour of the place from Jon Favreau, her speechwriter ex-boyfriend. Brad and Angelina met the president in the Oval Office, as did George Clooney , but you knew that. And public records indicate that only one person with the first name “Beyoncé” has visited the White House during the Obama years — and Ms. Knowles has been cleared for entry twice.


(Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Many celebs come to D.C. with a cause; only a few have the pull to get into the executive mansion. Which ones?


Affleck testifying on the Hill last spring. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jessica Simpson (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

A good time to stargaze at 1600 Penn? Late April, early May, when all the showbiz folks gracing the White House Correspondents’ Dinner call in their chits to get a meeting or a tour: Sean Penn last year, Jessica Simpson and Kristin Davis the year before.

(Meanwhile, for those of you wondering what, exactly, Kal Penn was doing during his months on the Obama payroll, rest assured he was busy: The actor-turned-Office of Public Engagement staffer was a meeting-having maniac, greeting some 1,390 visitors in his less than two years.)


Dylan gets the Medal of Freedom from Obama Tuesday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Updated 4:30 p.m.: Duh, we forgot Bono! More VIP White House visitors.




From the Washington Post Politics team: White House Visitors Database



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