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Rosen: Five Meetings with Obama in the White House



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Earlier this morning, I noted how frequently Hilary “Ann Romney never worked a day in her life” Rosen visited the White House, and how that total compared to some members of the Obama cabinet: four times as often as CIA director/Afghanistan commander David Petraeus, three times as often as Defense Secretary/CIA director Leon Panetta, twice as often as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki or Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, and slightly less often than Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

The great Michelle Malkin lays out the scheduling details of those meetings:

3/11/09 Meeting with White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

3/13/09 Meeting with David Axelrod.

3/30/09 Meeting with top Big Labor operative and political director Patrick Gaspard.

9/21/09 Meeting w/Natalie Bookey, East Wing aide, and unidentified visitee.

10/8/09 Meeting with WH senior press lead, Jesse Lewin.

10/13/09 Meeting with POTUS — President Barack Obama.

10/22/09 Meeting with Anita Dunn, former WH communications director.

10/28/09 Meeting with POTUS in the East Room.

11/25/09 Unidentified East Wing (First Lady Michelle Obama’s office) meeting.

1/26/10 Rosen visited Dagoberta Vega, White House broadcasting media official and director of surrogate booking.

2/1/10 Rosen visited top White House official Jim Messina, now Obama’s 2012 campaign manager.

2/24/10 Rosen visited White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

3/24/10 Rosen visited White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett.

7/7/10 Meeting w/Jocelyn Frye, East Wing aide.

12/10/10 Rosen visited Ellie Schafer, White House Visitors Office director, in the East Wing.

12/10/10 Meeting with POTUS.

9/8/11 Meeting with Kristina Schake, East Wing aide.

12/7/11 Meeting w/POTUS and Marie Aberger, White House press assistant.

12/7/11 Meeting with Ellie Schafer, White House Visitors Office director.

1/6/11 Meeting w/Dagoberta Vega, White House broadcasting media official and director of surrogate booking.

1/21/11 Meeting w/Meredith Carden, an aide to First Lady Michelle Obama, Old Executive Office Building.

1/24/11 Meeting w/Samuel Wilson, deputy director of broadcast media for the White House office of communications.

1/28/11 Meeting w/Jason Dempsey, White House fellow.

2/2/11 Meeting w/Obama bundler and top aide to both POTUS and FLOTUS, Tina Tchen.

2/24/11 Meeting w/POTUS.

2/24/11 Meeting at WH Visitors Office.

2/14/11 Meeting w/Samuel Wilson, deputy director of broadcast media for the White House office of communications.

3/19/11 Meeting w/Alexander Lasry, strategic engagement aide.

3/18/11 Two meetings listed with Jeremy Bernard, White House social secretary.

6/15/11 Meeting w/Dag Vega, WH surrogate booking director.

8/5/11 Meeting w/Ellie Schafer, WH Visitors Office director.

Plus: 12/15/09 – 12/15/10 – 12/15/11 — Incomplete entries, no visitee identified.

So . . . five meetings with President Obama, as well as meetings with just about every key figure in the communications office.

So while Rosen may not be “directly attached” to the Obama campaign, she is exceptionally well connected to the administration and the Obama campaign’s top management.


Tags: Ann Romney , Barack Obama , Hilary Rosen


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