A day after the event, the White House is still refusing to release the names of Muslim leaders who met with President Obama at the White to discuss a variety of topics, including the response to Muslim extremism.
The White House may be hiding the names because meetings with Muslim leaders are often followed by articles describing ties some might have to Muslim extremists. It’s also possible that some of the leaders were concerned about a backlash from extremists were it revealed they were meeting with the White House. This, of course, is another commonly citied problem – the lack of Muslim leaders speaking out against terrorism.
Fox News reporter Ed Henry said White House officials had told reporters the names wouldn’t be released because these were “private citizens,” which is a joke because the White House releases the names of private citizens who meet with the president all the time.
“I’ll see if I can do that for you,” Earnest said to Henry about the list of names. “Well, one thing we do know is that the names will be included in the waves records that are released, (but) let me see if I can get them released sooner.”
The “waves records,” which include the names of all visitors to the White House, aren’t released for months – when everyone will have forgotten about the meeting. They’re difficult to wade through and often don’t indicate precisely whom visitors met with.
Earnest even had the chutzpah to say the White House had been “transparent” in that it was said “the meeting was taking place.”