Religious Right Had Run Of Bush White House

Key conservative Christian leaders made dozens of visits to the White House during President George W. Bush’s administration, according to a report by a watchdog group.


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for many years has sought visitor records of nine Christian conservative leaders. The Washington, D.C.-based group said the newly disclosed Bush-era White House records “suggest leading conservative Christian leaders may have had a significant voice in President Bush’s administration, and many seem to have had the ear of the president himself.” 


James Dobson, founder of the Colorado-based Focus on the Family, visited the White House 24 times, including 10 visits with President Bush.


Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, visited 14 times, including two visits with Bush.


Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, made 50 White House visits, including six with the president.


Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, made the second-highest number of visits – 43 – including four with Bush.


Other well-known conservative religious leaders who visited Bush and others at the White House included the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and the late Paul Weyrich, founder of the Free Congress Foundation.


According to Religion News Service, CREW also requested visitor records for Gary Bauer, president of American Values; the Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition; and the Rev. Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association. They made multiple trips to the White House over the years.