During a recent campaign stop in Atlantic, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a very detailed story to underscore Democratic President Barack Obama's alleged unwillingness to work with Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
Here's what he said:
"The story I tell all the time is about a Republican senator that was invited by the White House to have dinner with the president. And so he's going up the rickety elevator to go up to the residence, the second floor, and the eager aide to President Obama says with great excitement, 'Senator, you're the first Republican he's had dinner with in the residence since he's been president.' And that's the fifth year."
Obama is so unwilling to work with Senate Republicans, Bush alleges, that he didn't even invite one to dine at the White House until his fifth year in office. Did Obama really wait until 2013 to host a Republican?
Bush's campaign declined to provide more information or sources for the anecdote.
The White House, meanwhile, referred us to the official White House Visitor Access Records, which are posted online in a series of spreadsheets.
The Visitor Access Records contain extremely detailed — albeit inconsistently organized — entries for hundreds of thousands of White House visits. The 2012 database, for example, included more than 930,000 separate records.
To vet Bush's statement, we filtered these voluminous results first to show only visits in which "POTUS" — that is, the president of the United States — was listed as the "visitee." Then we filtered them further to capture visits to the "Residence" and other White House rooms in which it's conceivable that a private dinner could occur.
Among that filtered database, we searched for Democratic and Republican U.S. senators. Here's what we found.
2009: U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., visited the residence area of the White House on Sept. 1 for an evening event. The day and time corresponds to a dinner celebrating Ramadan that included numerous guests.
2010: There appear to be no dinners or other events involving the president and members of the Senate in 2010.
2011: Obama hosted a dinner in the East Room of the White House (which is on the State Floor in the residence) attended by Democrats and Republicans on May 2. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was among those present.
Also, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., visited the White House residence with a larger group during a state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 7.
And U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., visited the White House residence Nov. 11 with a larger group. That same day, Obama called Murray to discuss budget and deficit-reduction negotiations that were ongoing at that time.
2012: McConnell attended a lunch with the president on Feb. 29 in a room labeled "POTUS dini" in the White House logs. Also at the table were House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Lugar visited the White House residence during a state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron on March 14. Democratic Sens. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Charles Schumer of New York also visited the residence at that time.
Democratic Sens. Kerry, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Jon Tester of Montana visited the White House residence during a St. Patrick's Day reception on March 20.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina was among 706 guests to visit the White House Residence on Dec. 12, during what appears to be a White House Christmas party.
2013: Democratic Sens. Casey, Durbin, Kerry, McCaskill, Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tim Kaine of Virginia, visited the White House residence on Inauguration Day in 2013.
Obama hosted a bipartisan dinner for female senators on April 23.
U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., visited the White House residence during a ceremony honoring Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients on Nov. 20. Democratic Sens. Durbin, Leahy, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Brian Schatz of Hawaii also attended.
U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, attended a lunch with the president in a room labeled "Private Di" in the White House logs on March 7.
Obama dined with two large groups of Republican senators on March 6 and again on April 10. The first dinner took place at the Jefferson Hotel, while the second was held in the Old Family Dining Room on the State Floor of the White House.
Finally, 10 Republican and 21 Democratic senators were among 878 guests to the White House residence on Dec. 12, during what appears to be a White House Christmas party.
So, based on our review of visitor logs, there are a handful of instances in which Republican U.S. senators visited the White House residence between 2009 and 2012.
We rate this claim False.
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