Apparently the White House visitor logs would subject Obama to too much scrutiny.
When Barack Obama came to office he promised that he would have the most ethical, most transparent presidency in American history. This month the Obama administration won a court judgment to allow Obama to keep the White House visitor log a secret from the American people.
On August 30, a federal appeals court decided that the White House visitor logs are not "public information" and therefore not subject to the disclosure requirements required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The vote was not close, either. It was a 3-0 decision allowing Obama to keep visitor log sheets secret for up to 12 years after he has left office–as is the case with many presidential records.
Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a native Chicagoan and 1997 Bill Clinton appointee who became chief judge on Obama’s watch, insisted that he took his cue from Congress itself.
In his decision, Garland said that with FOIA, "Congress made clear that it did not want documents like the appointment calendars of the president and his close advisors to be subject to disclosure."
Garland maintained that opening the logs to immediate public scrutiny would represent a "serious intrusion" into the president’s daily operations.