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White House Welcomes 6,000 Visitors A Day

10/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With the Obama family on vacation, the White House Visitors Office is trying to push 36,424 people through their home in five 12-hour days, rather than the normal six-hour days. That's nearly four times the normal flow, the highest rate of visitation since 2 million people came through in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson was president. It's the literal part of what Obama calls the "most open and accessible administration in history." It's gate day for Lipsky, meaning he's the Visitors Office staffer who makes sure 6,000 people get in by nightfall.

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