Getting private access to the President of the United States is something that very few individuals are able to do, which is why wealthy individuals and corporate executives often donate major amounts of money during the buildup to each presidential election.

Billionaire George Soros is no different, but after having donated $5 million to Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency in 2008, he expressed regret about his action. The reason for such comments, according to the website is related to his belief that President Obama has virtually ignored him since taking office in January 2009.

While the opinion of Soros was hinted at in an August 2012 article in The New Yorker, actual proof of his belief came after more than 5,500 pages of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State were released on the final day of 2015.

One specific e-mail that was sent to Mrs. Clinton in the early morning hours of May 12, 2012 by the current head of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden, mentions Soros’ regrets. Tanden notes that the two sat next to each other at a dinner for Democracy Alliance, a club that donates money to liberal causes and candidates.

After the pair first discussed events taking place in China and Europe, Tanden then indicates that Soros brought up President Obama. That resulted in Tanden mentioning that she had worked for Mrs. Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Soros told Tanden that he was impressed with Mrs. Clinton because of her willingness to meet with him when time permits. He then compared that to President Obama, who he said (at the time) had never met with him.

That was followed by his expression of regret that he hadn’t backed Mrs. Clinton during what became a contentious primary season between the two candidates that was eventually won by Obama.

The office of the President leaves little time for meeting with everyone request such a get-together, but the fact that dozens of Fortune 100 CEO’s were able to meet with President Obama as part of both large and small groups was partly behind the resentment held by Soros.

Among the 30 most frequent visitors to the White House were 10 CEO’s who visited at least 10 times. Two of those, Honeywell’s David Cote and General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt, made more than 20 visits.

With Mrs. Clinton currently the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. Soros is expected to enthusiastically back her candidacy.

However, the fact that many corporations have also donated to her campaign, along with international donors from a variety of countries, is angering some potential supporters. That’s because the belief is that she will be beholden to such individuals instead of doing what’s best for the American people.

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