One of these things is not like the other. The co-chairs of this year's inauguration of President Barack Obama include Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and... Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.
But Longoria has made herself a fixture at the White House for years. In May 2010, she dined with the Obamas and Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife at the Mexico State Dinner. In April 2011, she met privately with Obama at the White House, according to the White House visitor logs, the latest round of which were released to the public late last month. A note in the logs says Longoria had been cleared to use a separate entrance.
That same visit, she and at least 12 other people met with POTUS in the Roosevelt Room, a windowless daily meeting room for White House staff and visiting delegations.
Longoria has also invited an entourage to the White House at times. In May 2011, she appears to have brought three separate delegations at once (varying in size from three people to 320) to meet with White House officials. Two of the groups discussed concerns of the Latino community, while the third, the largest, saw and heard POTUS in the White House East Room.
The actress went on to become one of Obama's biggest Latino "bundlers" this election — a donor who contributed the maximum amount to the campaign and then brought in more funds from friends. Longoria raised hundreds of thousands for the president in total, according to multiple media reports.
She was also named one of 35 national co-chairs for Obama's re-election campaign in February of this year, along with Harold and Kumar actor and former outreach coordinator for the White House Kal Penn and author/presidential daughter Caroline Kennedy.
In a feisty speech at the Democratic National Convention, she said she was "honored to be here as co-chair" and that Obama was "moving us forward with opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow" while opponent Mitt Romney "wants to take us back to yesterday."