The Rainbow Minute
Friday, December 9, 2011
“Obama’s Social Secretary" – Mark Craig
On February 25, 2011, the White House announced that Jeremy Bernard would serve as social secretary to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. This made Bernard the first male and the first openly-gay person to serve in that position.
President Obama said, “Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways. We look forward to Jeremy continuing to showcase America’s arts and culture to our nation and the world through the many events at the White House.”
This prompted Bernard’s move from his position as special adviser to the US ambassador to France in Paris to America’s premier event and party planner, providing grand White House hospitality in the nation’s capital.
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