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Friday
Feb252011

For the First Time, Openly-Gay Man Chosen as White House Social Secretary

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a historic "first," President Obama has chosen an openly gay man as his new White House Social Secretary. Jeremy Bernard will be named Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary, the first openly gay man to hold that title.

"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," President Obama said in a statement. "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."

Bernard comes to the White House from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador.  Prior to this role, he worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The job of social secretary is a unique one, in charge of planning official White House social events. The White House Social Office, located in the East Wing, works closely with the First Lady to coordinate the events – choosing themes, menus, guest list, décor and overall character of White House events.  The high-profile state dinners, which take months of planning, are often the highlight of the social secretary’s work on display.

'I look forward to working with Jeremy to continue the great work of the Social Office, from fun and educational student workshops to elegant State Dinners that welcome world leaders to the White House," Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. "Jeremy's creativity, perspective, and skills will be a welcome addition to our East Wing team, as we showcase the White House and celebrate America's arts and culture."

This marks Mrs. Obama's third social secretary of the Obama administration, following the departure of Desiree Rogers and Julianna Smoot.

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