White House Picks First Male Social Secretary
Matt | On 10, Mar 2011
Barriers are still breaking at the White House two years into President Barack Obama’s term.
The open position of White House Social Secretary will be filled by Jeremy Bernard, a former chief of staff to the U.S. ambassador to France. Bernard is openly gay and a former fundraiser for the Obama campaign in California. He will be the first male to ever hold the position of social secretary.
In his role, Bernard will throw THEE parties of the Washington, D.C. political scene, including hundreds of affairs hosted by President and Mrs. Obama themselves.
From accounts of his close friends, Bernard seems well suited for the job. He has worked in the policy world of politics, lived abroad, and has a knack for networking. He is the former White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bringing all of that together, the Obamas believe he can straddle the line policy/social line that comes with the position.
Bernard will be filling the office vacated by Julianna Smoot, who only held the position for 10 months. She quit in January and headed back to Chicago to work on the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama. Prior to her, Desiree Rogers famously held the position until the gate-crasher incident in November 2009 ultimately cost her the job. Rogers is now CEO of Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago.