The White House on Friday named Jeremy Bernard (right) to serve as social secretary to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, the first male and first openly gay person to hold the position.
The high profile job, traditionally filled by a woman, will put Bernard in ultimate charge of dispensing sumptuous White House hospitality at events from state dinners to holiday parties, concerts and tours of the presidential mansion.
“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,” 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,” Obama said.
Bernard, a long-time Obama supporter and fund-raiser, has been serving as special adviser to the US ambassador to France at the US embassy in Paris.
“I am deeply humbled to join the White House staff as social secretary and support President Obama and the First Lady in this role,” Bernard said.