The White House on Friday named Jeremy
Bernard, who is openly gay, as Special Assistant to the President and
Social Secretary, a job typically filled by a woman, ABC News
“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 announcing the appointment.
“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 previously served as Senior
Advisor to the Ambassador at the US Embassy in Paris and replaces
He'll be responsible for planning
official White House social events, including high-profile State
Dinners that take months of planning.
As chief of staff to First Lady
Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen will work closely with Bernard to
“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,” Tchen 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.”