WASHINGTON, DC -- Working quietly behind the scenes of the White House is a surprisingly progressive figure. Jeremy Bernard, the White House social secretary, is not only the first gay man to hold the role, but the first man, period.
Bernard took up the role four years ago, but has stayed mostly out of the spotlight, until agreeing to a recent profile in Vogue. The magazine paints a picture of a man concerned with getting on with his job, avoiding the press and focusing on managing the White House’s unsurprisingly complex social calendar.
The social secretary grew up in Texas, the son of civil rights attorney Herschel Bernard, but it was after he moved to L.A. that he worked his way into politics, waiting tables at Trumps restaurant on Melrose Avenue, a popular spot for Democrats. There he might activist David Mixner, who introduced him to Bill Clinton’s early presidential campaign team.
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