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The White House is set to make news and history this afternoon when it announces the new social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, currently the chief of staff to the U.S. ambassador to France, will become the third person to hold the job in the Obama administration. But he will be the first man and the first openly gay person to be the first family's and the executive mansion's chief event planner and host.

I don't know anything about Mr. Bernard, and this is hardly a crucial appointment.

And the first man being a gay man is almost a stereotype. But for what it's worth, the President has appointed an openly gay man to host state dinners.

Bernard and his then-partner Rufus Gifford were early supporters of Obama in California. And they raised a ton of money for him through their company, B&G Associates. Gifford went on to become finance director of the Democratic National Committee. Bernard was the White House liaison at the National Endowment for the Humanities before dashing off to his Paris post in November.

Alert Glenn Beck - this is obvious political patronage.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM PST.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse.

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