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Obama appoints first gay as social secretary

By Lalit K Jha

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 — US President Barack Obama today appointed a new social secretary, Jeremy Bernard, the first male and a gay to serve this prestigious White House position.

"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," US President Barack Obama said.

"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," he said in a statement.

Bernard joins the White House staff from the US Embassy in Paris, where he serves as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador.

Prior to this role, he worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities. (PNA/PTI)

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