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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Obama makes history with social secretary pick

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Perry Bacon Jr.

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Jeremy Bernard, left, with his partner. (Linda Davidson/Washington Post)
Updated, 5:30 p.m.
The White House made history in two ways Friday, when it announced Jeremy Bernard as its new social secretary -- the first man and the first openly gay person to fill that role.

Bernard, who is currently the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, will replace Julianna Smoot, the White House announced. 

"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. 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," President Obama said in a statement.

Bernard previously worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities and was also a member of the Democratic National Committee. He is the administration's third social secretary. Desiree Rogers, who left post early last year, was the first African-American social secretary. Smoot will move to become a deputy campaign manager in Obama's re-election effort.

"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 in a statement.  "I have long admired the arts and education programs that have become hallmarks of the Obama White House and I am eager to continue these efforts in the years ahead."

The East Wing has had high turnover at the top ranks over the past year and a half. Susan Sher, first lady Michelle Obama's first chief of staff, left in January and was replaced by Tina Tchen. Smoot replaced Rogers as social secretary in February of last year. Camille Johnston, former communications director, left in August and was replaced by Kristina Schake in December. 

Bernard, who has been active in gay rights organizations, was a prominent fundraiser for the Obama presidential campaign in California. His selection marked a second decision by Obama this week that delighted gay rights activists.

Obama chose Bernard only two days after the administration announced it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage.

The two decisions, combined with Obama's signing the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in December, could help energize a largely-Democratic constituency, and perhaps delay gay activists' push for the president to declare his support for same-sex marriage.

Fred Sainz, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, emphasized that Bernard's qualifications, not his sexual orientation, were what should be highlighted, but added, "You can't help but notice the significance" of the two moves.

But John Aravosis, a gay rights activist and blogger, downplayed the significance, asking, "Are we setting our sights just a tad too low when we go all euphoric that a gay man is now the White House party planner?"

Here is the full White House press release:

"The White House today announced Jeremy Bernard has been named Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary. He joins the White House staff from the U.S. 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.

'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. 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,' the President said.

'I am deeply humbled to join the White House staff as Social Secretary and support President Obama and the First Lady in this role,' said Jeremy Bernard. "I have long admired the arts and education programs that have become hallmarks of the Obama White House and I am eager to continue these efforts in the years ahead.'

'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. Jeremy's creativity, perspective and skills will be a welcome addition to our East Wing team, as we showcase the White House and celebrating America's arts and culture," said Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

'What stood out in Jeremy's work at the National Endowment for the Humanities was his humor, good will, and high standard of professionalism,' said National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Bernard currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy of Paris. He served as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2008 to 2010. Previously, Bernard was a California Finance Consultant for the Obama for American campaign. He was a Principal of B&G Associates from 2007 to 2009, Vice-President of Mapleton Investments from 1999 to 2006 and Director of Government Affairs of Falcon Cable TV from 1996 to 2006. Appointed by President Clinton, Bernard served on the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as a board member of A.N.G.L.E. (Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality) and the National Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. He was also a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's LGBT Advisory Committee, the Los Angeles Police LGBT Advisory Committee and the Los Angeles Mayor's LGBT Advisory Committee."

(READ: PostPartisan: Jeremy Bernard: A historic choice for White House social secretary)

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 25, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
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Comments

I can't believe that people (sounds like mostly homphobic men)in America still think this way! Are you in a time warp...do you still believe in slavery too? Did you go to college; do you even understand that you could have a child that is homosexual- by no choice of that child. They have done studies on the structure of the brain! But let's see, hmmm - you are probably some of those who still celebrate the Confederate war - even though they lost! An individual's sexual orientation has nothing to do with an individual's intellectual capabilities...that is apparent from the idiotic comments from the heterosexuals above. I am disappointed that the Washington Post has so many followers that could write such tripe.

Posted by: lwalker4 | March 1, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Limbaugh and Beck can find something wrong with appointment? You betcha.

Posted by: GBED989 | February 27, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

White House announces fabulous new social secretary.

We are verklempt and joyous at the same time to annouce the coming deb party announcing Jeremy ( the cucumber ) Bernard as the wonderful Barrack Obama's new social secretary. He is simply divine and handsome and almost always the pitcher in his relatinship with longtime blowbuddy Craig Dogholder.

Jerry-poots ( as we intend to call him ) grew up in San Antonio Texas and in between times of getting his ass kicked for being a "homo" he studied Armoire design at Teddie School of Fine Art and Flower Arranging. He graduated Sigma Cum Allota from this presigious institute and went on to legend in the political and gay circles.

His job at the White House encompasses calling for tee times, arranging for celebrity performances at endless parties, and keeping Beyonce away from POTUS ( as ordered by the First Lady ).

We know Jeremy will just be marvelous and as soon as he decides his salary, we will post it. It is the taxpayers footing it after all so why worry.

I must end this announcement before I swoon.

Michael Jelloshots- Washington Post Gay and Lesbian beat reppoter

Posted by: JoeHoliday | February 26, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Is the dog gay too?

Posted by: brokebluestate | February 26, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

What this demonstrates to me is that presidential terms need to be two years instead of four. Don't we have elections every two years? If we had presidential elections every two years, clearly, the people would have elected someone more conservative, and we wouldn't be having these crises.

Posted by: yoggoth7 | February 26, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

First, gay social secretary - isn't that redundant? :-)

Second, that is the CUTEST dog!

Third, for all you people who have never had a gay person or gay couple as a neighbor, they are the BEST neighbors to have ever and you'd be lucky to have them living next door. I found that out when I was out of town with work, my wife was home with our 6 week old and a huge snowstorm hit. They checked in on my wife regularly, shoveled the walkway, took the dog out and brought over food. I will forever be grateful to my gay next door neighbors, whom I simply refer to as friends.

Posted by: j1simple | February 26, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

you started it hotkim

White House
Official Pledge
From O-bam-anal

I pledge allegiance
to the loins of
Sodomites of the world
and to the degenerates
morality be damned
so here’s
condoms and dental dams for all.

Posted by: ipublius | February 26, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I didn't write this one, wish I had, It is so right on. Some of the other ones are good too. Of course all the pansies are appalled. But then they can all go FT's
Why are we supposed to care what these guys do with their genitals, rectum, tongue, fingers and mouth.

Before I was informed I wouldn't have cared less.

I am convinced Obama is a closet sausage munching bi-sexual freak.

Posted by: bobmartin30 | February 26, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think that Obamacare was designed to offset the high costs of ARV's for the estimated 50 million Americans with HIV, originally termed GRID.

Posted by: yoggoth7 | February 26, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what those guys do with that poor dog.

Posted by: ipublius | February 26, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Since the lesbians and homosexuals have already taken over the public school system, does this make, and I'll write this backwards not to offend anybody, Obama a revolgaf?

Posted by: yoggoth7 | February 26, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why are we supposed to care what these guys do with their genitals, rectum, tongue, fingers and mouth.

Before I was informed I wouldn't have cared less.

I am convinced Obama is a closet sausage munching bi-sexual freak.

Posted by: ipublius | February 26, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It is no surprise that as the State unions are going down in flames, so go the democrat party monies from union fees.

So, of course, which cow can we milk now? Oh, I know!! Let's get donations from gays by declaring we won't defend the Defense of Marriage Act and by appointing a gay male to be our social secretary!

He knows suckers when he sees 'em. Fooled em once already, and did NOTHING for over 2 years..but hey, worth a try.

Posted by: BridgePerspective | February 26, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse


The bigots and haters are out in full force on this one.

Posted by: bamccampbell | February 26, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama is likely to be on the down low with the social director. A perfect cover to get some relief when Michelle is off jet setting eating ribs and fat laden food. Lots of lube provided by the secret service.

Posted by: surfer1104 | February 26, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse


(One Nation under Sodomy)

New Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge Allegiance to
the flag of the United States
of Sodomites to the degenerates
for which it stands one Nation
Under Sodomy with Liberty
and Justice Only for Sodomites.

Posted by: hotkim | February 26, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Nothing like shoring up your base, and if you're a democrat the subgroup you belong to is way more important than getting the job done - not that this guy will do a bad job. Personally, I hope the gay community doesn't fall for this crumb doled out by a guy who has one thing on his mind, and only one thing - 2012.

Posted by: AnnieP1 | February 26, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

What strikes me is that there is no mention of his partner's name in the entire article, including the WH release, nor under the picture of him standing there next to Jeremy. Nor the dog's name! That certainly would not have been the case for a straight couple. They would have cited the wife's name and who she is and what she does and has done. Reporters need to pay attention to things like this. It's just bad reporting.

Posted by: cmfranklin | February 26, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I am not a religious freak or anything but I don't see how anyone can think being an homosexual or lesbian is normal. The parts don't naturally go together. Rumor is Obama's had gay relations in his past. This man will change his view on anything in order to get reelected. Our country is going down the tube big time....I wonder how the Chinese will handle homosexual and lesbians when they take the USA over?

Posted by: nancysmith51 | February 26, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I am not a religious freak or anything but I don't see how anyone can think being an homosexual or lesbian is normal. The parts don't naturally go together. Rumor is Obama's had gay relations in his past. This man will change his view on anything in order to get reelected. Our country is going down the tube big time....I wonder how the Chinese will handle homosexual and lesbians when they take the USA over?

Posted by: nancysmith51 | February 26, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I am not a religious freak or anything but I don't see how anyone can think being an homosexual or lesbian is normal. The parts don't naturally go together. Rumor is Obama's had gay relations in his past. This man will change his view on anything in order to get reelected. Our country is going down the tube big time....I wonder how the Chinese will handle homosexual and lesbians when they take the USA over?

Posted by: nancysmith51 | February 26, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

When the two partners decide to get married, and I'll bet that will be soon, will Obama and his partner attend the wedding?
dfar

Posted by: dfar | February 26, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

When the two partners decide to get married, and I'll bet that will be soon, will Obama and his partner attend the wedding?
dfar

Posted by: dfar | February 26, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

A gay male, "Social Secretary". Too funny. Right out of a Hollywood sitcom script.

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 26, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

OMG OMG

Posted by: cr10 | February 26, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

So does anyone out there still believe Obama is a moderate who seeks bipartisanship and peace? This action proves he is an extreme left liberal who flaunts his power in the face of the public regardless of the consequences or wishes of the people he is supposed to be serving. The man-child is an idealist who has never created a job, balanced a budget, fought a war or in any way lived the way most normal people have to live. He is the worst president in the history of this country and we will pay for his arrogance for generations.

Posted by: sjensley | February 26, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I hear when they get married when they throw the bouquet who ever catches it gets to take a shower with Ballerina Rahm ask Massa about the conseuqences of that.


Breaking News Glenn Beck is really working undercover for Obama as a CIA agent and is responsible for putting LSD in Nescafe that was shipped to Libya to hype up protestors to rise up against Moammar Gadhafi. When the despot falls this will all come out and Glenn will then become a basketball buddy of the presidents and join with Michelle to stop little kids from eating cupcakes.

Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo , PS you don’t have to send me money the song is free enjoy


Here’s a verse


Hey guys if you fought at the Khe San
when they stop giving your wife her meds and her last breath comes over her face
you’ll find comfort knowing some illegal or Gitmo detainee will gladly take her place.

Join Acorn once every 4 years vote a 1000 times a day
Obama , Schumer , Holder will keep the justice department away
Acorn Chuck says don’t worry about the voters we only need 51
Daffy,Goofy, Mickey, Minnie will vote for me when I run
The president thinks that kids should work hard in school
He wants Acorn at the table they think 13 year old hookers are cool


Posted by: JoeAstroturf | February 26, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Obamao misses "Man's Country" in Chicago. Maybe he is importing people into the White House fold so he can have someone on tap for a little extra "side business". For all you liberal sheep...it is VERY well known in Chicago about Dumbo and Rahmmie and their extracurricular activities at 5017 Clark St. They both have lifetime memberships and you just don't go there for idle man talk. FACT! It is one thing Obama forgot to cover up.

For all you liberal whiners, this isn't about "human rights". It's about sexual preferences aka choices. ObaMao will do ANYTHING to rip America apart. He is, bar none, the most divisive, racist person to occupy the White House EVER. He hasn't accomplished a d*mn thing other than making America look like fools.

Posted by: Rowdy1 | February 26, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"ps. if i get removed for this post, then the washington post is worse than its disgusting commentators and posters."

Pssst f they removed you we wouldn't see that brainiac. You apparently aren't smart enough to see the Dems are doing the EXACT SAME THING to you liberal sheep. Never noticed how the richest people in Congress are Dems? Never noticed how Presidents from both parties leave the White house richer than when they went in? Never noticed how the heads of these "non-profit" feel good special interest lobbyist groups for greening are all rich? Never noticed how the union 'leadership' lives so comfy? Never noticed how the Dems don't call for other Dems to be more civil, to give more, to help each other up - nope it's always the other side isn't doing enough... But no keep being a Lefty hack - maybe they would remove your post because you're a queer lefty liberal fag that should be lit on fire ;)

Posted by: fidelity1 | February 26, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Do all you folks posting multiple identical comments have dial-up connection, ADHD or what? Get cable,for goodness sakes. Press the ENTER key once. Thank you.

Oh yes, BRAVO to Jeremy Bernard!

Posted by: MissMay | February 26, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy installed a swimming pool and I guess that now he will have to build a San Francisco type bath house to show his sensitivity

Posted by: sirandrew | February 26, 2011 7:22 AM | Report abuse

If this freak administration represents the American way of life then many of our wars have been such a waste; ... at least the most recent ones. Might as well return our troops home. There is work to be done here.
PS - How is it that we cannot even send a boat large enough to Libya to get our citizens home. Somebody got his mind on things other than those that matter.

Posted by: pmxpilot | February 26, 2011 5:45 AM | Report abuse

If this freak administration represents the American way of life then many of our wars have been such a waste; ... at least the most recent ones. Might as well return our troops home. There is work to be done here.
PS - How is it that we cannot even send a boat large enough to Libya to get our citizens home. Somebody got his mind on things other than those that matter.

Posted by: pmxpilot | February 26, 2011 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Essen, that is not a rumor. Obama is gay as gay can be. He and Rahm have memberships at gay clubs in Chicago. Obama is this gift that keeps on giving. Everyday we get another wacked out revelation about this dingbat commie gay islam lovin president:)

Posted by: roxymlb | February 26, 2011 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Why are they holding the dog like that?

Posted by: EssenSieMich | February 26, 2011 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Why did that post 4 times. ?

Posted by: roxymlb | February 26, 2011 4:26 AM | Report abuse

Now that's a job that the right gay guy would be perfect at, especially after the last two incompetent fools who had the job. Rumor has it that if Obama loses he'll come out himself making him the second gay president.

Posted by: EssenSieMich | February 26, 2011 4:26 AM | Report abuse

Now everyone is gay:) Happy Happy Happy. Obama likes those gay clubs in Chicago so this all makes perfect sense. And don't give me any of that progressive homophobe crap. It is what it is.

Posted by: roxymlb | February 26, 2011 4:24 AM | Report abuse

Now everyone is gay:) Happy Happy Happy. Obama likes those gay clubs in Chicago so this all makes perfect sense. And don't give me any of that progressive homophobe crap. It is what it is.

Posted by: roxymlb | February 26, 2011 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Now everyone is gay:) Happy Happy Happy. Obama likes those gay clubs in Chicago so this all makes perfect sense. And don't give me any of that progressive homophobe crap. It is what it is.

Posted by: roxymlb | February 26, 2011 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Now everyone is gay:) Happy Happy Happy. Obama likes those gay clubs in Chicago so this all makes perfect sense. And don't give me any of that progressive homophobe crap. It is what it is.

Posted by: roxymlb | February 26, 2011 4:21 AM | Report abuse

So which is more important, that he is the new Social Secretary or that he is gay? This political correctness stuff would be funny if some people weren't actually serious about it.

Posted by: bubba31138 | February 26, 2011 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Confusing photo - Which one is the "partner?"

Posted by: Americanus | February 26, 2011 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Everyone in the Obama administration is so transparent they are now comical. Two years out from the election this guy is pandering to every and any minority group out there, forgetting it is the majority who, in the end, will determine his fate.

I expect in the upcoming election we will see gay Latino union thugs doing the work previously done by ACORN.

Posted by: KmaMedPR | February 26, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Why is this news? It's just a great appointment, and the guy looks far less arrogant and more competent than the pathetic Desiree Rogers. He and his partner are a handsome couple, and I wish the WP could have just focused on his qualifications, published the great photo, and left it at that.

Posted by: stonecarver | February 26, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Why is this news? It's just a great appointment, and the guy looks far less arrogant and more competent than the pathetic Desiree Rogers. He and his partner are a handsome couple, and I wish the WP could have just focused on his qualifications, published the great photo, and left it at that.

Posted by: stonecarver | February 25, 2011 11:59 PM | Report abuse

On the Down Low.

Posted by: Jack64 | February 25, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this guy can counsel Michelle on her fat a$$.

Posted by: Jack64 | February 25, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

pathetic...

Posted by: julcubdish | February 25, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I am always surprised at how much hate and bigotry we face in america. I hope that because we have to fight ourselves on issues like gay marriage, abortion, and other human rights issues, that we are wasting our time and resources when we could be spending them on advancing the common good of the nation. You all realize that there was a time in history that only the slaves thought slavery was wrong, right? Although I don't know why I bother bringing that up because I can only assume anyone who would go off on a tirade of homophobic(and when I say homophobic, I am implying that you are afraid of us, because unlike you, we educate ourselves)slurs, is also probably a racist. I might also add that people like yourselves are notorious for getting caught up in gay sex scandals. Finally, as soon as one of you teabaggers(i mean real teabaggers, as in the ones that suckle at the scrotums of big business and religion) can show me where in the constitution it says "no fags allowed", i will gladly bend over and continue to take it. Watch out though, I may enjoy it. and then you would be gay too. and god would smite us both. because apparently he exists. lol. no pics, no proof. Also to the retard that thinks that the democrats were the cause of slavery, try again. The southern democrats(aka Republicans now) supported slavery. Republicans(aka mostly northern modern day democrats abolished it. Thats why the south is generally republican and racist. But you must just live in the south. White power right dude?

Summary:

At least a gay man will tell you he is going to bone you up the anus. Republicans and general tea baggers will just pander till they get what they want, rape you, then steal all your money, call you a fag, then light you on fire.

ps. if i get removed for this post, then the washington post is worse than its disgusting commentators and posters.

Posted by: brocwillems | February 25, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

While I applaud the gentleman on his appointment, isn't this just being a little too stereotypical?

Posted by: luca_20009 | February 25, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Who cares.... on the left is obsessed with a persons sexuality. Obama is using this gay for political points...
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Posted by: buckk | February 25, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty funny that a gay guy becomes the social czar because no straight guy would ever take it. And the dog is cute.

Posted by: TruthMeister | February 25, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I think dwatson01 hit the nail on the head. Although I have trouble understanding what part of this story is news, I enjoyed reading the color commentary provided by the numerous wapo readers. Looks like this story drew a lot of people out of the wood work.

Posted by: ben_p1982 | February 25, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

So, i guess "teabagger" is hate speech again now?

Posted by: carlbatey | February 25, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

What does a social secretary do? anybody?

Posted by: mrce500 | February 25, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Keep Bigotry and Hate Alive!
Vote Republican!

Posted by: bobbarnes | February 25, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Honestly? Some of these comments make me sick to my stomach. God help your children if they turn out the way you prefer them.

If you want to know why America is falling behind in the world take a look in the mirror.

Posted by: Sinkovich107 | February 25, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

my my, down with DOMA and a new social secretary in the same week!!!

looks like 2012 has a few votes locked in already

but, why did this take 2 years?

for the next news cycle, perhaps we can focus on other issues such as the economy and the mess in the middle east.

but thanks for the enjoyable distraction and looking forward to reading about the next state dinner.

Posted by: onthejourney | February 25, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton had his Monica Lewinsky. Now bi-sexual Obama has his version. :)~

Posted by: tncdel | February 25, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

What a surprise, a teabagger in the whitehouse.

Posted by: LibsRlosers

Love it!

Posted by: njtou | February 25, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

A great hire for those progressives who follow such things closely.

Meanwhile, on other progressive fronts, we are still fire hosing billions of tax payer dollars every week in Afghanistan and Iraq and chirping about incremental progress after ten years. I think Obama needs to deal with this now and not blithely defer to the Pentagon again and again and again. He's the Preident not Bob Gates and Petraeus.

Posted by: DCsandiego | February 25, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Best comment?! Why thank you. Feel free to put some music with my lyrics, honey.

Posted by: flyingtree | February 25, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh for pity sakes, this is news? Not like he's the first openly gay person to either work at the White House or in Washington; why do we need labels and when was the last time a news story included the status of a heterosexual? Enough already, please...more information than anyone needs or requires.

Posted by: OhDarn | February 25, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

BEST COMMENT!

Oh, my Gaaaaaawd! Have you SEEN him? I MEAN. Oh, hold me back! Isn't he PRE-cious?? When will Barrack have the first REAL party anyway?

"I want to dance with him... I want to hold him closer than myself....I want to prance around and around and around'n'around'n'around and OH MY MY I think I might be agonna die......I want to dance with him...."

When Barrack? Forget that silly Ghadafi Libya whatever. LET'S DANCE!!

Posted by: coqui44 | February 25, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I personally don't care if he is gay, straight, black, white, or purple. What bothers me is why is the Federal Government wasting money on a Social Secretary? You know it's not just him. I'm sure he also has a staff and offices and who knows what. That seems like exactly the type of position that could be done away with until the economy gets a whole lot better.

Posted by: sjhollar | February 25, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Millions of Muslims are rioting and dying in the streets for basic rights, and our fruits declare that sodomy is a "human" right, that "life is the most basic right ", (ACLU statement re a murder on death row), but babies are exempted and may be murdered.

Washington and Wall Street are amoral and insane.

Posted by: Normalee1 | February 25, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Why does this boy surround himself with homosexuals both male and female? And to those whom may call me a homophobe, phobia means fear. I fear no queer.

Posted by: gascap | February 25, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm tho thwilled. Appointing a gay man SOD would be so news, appointing a gay man social secretary is cynical stereotyping. Or as one poster brilliantly noted, "Gay men do parties so well" ... just don't ask them to do anything serious. Obama gets more disgusting by the day.

Posted by: hughglass | February 25, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my Gaaaaaawd! Have you SEEN him? I MEAN. Oh, hold me back! Isn't he PRE-cious?? When will Barrack have the first REAL party anyway?

"I want to dance with him... I want to hold him closer than myself....I want to prance around and around and around'n'around'n'around and OH MY MY I think I might be agonna die......I want to dance with him...."

When Barrack? Forget that silly Ghadafi Libya whatever. LET'S DANCE!!

Posted by: flyingtree | February 25, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

His selection marked a second decision by Obama this week that delighted gay rights activists.
------------------
Whty don't you just come out and say that Obammy is just pandering and kissing their butts, for 2012?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 25, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

He better remember Sodom and Gomorrah.

Posted by: debinc2000 | February 25, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

A cynical person would think that after the announcement from the Justice Department earlier this week in regards to same sex marriage and now this very HIGH VISIBILITY profile appointment- one would question motives. Perhaps earning back the trust of a disillusioned voting group? A cynical person would wonder why this was announced on a Friday afternoon traditionally reserved for bad news.

Congratulations Mr.Bernard.

Posted by: menopausequeen | February 25, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

You can bet Obama will be down there blowing up the balloons ever time there's a party.

Or blowing something, anyway....

Where's Larry Sinclair when you need him?

Posted by: RobGL | February 25, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Its typical for Barry the-community-activist-and-street-agitator Obama: Divide everyone into a group, measure their politics and relative strength or usefulness, and then start parsing words and handing out jobs basis that.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 25, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

My God, it is true, this Obama Regime is the bottom of the barrel, the depths of chaos, the lowest of slime. There are completely out of their minds and hell bent on destroying this nation.

Posted by: walterndebby | February 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

After reading most of these comments, I am convinced there are many many so-called US citizens requiring their cranium extracted from their bowel. I'm just not sure whether the fresh air will kill them or the fact they can't blink and get that good all over feeling.

It's a social secretary. Why wasn't all this ravenous hate spewed when he became the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador of France? Oops that's right....your head was deeply implanted.

Posted by: ewjazzed | February 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The world is falling apart and Nero Obama fiddles with the homos.

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | February 25, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

How sweet!

Posted by: njtou | February 25, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People's House..."

"People's House"??? What kind of Marxist / Leninism garbage is this?

Deja Vous people. Jimmy Carter called it the "People's House," and Reagan made him eat cold-crow.

Obanmmy ought to go out and become the Mayor of West Hollywood, passing out free condoms.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 25, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh Whatever! O is doing all he can to deflect attention away from the real problems that are going on.

Posted by: MarkOden | February 25, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Well the boy won't have to go far to play around anymore.

Posted by: frankn1 | February 25, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if Jeremy is gay, open or closed?

Posted by: rteske | February 25, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Well the boy won't have to go far to play around anymore.

Posted by: frankn1 | February 25, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

How stereotypical. You can hold an office at the White House if you're gay as long as you're helping Michelle Obama put on parties or doing her hair.

Posted by: kenpasadena | February 25, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

A commentor wrote: "Bringing in the clowns ... continually ... Valerie Jarrett is valued as if his "sibling," sayeth "the pres?" Her background is the political alleys of Chicago? So as "Rome burns," and the international world unravels with middle-east unrest, who knew? A community organizer? Are those who voted for him now proud? Axelrod stated on CNN that "Americans don't notice?" WRONG! What a scar on the history of the United States!"

Why is "Rome burns" in quotation marks?

What's with the "sayeth"?

Who knew what?

Americans don't notice what? There must be some things we don't notice, so maybe Axelod was right. (Although, to tell the truth he gets on my nerves).

What's a scar on the history of the United States - not noticing? Axelrod? A community organizer hired as a social organizer?

But tell the truth. Do you honestly care this much that the social organizer at the WH (that's the person who throws parties) is gay?

Posted by: dwatson01 | February 25, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

A commentor wrote: "Bringing in the clowns ... continually ... Valerie Jarrett is valued as if his "sibling," sayeth "the pres?" Her background is the political alleys of Chicago? So as "Rome burns," and the international world unravels with middle-east unrest, who knew? A community organizer? Are those who voted for him now proud? Axelrod stated on CNN that "Americans don't notice?" WRONG! What a scar on the history of the United States!"

Why is "Rome burns" in quotation marks?

What's with the "sayeth"?

Who knew what?

Americans don't notice what? There must be some things we don't notice, so maybe Axelod was right. (Although, to tell the truth he gets on my nerves).

What's a scar on the history of the United States - not noticing? Axelrod? A community organizer hired as a social organizer?

But tell the truth. Do you honestly care this much that the social organizer at the WH (that's the person who throws parties) is gay?

Posted by: dwatson01 | February 25, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You know, dagner49, ronjaboy, aprilnovember811, fakedude2, and the rest of you making homophobic comments, the comments you made indicate you have some concerns about your own heterosexuality. The rest of you haters are of the variety who would say that Obama walked on water because he couldn't swim.

Interesting hire, Mr. President. Good job.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge | February 25, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

As if the Boxerized brass hats at the Pentagon pajama platoon's "Femmes up front!" and "'Chute in the gays!" weren't enough, wait till the Toweltops get a load of this and start rebroadcasting it to what's left of our already disrespected and demoralized fighting men.
IMPEACH-CONVICT-DEPORT!

Posted by: phvr38 | February 25, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Gee. So many homophobes. Good thing this guy wasn't African American or Asian on top of that, we might have had actual spittle staining the comments.

Congratulations, Mr.President. Good hire.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge | February 25, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama is gay.

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 25, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you guys at The Onion are really, really good!

Posted by: CapnRusty | February 25, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hands down, these are some of the weirdest, funniest and most incoherent comments I have ever read on any Post article. Who would have that a gay social coordinator would cause so much controversy and inspire so many bad jokes!

Posted by: dwatson01 | February 25, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Bringing in the clowns ... continually ... Valerie Jarrett is valued as if his "sibling," sayeth "the pres?" Her background is the political alleys of Chicago? So as "Rome burns," and the international world unravels with middle-east unrest, who knew? A community organizer? Are those who voted for him now proud? Axelrod stated on CNN that "Americans don't notice?" WRONG! What a scar on the history of the United States!

Posted by: SavvyRead | February 25, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, he's back with his true love!

Posted by: apdseal | February 25, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Talk about stereotyping gay men. WOW! Now Obama will appoint gay men only to other girlie jobs.

Posted by: gsweeten | February 25, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama will also 'make history' when he becomes the first African-American President to be impeached for refusing to uphold the laws of the United States.


Obama's new 'gayness' is already sickening me. Wonder how long it will take Michelle to file for divorce, when she discovers that her hubby is having an affair with a White House employee. Wonder if they like 'cigars' too.......

Posted by: momof20yo | February 25, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that special. Just like the good ole days at the Chicago Men's Club.

Posted by: covelomax | February 25, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Disgusting.

Now do we have to endure, in addition to "the first African-American", and 'the first woman" this or that, "the first gay" whatever. Give me a break.

Just be people. Normal, regular people judged by your character.

Posted by: oldiesfan1 | February 25, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The Barrack Obama regime is so beholden to the homosexual lobby, it is difficult to tell where one begins and where the other ends.

This is the most disgusting organization ever to hold power in this nation. This side of Berkley California that is.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | February 25, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What a surprise, a teabagger in the whitehouse.

Posted by: LibsRlosers | February 25, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

is he in charge of setting up obamas on the down side dates...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 25, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Please return the rainbow symbol to everyone. It is not just for gays. Children really like rainbows. They attract their attention due to the colors. Rainbows are for everyone. Do what you can to not have it a sexual symbol. It is an innocent symbol. It is a symbol from God. Only God can make a rainbow. It has nothing to do with sexual politics.

Posted by: rdominguez42 | February 25, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Many "family values" Republicans on Capitol Hill employ gay staffers.
There's nothing in the Constitution against it - nor being gay.

Republicans and Iranian mullahs are fearful of a gay planet.
sigh

Posted by: angie12106 | February 25, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse
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nobody is fearful....disgusted maybe, fearful never! The homosexuals have ruined a perfect old word in gay. The have highjacked an old fashioned word from the English language
sigh

Posted by: steelers01 | February 25, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Please return the rainbow symbol to everyone. It is not just for gays. Children really like rainbows. They attract their attention due to the colors. Rainbows are for everyone. Do what you can to not have it a sexual symbol. It is an innocent symbol. It is a symbol from God. Only God can make a rainbow. It has nothing to do with sexual politics.

Posted by: rdominguez42 | February 25, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

There are now more openly gays on the White House staff than there are Veterans!

With the departure of National Security Advisor General James Jones several months ago, NO ONE in the entire West Wing has ever donned a uniform in defense of this nation which makes Obama's truly a "Vet-less Administration."

All Americans should encourage Obama to add some real “diversity” to his administration and set an example for the rest of the country by hiring a few Vets. It might even have the serendipitous effect of lowering Veteran unemployment.

Want to know how I really feel, check out my Blog at: http://old-soldier-colonel.blogspot.com/

Posted by: A-COL | February 25, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Barry. I think he will do a wonderful job. His primary goal is to orchestrate perfect social gatherings at the WH.
Kudos to the Obamas for selecting him. I know you will keep the First Lady looking fabulous.

Posted by: concorde011 | February 25, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

What does being gay have to do this guy doing the job? Is the White House just a racist sexist boot camp for Communists? Seriously.. how freaking sick are you jagoffs?

I didn't like Democrats before because of that whole slavery thing. But since they've been taken over by Marxists- I despise and loathe them.

Hey token gay dude working for Obama. Read about the SA, the one's who brought Hitler to power, and what happened to them afterwards. Hint- They had purple triangle's first.

If you think an islamo-communist has your back, you deserve what's coming. That's all I have to say token idiot.

Posted by: HDThoreau | February 25, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, we know the Village People and Cyndi Lauper will be performing on the South Lawn any day now. Maybe they can put pink dye in the WH water fountains and paint a giant rainbow across the White House!

Posted by: mrice1 | February 25, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, since Rahm left, Obama has been lonesome. Now he can have fun again.

Posted by: fakedude2 | February 25, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

History. No, not at all. Barry is trolling for votes since his union buddies are being hammered so hard. This guy certainly might be capable, but to announce how historic this is, nah. Pure politics, and slimy politics at that.

Posted by: rdavid1020 | February 25, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Many "family values" Republicans on Capitol Hill employ gay staffers.
There's nothing in the Constitution against it - nor being gay.

Republicans and Iranian mullahs are fearful of a gay planet.
sigh

Posted by: angie12106 | February 25, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

No need for a resume if the primary qualifications for this position is male and gay.

Posted by: mike9270 | February 25, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Well we get repeal of DADT, then repeal or no enforcement of what real marriage is, now a gay or whatever in the WH. I suspect we will see a gay marriage there soon. And it is now ok for both Obama and Oprah to come on out. I guess when Gates leaves as SecDef Barney Frank will take over. Those pink barets and puse uniforms will look darling!

Posted by: KBlit | February 25, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Did they hire a gay who happens to be qualified or hire someone qualified who happens to be gay?

Hearing all the emphasis on this "historic" event, looks like the former.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 25, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is why he is so focused on gays.

http://newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-sex-and-murder-in-the-land-of-obama/#ixzz1E9BH4Jms

This White House is a giant freak show.

Posted by: aprilnovember811 | February 25, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

dagner49, you really should listen to yourself talk. Then you would realize what an idiot you are.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 25, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

dagner49, you really should listen to yourself talk. Then you would realize what an idiot you are.

Posted by: mbrumble | February 25, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama certainly seems to be doing his best to shore up the gay vote these days. Hope it doesn't hurt him in the election too much.

Posted by: jdonner2 | February 25, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama gay? I mean, this shift is amazing..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 25, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If Rush Limbaugh can hire openly gay performers for private parties, well the GOP really ought to concentrate their abundance of hate someplace else.

Posted by: Nymous | February 25, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

finally! you know that no one can do a social calendar like a gay man! say yes to the dress blues!

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | February 25, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are scrambling madly to shore up their rapidly imploding base!

It's not going to work, though; they are going the way of the Whig Party.

Posted by: JustJoe3 | February 25, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama is buns up kneeling for the gay vote. hey jeremy how's it feel to be the token?

Posted by: ronjaboy | February 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s appointment of Jeremy Bernard, an openly gay man, as social secretary is an insult to gays and lesbians equal employment rights. Why appoint a gay man to a stereotype job of social secretary? Aren’t the White House social secretaries usually women like Valerie Jarrett?

Posted by: klausdmk | February 25, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse


There is absolutely no question that he can do a better job than Desiree Rogers.

Other than stereotypes, I'm not sure how sexual preference has anything to do with his qualifications to do the job, but in light of several recent developments, it appears that Obama is really going after the gay vote.

Posted by: Benson | February 25, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

obama keeps surounding himself with openly gay men.he now supports agay marriage.makes you wonder what else our first black prez is up to with the one on one basketball private games while wife 8is out of town.

Posted by: dagner49 | February 25, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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