Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jeremy Bernard: The Obamas Are "Best Bosses"

White House Social Secretary feted in Los Angeles at party attended by Obama Campaign bigwigs, politicos, and DC journalists...
President Obama and First Lady Obama are "the greatest and best bosses one could work for," said White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard on Saturday night at a party thrown in his honor at the Los Angeles home of Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs and his partner Shawn Kadlec.  The President and Mrs. Obama were finishing up the President's 50th birthday celebration at Camp David as Bernard relaxed at the outdoor party, with friends that included California politicos, major Obama Campaign supporters, a smattering of Hollywood types, and journalists. Above: Bernard, in pink, chats with longtime Obama supporter LA County Supervisor Zev Yarovslavsky, center, and Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon, Southern California finance co-chair of the President's re-election campaign.

Bernard raised millions as California finance consultant for Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign before the President appointed him Special Assistant and Social Secretary earlier this year, and has rarely spoken about his bosses publicly. He joked that he was “thrilled to be at something with his name on it where I’m not asking for money," reported LGBT POV. Bernard also chatted about his work at the White House, and was reportedly quizzed about throwing State Dinners.  Bernard masterfully handled his first State Dinner in June, when President Obama honored German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a dinner for more than 200 guests, which was anchored by a menu spotlighting Mrs. Obama's Kitchen Garden, and featured a Bauhaus-inspired decorating scheme. (Above: Bernard with host Jacobs)

Guests included Mary Jane Stevenson, head of Organizing for America in California; Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.); Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yarovslavsky; City Controller Wendy Gruel; Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart; former CA state senator Sheila Kuehl; Michael Keegan, President of People for the American Way; DNC Super Delegate Kermin Maddox; actor Mary McCormack and her husband, produce/director Michael Morris, and Torie Osborne; Rick Jacobs; Variety's Ted Johnson, who writes the Wilshire & Washington column about the intersection of politics & Hollywood; and Trevor Daley, special assistant to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). (Above: Bernard with Capehart)

Bernard is the first-ever male Social Secretary in White House history, as well as the first openly gay Social Secretary. (Above: Bernard with OFA's Stevenson)

*Photos by Karen Ocamb, LGBT POV

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