Sunday, October 23, 2011

Congratulations: Former Social Secretary Julianna Smoot Gets Married

Now Deputy Campaign Manager, Smoot wed Lon Johnson on Saturday...
Wishes of joy are due President Obama and First Lady Obama's former Social Secretary, Julianna Smoot, who married Lon Johnson on Saturday during a ceremony in Northport, Michigan, according to an announcement in today's New York Times. Smoot, 44, was the second Social Secretary of the Administration, and now works in Chicago as the Deputy Campaign Manager for President Obama's re-election machine. She took up her post as Social Secretary in March of 2010. During her one-year tenure, Smoot oversaw hundreds of social events, including two elegant State Dinners--in honor of President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and in honor of President Hu Jintao of China--as well as the 2010 Easter Egg Roll, the largest event on the annual White House social calendar, with about 30,000 guests.  (Above: Smoot with the President at the Roll)

Smoot replaced inaugural Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, and departed a year later, and was replaced by Jeremy Bernard in March of 2011. In recent months, as Deputy Campaign Manager for the President, Smoot has been working on fundraisers such as the Dinner with Barack Sweepstakes and the Obama Birther Mug.

The NYT wedding announcement:

Julianna Skinner Smoot and Lon Barton Johnson were married Saturday in Northport, Mich. The Rev. Thomas H. John Sr. performed the ceremony at the Northport Indian Mission United Methodist Church, where he is pastor.

The bride, 44, is keeping her name. She works in Chicago as a deputy manager for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Until March, she was the White House social secretary. She graduated from Smith. She is a daughter of Edward B. Smoot and Julia L. Smoot of Willow Springs, N.C.

The bridegroom, 40, is a partner in TVV Capital, a private fund in Nashville that invests in small and midsize manufacturers and other companies, chiefly in the Southeast. He graduated from Arizona State University. He is a son of Vivian L. Pluff of Onsted, Mich., and Gary S. Johnson of Richland, Pa.

*White House photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama; announcement photo from New York Times

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