White Gloves Not Needed

Some months after Jeremy Bernard became the first man and openly gay person to be the White House social secretary, he visited an assisted living center in suburban Maryland. There, he and Letitia Baldrige, the 86-year-old legendary social secretary of the Kennedy administration, spent what Mrs. Baldrige fondly remembers as a convivial hour and a half over a French white wine chatting about guest lists and other secrets of the job.


Mrs. Baldrige said she also offered Mr. Bernard an important piece of advice: “Keep your mouth shut.”





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