Monday, February 26, 2007

Maybe I could get a job at the White House

Seems the Chief Usher at the White House has retired, and the hunt is on for his replacement.

Here's the most recent Chief Usher's bio:
Gary Walters, White House Chief Usher, is responsible for the effective operation of the Executive Residence at the White House as the home of the President, site of Official and Ceremonial activities of the Presidency, and a museum of our American history. He develops and administers the budget for the operation, maintenance, and utilities and supervises the Executive Residence staff.

Mr. Walters has served as Chief Usher since being appointed by President Reagan in 1986. He served as Assistant Usher from 1976-1986 after initially being appointed by President Ford. Mr. Walters was member of the Executive Protective Service (Uniformed Division), United States Secret Service from 1970-1975. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and served from 1970-1975 in the United States Army.
Well, maybe not. I likely don't have the best temperment for the job. From the Washington Post last October:
Gary Walters, the longtime chief usher at the White House who has kept the secrets of seven first families, will retire at the end of the year after nearly four decades of service.

Walters, 60, who manages the 132-room mansion with a staff of 95 and a $10 million budget, said last night that he told first lady Laura Bush and the president last week of his decision.

"It's been nearly 40 years of not having an opportunity to set my own agenda and never knowing when I'd be home, " Walters said. "It's been wonderful but it just felt like it was time for me to go."
Maybe the President and the First Lady will tap some Coast Guard flag officer for the job...

The picture with this post is from the White House website and is in the public domain.

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