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April 18, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deesha Dyer, a 37-year-old Philadelphia native, has been named the new White House social secretary, Michelle Obama announced Thursday. She replaces Jeremy Bernard, the first male social secretary, who recently announced that he would leave the post. Dyer, who was Bernard's deputy, started working at the White House in 2009 as an intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance. The social secretary helps to coordinate state dinners and official visits to the White House, among many duties.
NEWS
July 28, 1986
Apparently even the law is no obstacle when the Reagan administration wants to help the Teamsters Union - the only major labor union to support Ronald Reagan's candidacy in 1980 and again in 1984. Federal law requires the government to remain neutral in contests between unions for the right to represent workers. That, however, didn't stop the White House last fall from helping the Teamsters win a close election to represent civilian employees at Fort Sill, Okla. Mitchell Daniels, political director for the White House, personally arranged for the Army to help the Teamsters.
NEWS
August 7, 1988 | Inquirer Washington Bureau
Tourist alert: If you're planning to say "cheese" in front of the White House this summer, forget it. Not only is the presidential mansion draped in plastic cloth, suggesting a creation by wrap-artist Christo, but also an 8-foot-high gray plywood fence obscures much of what is left of the view from Pennsylvania Avenue. Contractors are stripping the White House of 30-odd coats of paint it has accumulated since 1797. The porous Aquia Creek sandstone has been painted periodically since it was initially whitewashed, each coat on top of the other.
NEWS
January 28, 2000 | PHOTO CAPTION ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hot! Hot! Hot! there's more to running for president then just debating policy - you even have to do some very silly things. In the first installment of our weekly series, we find Al "What's it going to take to make me an Alpha Male?" Gore contributing to an Iowa potluck supper.
LIVING
July 13, 1986 | By Gary Haynes, Inquirer Graphic Arts Director
One of the most romanticized jobs in news photography is the assignment to cover the White House. As is sometimes the case, however, the romance differs from the reality. For reasons of security and politics, few unguarded moments of a President or his family are ever recorded on film. Almost all the pictures result from situations that are stage-managed and stopwatch-timed. Photographers have never had unlimited access to the President, but in recent years the proliferation of White House photographers, representing newspapers, magazines, television networks and independent stations as well as the photographers on the White House staff, has made shooting more difficult, even when the White House cooperates with a few minutes of the President's time.
NEWS
December 26, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
President Clinton and his family celebrated Christmas in the White House yesterday, with the President giving his wife a book that takes a nostalgic look at baseball, a spokesman said yesterday. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, received the gift of Mudville Diaries, a book of baseball memories collected by Mike Schacht, said the spokesman, Josh Silverman. Details of other gifts were not immediately available so as not to intrude on the Clintons' privacy, Silverman said.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Jerry Markon and Peter Wallsten, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The White House and the nation's most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense, behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama's push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. In a series of recent meetings and calls, top White House aides have pressed nonprofit groups to line up behind the president's plan for reducing the federal deficit and averting the year-end fiscal cliff, according to people familiar with the talks.
NEWS
December 24, 2009 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Three things to keep in mind should I ever be invited back to a White House holiday party: Uttering "Salahi" in line is like saying "bomb" on an airplane; know how to address the first lady before you're in the room with her; and don't blink - you won't get a second picture for a Christmas photo with the commander in chief. Last week, my wife and I arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. about 15 minutes before a party's scheduled 7 p.m. start time. That commencement hour was the first difference we noted when comparing the current occupants to their predecessors - the Bushes' started, and ended earlier.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2015 | Jenice Armstrong, Daily News
DEESHA DYER has come a long way from her days of handing out free condoms at Fluid and other local nightclubs. These days, instead of trying to persuade partygoers to get themselves tested for HIV, she's in charge of all of the social functions at the White House. Yeah, you read that right. The White House as in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. As the new White House social secretary, her job is to work closely with first lady Michelle Obama to compile guest lists for opulent dinners honoring visiting dignitaries such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, who's coming in September.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deesha Dyer, a 37-year-old Philadelphia native, has been named the new White House social secretary, Michelle Obama announced Thursday. She replaces Jeremy Bernard, the first male social secretary, who recently announced that he would leave the post. Dyer, who was Bernard's deputy, started working at the White House in 2009 as an intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance. The social secretary helps to coordinate state dinners and official visits to the White House, among many duties.
SPORTS
April 3, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - You can sit down and talk basketball with Brett Brown 24/7 without hesitation. But the 76ers coach doesn't prefer to do that. Though basketball is his livelihood, he is a well-traveled man who graduated from Boston University and is very informed about all sorts of subjects. He feels a real importance to interact with his young team on other things besides the game they play for a living. It's why the team organized a trip to the White House on Tuesday. Before last night's game against the Wizards in the nation's capital, players and others from the organization on the tour showed off cellphone pictures of what they saw the day before.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, The Daily News
D AN AYKROYD ducked out from under the cover of his security detail Friday to literally stop and smell the roses at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, his handlers told me over the weekend. The 62-year-old actor and screenwriter was in town Friday for the Flower Show and to promote his Crystal Head vodka, which enjoyed a booth next to the PA Wine & Spirits table inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.). It was no surprise that a seemingly endless line of people snaked around the perimeter of the grand ballroom inside the convention center - each guest waiting patiently to meet Aykroyd and for him to sign a vodka bottle.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia-area lawmakers gave a generally warm reception to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress Tuesday, though some Democrats were angered by the circumstances around it. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.) said he entered skeptical about international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, and found his view reinforced. "I'm deeply concerned with what I'm hearing," said Boyle, a freshman member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker has found a signature issue. The New Jersey Democrat has become one of the most vocal and visible advocates for reforming the way the criminal justice system hands out sentences and treats people after they leave prison. After keeping a low profile early in his Senate tenure, Booker has added his voice to a sprawling coalition that includes would-be presidential candidates on the right such as Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R., Texas); two of the most senior liberal voices, Sens.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Bibi Netanyahu wants to make sure President Obama doesn't ink a nuclear deal with Tehran. Any nuclear deal. In an effort to prevent such a deal, the Israeli prime minister (known at home as "Bibi," not Benjamin) has used unprecedented means to do an end run around the White House. His ambassador to Washington (and right-hand man), Ron Dermer, schemed with Republican House Speaker John Boehner to have Netanyahu address a joint session of Congress - on March 3 - without first informing the White House.
REAL_ESTATE
February 8, 2015 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
When it comes to Philadanco, the award-winning dance company she created back in 1970, Joan Myers Brown is all focus. Fervor for the company, she acknowledges, has been second only to her delight in family. "My home, well, it's a good place to kick off my shoes and relax. But it's nothing fancy. " What her University City home is, however, is a warm and welcoming place that has brought Brown back from her years of rearing children in the suburbs to a more urban existence.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected in Philadelphia next week, where they are scheduled to speak at the House Democrats' policy retreat in Society Hill. The two-day gathering will bring the entire caucus to the city for two days of huddling about their strategy for the next two years. Obama will speak next Thursday and Biden the following day, the White House said. Politico first reported their plans. Local congressmen hope the event will also give them a chance to show off the city as Philadelphia pushes to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Privacy advocates say they welcome the Obama administration's renewed emphasis on enhancing data security and protecting identity-theft victims, consumers who shop online, and children whose schools sell their personal information. But they are worried by details emerging from the White House - especially by drafts of a proposed federal data-breach law that would preempt stronger state laws. Breach disclosures mandated by states such as California are a main reason why Americans know about major data-security lapses in the first place.
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