White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard and longtime ANGLE friends Chris Hershey and Susan Van Horn. (Photo by Karen Ocamb)
That first April 20, 2012 New York Times article on Los Angeles-based politico Jeremy Bernard speaks volumes:
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."
And so he has.
Indeed. And his friends help him keep that ethic in public. Ergo, everything that was said by anyone at the party Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs and his documentary filmmaker husband Shaun Kadiec (“Born This Way”) threw for Jeremy as he returned home to LA for a few days this weekend was OFF THE RECORD! As the instant-historian for LGBT LA, however, they OKed me snapping some photos – such as the one above with Jeremy and his old ANGLE buddies, Chris Hershey and her photographer wife Susan Van Horn.
I wish I could tell you who was telling what funny, irreverent, wise-cracking jokes and stories at the party – but I can’t so you’ll just have to imagine. But here are some snaps with hopefully acceptable photo-caps: