Woman Named White House Chief Usher for First Time

Now, can you guess what a chief usher’s job entails?

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

At the swanky Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City hotel, Angella Reid is the general manager. At the White House, she will be chief usher.

OK, show of white-gloved hands. Who knows what a chief usher is? Bueller? Bueller? Anybody? To our surprise it does not involve handing out programs, taking tickets or seeing people to their seats. Rather, it’s a quite important job: managing the executive residence and grounds.

So, kudos to Reid—the first woman to be named chief usher—for snagging the position.

According to a press release from the White House and the Office of the First Lady, Reid, who has worked in hotel management for 25 years, will be the ninth person to usher chiefly and is expected to start her new job next month.

May we recommend that her first order as usher be ushering in a new title?

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First Published October 7, 2011

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