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Angella Reid Says Bye-Bye Ritz Carlton, Hello White House

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October 5, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Almost three years ago, America welcomed its first black president. This week, history was made again when the White House hired its first-ever female Chief Usher, Angella Reid.

OK, fine, not quite as ground-breaking as Obama's inauguration. But still! One small step...yada yada. Reid will leave her post as general manager of the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City to take over the coveted position, which entails housekeeping duties like property inventory, state dinners, and Inauguration Day house moves. That last one's gotta be a doozy—moving the president isn't exactly your standard U-Haul by-the-hour operation!

Two decades of work for the Ritz Carlton brand (at properties in Miami, New York, D.C., and Rocky Hill, CT) should have prepared Reid for the role, which former Chief Usher Gary Walters told C-Span is "not always easy".

"[During Inauguration Day, the president becomes] the president of the United States and he’s got enough on his mind, and there’s enough demands for the first lady, so it’s our objective to, in a short period of time, convert the house over and make the house a home, which is not always easy"

It's one thing tending to large drunken wedding parties, or recovering stolen Rembrandt etchings. But running the White House? This one goes from our usual Cool Hotel Jobs category straight into a new one we just made up: Ridiculously Hard Jobs We're Grateful We Don't Have.

Hm, we wonder if the White House directors had planned any "casting calls" a la W Hotels or Mondrian Soho.

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