White House Fires First African-American Female Usher
The White House fires the first woman and second African-American to hold the position of chief usher. Angella Reid has held the position since October, 2011. The chief usher works closely with the first family offering guidance on furnishings and decor. The position oversees all activities in the White House residence and works as the general manager of the building. This includes everything from managing the large staff of butlers, maids, chefs, florists and electricians to fiscal, administrative and personal duties.
Presidential historian and professor of history at Rice University, Douglas Brinkley, said it is highly unusual for an administration to fire its chief usher, especially without providing any explanation. He said, “If there is a very compelling reason for the dismissal, the White House needs to tell the public, otherwise it comes off as cruel.”
Reid is No Longer Working at the White House
When the White House residence staff arrived at work today they were told that Reid was no longer employed. The identify of the person releasing this information was not given. Next, a White House official, again, not identified, confirmed that Reid is no longer working at the White House. This unidentified source said, “We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best.” The White House declined to provide any specifics for the reasons behind Reid’s dismissal.
Perhaps more details will be revealed in the days ahead. Either that, or the firing will remain a mystery.