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Another openly gay Biden appointee: Rufus Gifford will be chief of protocol at the State Department

Pic of Gifford on the right with his husband below. Obama's ambassador to Denmark, apparently Gifford is something of a celebrity on the diplomatic circuit.

What does the Chief of Protocol at State do?

[quote]The chief of protocol oversees not only State Department functions but also Blair House, the presidential guest house across from the White House. He or she routinely travels with the president, ensuring all formalities are arranged with foreign governments.

[quote]The chief's hand also is usually the first shaken by a dignitary upon arriving in the United States. Gifford will also act as a liaison between the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington and the Biden administration.

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by Anonymousreply 123June 25, 2022 1:05 PM

Hot older couple

by Anonymousreply 1January 13, 2021 9:27 PM

They should've gotten Kathie Lee Gifford.

by Anonymousreply 2January 13, 2021 9:29 PM

Or Sandra Lee ... can you imagine the tablescapes?

by Anonymousreply 3January 13, 2021 9:30 PM

Rufus without Chaka Khan?

by Anonymousreply 4January 13, 2021 9:35 PM

I can just picture it.

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by Anonymousreply 5January 13, 2021 9:36 PM

This will always be my favorite picture of the (veterinarian) husband.

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by Anonymousreply 6January 13, 2021 9:37 PM

Well, it’s sort of a stereotypical view of gay manhood, but it’s also ... sort of true.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 13, 2021 9:39 PM

Has Don bought Greenland yet?

by Anonymousreply 8January 13, 2021 9:52 PM

Will he also present hole?

by Anonymousreply 9January 13, 2021 10:31 PM

RG is a FOAF (though more tenuous than that sounds). She knew him from his campaign to become a US representative from Massachusetts. Very nice man, cultured, kind, sophisticated. Not much about the husband that I remember but the photo tells me all I think I need to know. Handsome vet in great shape — gay you say?

But good for him. Smart guy.

by Anonymousreply 10January 13, 2021 10:43 PM

Why does that image preview say “targets”? It’s not in the Axios headline and it’s a poor choice of words to use with a Biden appointee.

by Anonymousreply 11January 13, 2021 10:46 PM

I bet he was gorgeous in college...

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by Anonymousreply 12January 13, 2021 10:50 PM

That's hot, R6

by Anonymousreply 13January 13, 2021 10:53 PM

The husband is silver daddy hot but a definite thirst trapper. He has a couple posts TA here he shows off his current sexiness in undress or pics from His youth in which he shows body. A bit much. Can’t wait for a state dinner with middle eastern leaders.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 13, 2021 11:00 PM

"The chief of protocol oversees not only State Department functions but also Blair House, the presidential guest house across from the White House. He or she routinely travels with the president, ensuring all formalities are arranged with foreign governments."

So - no more Big Macs for the dinner guests, then? Sad.

by Anonymousreply 15January 13, 2021 11:00 PM

[quote]The husband is silver daddy hot but a definite thirst trapper. He has a couple posts TA here he shows off his current sexiness in undress or pics from His youth in which he shows body. A bit much. Can’t wait for a state dinner with middle eastern leaders.

Frankly, I find it to be an embarrassment that a senior political appointee, let alone Chief of Protocol, is married with what is essentially a porn model.

I guess Varst Lady lowered the bar so far that it simply doesn't matter anymore.

by Anonymousreply 16January 13, 2021 11:10 PM

Aw, it so nice to get back to looking at White House staff and appointees with admiration and respect, instead of the horror and shame Dump brought.

R16, who cares about a sexy picture? Get back to us when Dr Jill shows tits & vag

by Anonymousreply 17January 13, 2021 11:15 PM

He had his own reality show in Copenhagen.

[quote] As with so many things, the idea for the show began with a YouTube video. In Gifford’s case, it was a State Department–produced, meet-the-ambassador promo that got the attention of TV producer Erik Struve Hansen, who’d recently done a reality show with a Danish pop star. Struve Hansen says he saw beyond “corny” scenes of Gifford introducing himself in Danish, kayaking with DeVincent on the Potomac, and talking about Denmark, to see a guy who “looked like a Hollywood film star” and was “warm and had good energy.” Gifford was also open about his sexuality and active on social media—the very model of a modern diplomat.


[quote] “He’s become one of the darlings of our channel,” says Struve Hansen, who expects big ratings for the 2015 season finale in which Gifford and the equally telegenic DeVincent tied the knot at Copenhagen’s City Hall, on October 10, in front of friends, family, and a big crowd, including press gathered outside. (Gifford tweeted and Instagrammed pictures of President Obama’s handwritten congratulatory note, as well as one of the newlyweds.

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by Anonymousreply 18January 13, 2021 11:21 PM

I am somewhat embarrassed to say on DL that I watched their reality show and found them to be so wholesome and a great representation of America abroad.

by Anonymousreply 19January 13, 2021 11:23 PM

Step aside Pete and Chasten!

by Anonymousreply 20January 13, 2021 11:28 PM

The naked guy in R6 isn't Gifford's husband, that is Stephen Ritts

by Anonymousreply 21January 14, 2021 12:24 AM

It’s a good consolation prize for a lightweight political fundraiser.

by Anonymousreply 22January 14, 2021 12:44 AM

Tangentially: Jonathan Capehart’s husband is a former Assistant Chief of Protocol.

by Anonymousreply 23January 14, 2021 12:53 AM

R16=frau cunt

by Anonymousreply 24January 14, 2021 5:01 AM

They are one in the same R21. He used the name Ritts for his modeling career

by Anonymousreply 25January 14, 2021 5:25 AM

What’s the chief of protocol ?

by Anonymousreply 26January 14, 2021 6:03 AM

Read the original post, R26

by Anonymousreply 27January 14, 2021 6:34 AM

He ain't no Pete Buttigieg.

by Anonymousreply 28January 14, 2021 7:32 AM

They should’ve picked ME!

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by Anonymousreply 29January 14, 2021 1:36 PM

Mrs. St. John: Sunny, dear, are you coming? Sunny: Not quite, ma'am.

by Anonymousreply 30January 14, 2021 1:38 PM

[quote]Can’t wait for a state dinner with middle eastern leaders.

Why, R14? What do you think will happen?

Middle Eastern leaders have been meeting with gay envoys from the West for years. It's been uneventful.

by Anonymousreply 31January 14, 2021 3:08 PM

R31, correct

by Anonymousreply 32January 14, 2021 3:53 PM

Time for a sandwich...

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by Anonymousreply 33January 14, 2021 4:13 PM

Beautiful couple, by the husband of an ambassador (and now Chief of Protocol) needs to be more discreet.

by Anonymousreply 34January 14, 2021 5:24 PM

Four-way with Pete and Chasten?

by Anonymousreply 35January 14, 2021 5:47 PM

Protocol Droid.

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by Anonymousreply 36January 14, 2021 5:51 PM

What does the chief of protocol even do? Be gay and proper?

by Anonymousreply 37January 14, 2021 6:19 PM

Keeps track of who enters dinner with Princess Anne.

Great job! Jealous.

by Anonymousreply 38January 14, 2021 6:42 PM

I think this a A++++ gay couple is as chic and glamorous as exists today. They are handsome, accomplished and clearly very rich. This house is gorgeous.

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by Anonymousreply 39June 21, 2022 7:01 PM

In past days their roles would be played by Edward Everett Horton and Franklin Pangborn

by Anonymousreply 40June 21, 2022 7:56 PM

Have Macron and Justin scheduled appointments with Rufus yet?

by Anonymousreply 41June 21, 2022 8:01 PM

I'll put Madison and Cousin Stephen in charge.

by Anonymousreply 42June 21, 2022 8:02 PM

So he's a protocolologist.

by Anonymousreply 43June 21, 2022 8:09 PM

Sexy silver fox hot daddy coupling, at least Biden's support is progressive.

by Anonymousreply 44June 21, 2022 8:27 PM

"You love who you love"-Joe Biden on gay marriage, back in 2012.

by Anonymousreply 45June 21, 2022 8:34 PM

Is he in charge of state visits and dinners?

by Anonymousreply 46June 21, 2022 8:38 PM

[quote] I'll put Madison and Cousin Stephen in charge.

These two could get some Grade A cock. They don't need to attend your GQP cocaine fueled orgies with the likes of Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz.

by Anonymousreply 47June 21, 2022 8:44 PM

The husband has some bad skin, though.

by Anonymousreply 48June 21, 2022 8:54 PM

I think it's fitting that a gay man should be Chief of Proctology.

by Anonymousreply 49June 21, 2022 8:55 PM

r39 that home is gorgous. DL shoudl love them because one comes from a legilt WASP family. Could see his parents on his documentary. Monied and just cold enough to give DLers a hard on. The old one is obviously a hard worker. I'd love to be in their soical circle.

by Anonymousreply 50June 21, 2022 9:13 PM

[quote] Sexy silver fox hot daddy coupling, at least Biden's support is progressive.

That ambiguous word 'progressive' is being used by all kinds of charlatans nowdays.

by Anonymousreply 51June 21, 2022 10:52 PM

[quote] 'progressive'

Different people across the political spectrum and across the planet have completely different definitions of what that word means.

by Anonymousreply 52June 21, 2022 11:02 PM

The State Department is full of treasonous Communists. That place attracts the worst people imaginable.

by Anonymousreply 53June 21, 2022 11:35 PM

Handsome couple. I would have thought he was older than 47.

by Anonymousreply 54June 21, 2022 11:48 PM

[quote] The State Department is full of treasonous Communists

Do you think old Biden is giving them preference?

by Anonymousreply 55June 22, 2022 12:04 AM

Where did Rufus get all his money? His Ambassadorship could only have come with big donations to Obama’s campaign. He would have been in his 30’s at the time.

by Anonymousreply 56June 22, 2022 12:23 AM

His father is wealthy and a Democratic donor, so that could be part of it.

by Anonymousreply 57June 22, 2022 12:36 AM

There once was a man from Nantucket…

by Anonymousreply 58June 22, 2022 12:41 AM

If there’s one thing gays do right it’s protocol and class.

by Anonymousreply 59June 22, 2022 12:42 AM

I saw the ambassador’s reality show and it was really bad. The father was the best, actually the only good, part of the show. The ambassador ran for Congress, but was soundly defeated. Finished toward the bottom of a lengthy list of candidates. His ex is some prominent guy in LA.

by Anonymousreply 60June 22, 2022 12:57 AM

Finally! A fuckable gay couple in the administration

by Anonymousreply 61June 22, 2022 3:15 AM

YES! Love Uncle Joe.

by Anonymousreply 62June 22, 2022 3:17 AM

R21 yes it is. Stephen DeVincent is/was Stephen Ritts when it came to shooting soft core pics. Hot man.

by Anonymousreply 63June 22, 2022 3:56 AM

R57 the ambassador came from money. How father was the chairman of Bank of America. He went to St. Paul’s boarding school, and then Brown. Worked in movie production for a bit. Ended up finance director for Obama campaign and more recently associate finance director for Biden campaign. Donations and high level campaign work lead to ambassadorships. The money also helped snag the hot hubby and the houses in Nantucket and Concord.

by Anonymousreply 64June 22, 2022 4:01 AM

I actually remember Stephen's BigMuscle profile way back when.

by Anonymousreply 65June 22, 2022 4:54 AM

It’s absolutely shocking that Biden appointed a gay man that is neither black nor identifying as something stupid and woke like “nonbinary “or “queer.”

by Anonymousreply 66June 22, 2022 5:06 AM

No, it's not.

by Anonymousreply 67June 22, 2022 5:07 AM

Which one is the top?

by Anonymousreply 68June 22, 2022 5:10 AM


by Anonymousreply 69June 22, 2022 5:10 AM

Meanwhile, we have "brethren" on the other side of politics who can't even secure a crusty booth at their chosen party's convention.

by Anonymousreply 70June 22, 2022 5:16 AM

Handsome guy. I bet he's be a great dinner guest. Oh the stories.

by Anonymousreply 71June 22, 2022 5:17 AM

R68 the diplomat is the bottom. They all are.

by Anonymousreply 72June 22, 2022 5:18 AM

He puts the ASS in ambassador.

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by Anonymousreply 73June 22, 2022 5:21 AM

[quote] This house is gorgeous.

The house is awful. Nothing on architectural digest is everything gorgeous, there’s your first clue.

by Anonymousreply 74June 22, 2022 5:36 AM

So Madam Ambassador has never really worked for a living. as in a real job, been more or less on the public payroll for most of her 'career'.

by Anonymousreply 75June 22, 2022 5:44 AM

^And twat do you do, dear?

by Anonymousreply 76June 22, 2022 5:51 AM

[quote] Stephen Ritts

So was this "Stephen Ritts" a protégé to pornographer Herb Ritts?

by Anonymousreply 77June 22, 2022 5:55 AM

We work for a living, Miss r76, never received a penny of public money.

by Anonymousreply 78June 22, 2022 5:58 AM

Oh, I'm sure you've gotten pubic money.

by Anonymousreply 79June 22, 2022 6:00 AM

The house is lovely, and they are undeniably a very attractive couple. Money, looks, and career success. Seem to have it all.

by Anonymousreply 80June 22, 2022 6:06 AM

[quote] So Madam Ambassador has never really worked for a living

Ambassadors are chosen from pretty people to attend parties and hand out press-releases.

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, Shirley Temple and John Gavin were all ambassadors with no particular merit or skill apart from their good looks.

by Anonymousreply 81June 22, 2022 6:07 AM

Maybe he's good with people. A people person.

by Anonymousreply 82June 22, 2022 6:11 AM

Beginning to look alike

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by Anonymousreply 83June 22, 2022 6:13 AM


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by Anonymousreply 84June 22, 2022 6:15 AM


by Anonymousreply 85June 22, 2022 6:16 AM

That's a hard 47, we thought she was at least 10 years older.

by Anonymousreply 86June 22, 2022 6:45 AM

Now that's a meaty Sandwich.

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by Anonymousreply 87June 22, 2022 6:55 AM

According to Washington Post, Stephen was 56 in 2015

So he’s 63 now

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by Anonymousreply 88June 22, 2022 6:56 AM

^ The Washington Post article, which is behind a paywall

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by Anonymousreply 89June 22, 2022 6:57 AM

R81 Ambassadors = Party-throwing schmoozers

by Anonymousreply 90June 22, 2022 7:20 AM

He's more handsome than Pete Buttplug that's for sure.

by Anonymousreply 91June 22, 2022 7:21 AM

Are *all* ambassadors basically patronage rewards & figureheads, or only ambassadors to small countries? I just have a hard time imagining that the US would appoint some rank amateur whose only qualification is "being rich" to represent the US to a country like Britain, France, or Germany, assuming that ambassadors have actual managerial duties like "managing embassy staff".

by Anonymousreply 92June 22, 2022 7:27 AM

He's gay good-looking and successful. We hate him!!

by Anonymousreply 93June 22, 2022 7:32 AM

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is ambassador to Australia. And Victoria Reggie Kennedy is Ambassador to Austria

Half of these schmoozers are female.

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by Anonymousreply 94June 22, 2022 7:59 AM

R92 —most ambassadors spend their careers in the foreign service, and work their way up, as in a company. They have field experience, postings to hellholes, speak obscure languages, and get regular salaries. The plum positions (Europe for those who are semi-competent, the Caribbean for those who are stupid, but have lots of money) go to large donors or others due to patronage. Ask yourself, would Caroline Kennedy serve in Somalia? If the answer is no, then that posting would go to a career officer. Would Caroline Kennedy serve in Mozambique/Niger/Myanmar/El Salvador? Nope. Therefore they’d go to the service officers as well. Would she serve in Italy? Yes, so that’d be a patronage position.

When Gifford had his reality show, he tried to butch it up by going on “special military maneuvers” with the Danish armed forces to Greenland. It was a joke. He also would do “thirst trap” scenes by appearing in his boxer briefs, as I recall.

by Anonymousreply 95June 22, 2022 8:22 AM

WFH Realness

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by Anonymousreply 96June 22, 2022 8:48 AM

Throwback: on the Big Day

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by Anonymousreply 97June 22, 2022 8:56 AM

OMG, too much HOTNESS in one pic!

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by Anonymousreply 98June 22, 2022 9:06 AM

OP he presents hole with grace and decorum.

by Anonymousreply 99June 22, 2022 9:53 AM

Rufus is a really hideous name and he’s not even a redhead.

by Anonymousreply 100June 22, 2022 9:55 AM

they look like one of those couples who are gorgeous but only have sex with each other if there is a third, much younger, guy in bed with them

by Anonymousreply 101June 22, 2022 10:13 AM

Did Stephen Ritts ever do hard sex photos or just tasteful non-erection nudes? He is a gorgeous silver man if not a tad narcissistic. The jealous bitch in me is happy to see that he appears to have developed rosacea in recent years.

by Anonymousreply 102June 22, 2022 11:39 AM

they divorced

by Anonymousreply 103June 22, 2022 11:47 AM

StrTegicLly important ambassadorships are political appointments. The rest are rewards for patrons or for professional diplomats rising up the ranks.

by Anonymousreply 104June 22, 2022 12:43 PM

r95, but what about countries like Britain that are BOTH 'plum' AND actually 'important' in a whole practical multitude of ways? Do they kind of fall into a third category, like 'plum positions rewarding the most senior career diplomats so they won't quit at age 45 & go make 20x as much money working for a private company"? Or, for countries like the UK, do we have a 'figurehead' ambassador whose job is to be rich & represent the US at parties & public relations events while making business deals for their friends & family, and a 'real' administrator who's a career diplomat & everyone (who matters) knows does the actual *work* (like getting replacement passports for Americans who get robbed abroad, finding local attorneys for Americans who get arrested, and serving as the local point of contact when the US is served as a defendant in a local lawsuit)?

by Anonymousreply 105June 22, 2022 2:43 PM

Britain ambassadors will be political. It's too important.

by Anonymousreply 106June 22, 2022 3:32 PM

Did they spit-roast Pete?

by Anonymousreply 107June 22, 2022 3:37 PM

His husband started following me on Instagram awhile back. No idea why. Don’t know him.

by Anonymousreply 108June 22, 2022 3:41 PM

Why don’t you message him and see if he’ll send you some recent “Stephen Ritts” pics to share with us

by Anonymousreply 109June 22, 2022 5:43 PM

I know them socially and you won’t find a kinder nicer guy than Rufus Gifford. So of course DL trashes him! I never seem such jealous fucks in my life but again this is DL!

by Anonymousreply 110June 22, 2022 6:09 PM

R110 are you new around here? I’d hardly say this thread trashed him. Replies note he came from privilege, has a handsome husband who did erotic pics under another name, and has interior decor that not everyone here likes.

by Anonymousreply 111June 22, 2022 7:29 PM

I'm puzzled why they didn't bring back any vintage Scandinavian furniture from Copenhagen; instead they're buying Design Within Reach stuff.

by Anonymousreply 112June 22, 2022 8:41 PM

Good looking couple.

by Anonymousreply 113June 22, 2022 8:43 PM


by Anonymousreply 114June 22, 2022 10:04 PM

Was good friends w him at Brown. A truly great guy. But DL gonna hate.

by Anonymousreply 115June 22, 2022 10:50 PM

It's mostly the self-loathing conservative gays that hate other gays. Log Cave-in Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 116June 22, 2022 11:15 PM

R105: US presidents still give the ambassadorship to Britain under the patronage path. Usually to some fantastically wealthy and successful businessperson. Here’s a list of the people who represented the US in Britain. As you’ll see, they were rewarded for being wealthy donors. The more you give/raise, the bigger and more prestigious posting in Europe. The ones who serve in the Caribbean are wealthy, but have no brain. Many have no clue about the island they’ll serve, or even where it’s located on a map. There is press on those types. Yes, they still get confirmed.

Gifford may be a nice guy, but he’s a drama queen and attention seeker. He can be tiring!

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by Anonymousreply 117June 25, 2022 2:05 AM

Goldie Hawn’s job.

by Anonymousreply 118June 25, 2022 4:32 AM

Rich white old homo alert.

by Anonymousreply 119June 25, 2022 4:35 AM

R101 Ask R110 since he knows them socially.

by Anonymousreply 120June 25, 2022 4:39 AM

The Giffords

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by Anonymousreply 121June 25, 2022 8:58 AM

That photo looks like a Ralph Lauren ad come to life.

by Anonymousreply 122June 25, 2022 11:49 AM

I was once chased around a dining room table by Ambassador Bob Farmer. He was drunk and kept grabbing for my dick. Rufus is a nice guy (met him but don't know him) and like Farmer comes from rich New England blue blood privilege. Both raised tons of $ for the DNC.

by Anonymousreply 123June 25, 2022 1:05 PM
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