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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 38Last Thursday at 9:42 AM

Hot older couple

by Anonymousreply 101/13/2021

They should've gotten Kathie Lee Gifford.

by Anonymousreply 201/13/2021

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

by Anonymousreply 301/13/2021

Rufus without Chaka Khan?

by Anonymousreply 401/13/2021

I can just picture it.

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by Anonymousreply 501/13/2021

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

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by Anonymousreply 601/13/2021

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

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by Anonymousreply 701/13/2021

Has Don bought Greenland yet?

by Anonymousreply 801/13/2021

Will he also present hole?

by Anonymousreply 901/13/2021

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 1001/13/2021

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 1101/13/2021

I bet he was gorgeous in college...

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by Anonymousreply 1201/13/2021

That's hot, R6

by Anonymousreply 1301/13/2021

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 1401/13/2021

"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 1501/13/2021

[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 1601/13/2021

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 1701/13/2021

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.

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[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 1801/13/2021

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 1901/13/2021

Step aside Pete and Chasten!

by Anonymousreply 2001/13/2021

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

by Anonymousreply 2101/13/2021

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

by Anonymousreply 2201/13/2021

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

by Anonymousreply 2301/13/2021

R16=frau cunt

by Anonymousreply 2401/13/2021

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

by Anonymousreply 2501/13/2021

What’s the chief of protocol ?

by Anonymousreply 2601/13/2021

Read the original post, R26

by Anonymousreply 2701/13/2021

He ain't no Pete Buttigieg.

by Anonymousreply 2801/13/2021

They should’ve picked ME!

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by Anonymousreply 29Last Thursday at 4:36 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 30Last Thursday at 4:38 AM

[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 31Last Thursday at 6:08 AM

R31, correct

by Anonymousreply 32Last Thursday at 6:53 AM

Time for a sandwich...

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by Anonymousreply 33Last Thursday at 7:13 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 34Last Thursday at 8:24 AM

Four-way with Pete and Chasten?

by Anonymousreply 35Last Thursday at 8:47 AM

Protocol Droid.

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by Anonymousreply 36Last Thursday at 8:51 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 37Last Thursday at 9:19 AM

Keeps track of who enters dinner with Princess Anne.

Great job! Jealous.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Thursday at 9:42 AM
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