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.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||Last Thursday at 9:42 AM|
They should've gotten Kathie Lee Gifford.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/13/2021|
Or Sandra Lee ... can you imagine the tablescapes?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/13/2021|
Rufus without Chaka Khan?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/13/2021|
This will always be my favorite picture of the (veterinarian) husband.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/13/2021|
Well, it’s sort of a stereotypical view of gay manhood, but it’s also ... sort of true.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/13/2021|
Has Don bought Greenland yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/13/2021|
Will he also present hole?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/13/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 10||01/13/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 11||01/13/2021|
I bet he was gorgeous in college...
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/13/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/13/2021|
"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 Anonymous||reply 15||01/13/2021|
[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 Anonymous||reply 16||01/13/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 17||01/13/2021|
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.
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/13/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 19||01/13/2021|
Step aside Pete and Chasten!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/13/2021|
The naked guy in R6 isn't Gifford's husband, that is Stephen Ritts
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/13/2021|
It’s a good consolation prize for a lightweight political fundraiser.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/13/2021|
Tangentially: Jonathan Capehart’s husband is a former Assistant Chief of Protocol.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/13/2021|
They are one in the same R21. He used the name Ritts for his modeling career
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/13/2021|
What’s the chief of protocol ?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/13/2021|
Read the original post, R26
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/13/2021|
He ain't no Pete Buttigieg.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/13/2021|
They should’ve picked ME!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||Last Thursday at 4:36 AM|
Mrs. St. John: Sunny, dear, are you coming? Sunny: Not quite, ma'am.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 31||Last Thursday at 6:08 AM|
Beautiful couple, by the husband of an ambassador (and now Chief of Protocol) needs to be more discreet.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||Last Thursday at 8:24 AM|
Four-way with Pete and Chasten?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||Last Thursday at 8:47 AM|
What does the chief of protocol even do? Be gay and proper?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||Last Thursday at 9:19 AM|
Keeps track of who enters dinner with Princess Anne.
Great job! Jealous.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||Last Thursday at 9:42 AM|