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COVID-19 Takes Legendary White House Butler Under 11 Presidents

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His run with seeing the different generations of Presidents up front and personal started in 1957 when Wilson Roosevelt Jerman began his employment at the White House as a cleaner. It was under the Presidential reign of Dwight D. Eisenhower his first pay cheque was issued. The civil rights movement saw Jerman move to the position of Butler when the revolutionizing John F. Kennedy took office as his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made sure to have him promoted.

This led to Jerman being in that position for following presidents, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The well-known White House staffer would retire in 2012 as Obama’s maître d’.

Jerman’s granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay, told CNN that no matter what political party the president belonged to, her grandfather was committed to executing his job with excellence. He would eventually succumb to the deadly covid-19.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared a statement about Jerman’s passing on Thursday (May 21). “With his kindness and care, Wilson Jerman helped make the White House a home for decades of First Families, including ours,” she stated. “His service to others — his willingness to go above and beyond for the country he loved and all those whose lives he touched — is a legacy worthy of his generous spirit. We were lucky to have known him. Barack and I send our sincerest love and prayers to his family.”