Meet the ROTUS, aka Darienne Page

Most of us know that POTUS means President of the United States and FLOTUS means First Lady of the United States. So what’s a ROTUS? That’s the Receptionist of the United States and President Barack Obama has one. Her name is Darienne Page.

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From Serving in Iraq to Welcoming White House Guests
By JEFF ZELENY

WASHINGTON — Have you met Rotus?

This is a question President Obama has taken to asking some of his visitors to the White House. In a bureaucratic world awash in abbreviations and acronyms, this one in particular seems to amuse him.

Mr. Obama, of course, is Potus (president of the United States). Michelle Obama is Flotus (first lady of the United States). And the title of Rotus (receptionist of the United States) is worn by Darienne M. Page.

“This is the receptionist of the entire United States,” Mr. Obama said, introducing Ms. Page to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

“How long was your confirmation hearing?” Mr. Holder asked with a smile.

“You want to say, ‘Hello, Potus,’ ” Ms. Page said later, recalling her interactions with Mr. Obama, who picked up the Rotus nickname from young aides and now uses it nearly every time he sees her. “But then you say, ‘Hello, Mr. President.’ ”

Ms. Page presides over the beehive of activity that is the West Wing lobby of the White House. At 27, she is among the hundreds of young aides who help the new administration tick. But her vantage point offers a considerably closer view of this presidency than most of them.

She is on hand to greet nearly every official visitor who has an appointment with the president or his top advisers. She oversees the front of the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, serving coffee to former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, making small talk with a delegation from Kazakhstan and trying to chew a mouthful of almonds quickly before saying hello to Tiger Woods as he stands at her desk.

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Ms. Page graduated from high school in Maryland and joined the military, following in the footsteps of other family members. She served as an Army sargeant in Iraq and worked as a paralegal taking depositions in the Abu Ghraib prison.

For her $36,000-a-year salary, Ms. Page schedules all the activity in the Roosevelt Room, just steps from the Oval Office, and in the Wardroom Room, which is outside the White House mess hall. Even with a dawn-to-dusk schedule, the meetings often run overtime, creating a logjam that she is left to contend with.

I’m sure she’s happy to be working for President Obama but that salary is awfully low, especially considering the cost of living here in the D.C. area.

Anyway check out the entire article here.

8 responses

  1. You ar a star. I admire u much. keep it up

  2. If the government can afford to pour billions into the financial cesspool, and an over bloated auto industry, why can’t they afford to pay somebody like this what they are worth, it has to be a lot more than $36,000

  3. Thats so wonderful you have your hands full, but so what working with the President The First Lady and their kids OMG thats awesome great and just a BIG BLESSING. Wish you the best of luck do your best and keep a smile on your face. May God Continue to bless u Ms Page. Zola Pruitt

  4. CONGRADS! THAT IS JUST A STEPPING STONE FOR MS. PAGE. YOU GO GIRL. JUST WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT IS A BLESSING AND A DREAM COME TRUE. WHO CARES ABOUT THE MONEY? IM SURE THE PRESIDENT WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF MS. PAGE.

  5. That’s not enough money!

  6. Great job and you “Go Girl”. We are just as proud of you as we are the President and First Lady. That is a dream come true job and you are doing a very good job. Keep your head up and please ” Do Not Forget Where You Came From”. You are wonderful.

  7. I am a retired Navy Yeoman Chief who is currently working for Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR as the EA to the Commander. How can I apply for an administrative position on President Obama’s administrative staff.

    V/r

    Ms. Yvette Hart

  8. Hello you are a very pretty lady are you married

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