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.
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.
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.