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Biden’s ‘bodyman’ QUITS to take job at Transportation Department

President Joe Biden’s ‘bodyman,’ Stephen Goepfert, is ready to go away the White House  at the top of the week. 

CNN reported Tuesday that Goepfert will depart the West Wing for a position within the Transportation Department. 

Goepfert, who was the primary out homosexual man to maintain the function of personal aide to a president, has labored for Biden as a ‘bodyman’ since his 2020 presidential marketing campaign, and earlier than that, within the Obama White House. 

President Joe Biden’s ‘bodyman,’ Stephen Goepfert, is ready to go away the White House at the top of the week

Stephen Goepfert (left) was the first openly gay man to hold the title of personal aide to the president, for President Joe Biden (right)

 Stephen Goepfert (left) was the primary overtly homosexual man to maintain the title of personal aide to the president, for President Joe Biden (proper) 

Stephen Goepfert, President Joe Biden's 'bodyman,' carries bags and other supplies across the South Lawn after arriving back at the White House from Rehoboth Beach

Stephen Goepfert, President Joe Biden’s ‘bodyman,’ carries luggage and different provides throughout the South Lawn after arriving again at the White House from Rehoboth Beach 

As the president’s ‘bodyman,’ Goepfert is commonly the primary and final staffer Biden sees day-after-day. 

And whereas not wholly a public determine, he is typically caught on digicam putting remarks on the rostrum earlier than Biden delivers a speech, or passing the president a notice. 

‘From the marketing campaign to the White House, Stephen Goepfert has been by my facet,’ the president mentioned in an announcement to CNN. 

‘In moments large, small, and extraordinary, he is been a trusted and constant confidant who everybody counts on and who at all times delivers,’ the president continued. 

‘Jill and I’ll miss Stephen, however we’re proud that he’ll proceed to serve the American folks in his new function within the Biden-Harris administration as he continues his career in public service,’ Biden added. 

CNN reported that Goepfert’s alternative shall be Jacob Spreyer, at the moment the official White House receptionist. 

Goepfert entered the Obama administration as a deputy director within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. 

He caught the eye of Steve Ricchetti, who at the moment serves as Biden’s counselor to the president. 

Then, Ricchetti was serving as Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of employees and introduced Goepfert over to function a senior adviser. 

During the 2020 marketing campaign, Goepfert’s identify got here up when Biden’s personal aide stop.  

‘You’re actually at the border of the place the president’s privateness and public duties sit,’ Ricchetti informed CNN. ‘Stephen has had the flexibility and the willingness to assist the president navigate every little thing he did all through the day. That finally ends up being a crucial function.’

Ricchetti additionally portrayed Goepfert as a pleasant man. 

‘There is nothing that President Biden values greater than genuine personal reference to individuals who he meets alongside the best way,’ Ricchetti informed CNN. ‘How his personal aide treats different folks alongside of him is vitally vital as an expression of who the president is – and Stephen is simply phenomenal at that.’ 

Goepfert joins an exodus of White House staff who’ve left in latest months – although principally stayed in authorities positions. 

For occasion, White House fast response director Mike Gwin took a job within the Treasury Department, as did press assistant Michael Kikukawa. 

Vedant Patel, an assistant White House press secretary, left to turn out to be deputy spokesperson at the State Department. 

Amanda Finney, Chief of Staff for the White House press office, departed in June for the Energy Department. 

Those who have not stayed within the federal authorities have gone to work in media, together with former chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, Symone Sanders, who now has a present on MSNBC. 

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki additionally headed to MSNBC. 

Late final month, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield determined to keep in her position after beforehand saying she was leaving.  

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