The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Washington, DC resident Darienne Page, an Army veteran and former paralegal who took depositions in Iraq, is now President Barack Obama’s receptionist. He has affectionately nicknamed her “Rotus” – for “Receptionist of the [entire] United States”.
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.
One sign of a busy day? An ever-growing pile of BlackBerrys and cellphones.
The Roosevelt Room is secure, so she must collect all personal electronic devices at the door. She uses yellow Post-it notes to write the last name of the owner on each device before placing it in a wicker basket on her desk, next to a vase of fresh flowers that is rotated at least every three days.
The New York Times article provides a wonderful account of a typical day for the United States’ receptionist, and is a glowing testament to Ms. Page’s utilization of her outstanding paralegal and military skills in continuing service to her country.
Her story makes me think of the Dr. Suess book my daughter received at her own college graduation, Oh! The Places You Will Go! One particular phrase seems to embody Ms. Page’s amazing career opportunity:
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
See New York Times.