The people who work at the White House work simultaneously at a museum, a fortress, an office, and a residence. This leads to plenty of weird White House jobs being available for those who don't mind the security and scrutiny that comes with the job. Some people even choose to work at the White House for free as a service to their country (and maybe a bit of free publicity).
Some weird jobs in the White House are just like regular jobs, but the President is there (barber, portrait artist, chimney sweep) and some are unlike anything else out there ("Body Man," social aide, Vice President). Strange jobs in the White House can also be strange just because of the sheer enormity of the task at hand (Executive Chef, Engineer, Calligrapher). Read on for a detailed look at weird jobs at the White House.
Who says cursive handwriting is dead? It's certainly alive and well at the White House, where the calligraphy office pumps out thousands of ornate envelopes, programs, and place cards every year. Sure, they sometimes use a computer and Adobe InDesign these days, but a lot of what comes out of the office is still done by hand.
Conservatives have made a stink in recent years over how much the official White House calligraphers get paid (about $100,00/year for the Chief Calligrapher), but the documents they write are typically intended for kings, queens, and other illustrious heads of state. What should they do, just use Comic Sans?811608Is this weird?
'Body Man'Photo: 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com
Also known as a "Special Assistant and Personal Aide," the President's "Body Man" takes care of their personal needs. The role is sometimes considered to be "part valet, part buddy" and was famously filled by President Obama's so-called "little brother," Reggie Love, from 2008-2011.
Obama jokingly called him "iReggie" in a New York Times interview (“I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place") and the two frequently played basketball together. Love also kept the President supplied with Nicorette gum while he was quitting smoking.780637Is this weird?
Ethics AdvisorPhoto: Michael Candelori / Shutterstock.com
One of the more stressful – and arguably noble (depending on the administration) – jobs in the White House involves being ever at the ready to advise the sitting President on issues regarding "more than 1,000 pages of government ethics rules and regulations." This job, that of White House Ethics Advisor, requires being on call 24/7 to assist the President and his staff with complicated ethical dilemmas.
During the Obama administration, ethics advisor Norm Eisen was sometimes called from his office to resolve conflicts 15-20 per times day.596528Is this weird?
Chief Data Scientist And Deputy Chief Technology Officer For Data Policy
It's pretty weird when the President basically creates a job just for you. Dhanurjay "DJ" Patil is widely considered to have coined the term "data science," so it's fitting that former president Barack Obama appointed him as the White House's first Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy (or CDSaDCTODT for "short"). So what did the former Silicon Valley hotshot do, exactly?
He functioned as a statistician, analyst, and "data hacker" tasked with helping the federal government to "harness the power of technology and innovation to help government better serve the American people" and better "utilize public data and make it usable by everyone." Patil calls being a data scientist the "sexiest job of the 21st century." Patil left the position in 2017, and his role has yet to be filled by the Trump administration.423374Is this weird?