Today host, former First Daughter and Hockaday alum Jenna Bush Hager celebrated Wilson Jerman, who worked as a cleaner, butler, elevator operator and maître d’ in the White House, beginning in 1957, according to Yahoo. He retired while President Barack Obama was in office. He died May 16 from the coronavirus.

“He was the loveliest,” Hager, 38, said of the man they all called “Mr. Jerman.” She shared her tribute on the Today Show. “It’s interesting because people will say, like, ‘Gosh how was the White House, did it feel like home?’ And the reason why it felt like home was because of people like him.”

Preston Hollow neighbors and Former President George W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, said, “Mr. Jerman was a lovely man. He was the first person we saw at the White House when we left the residence in the morning, and the last person we saw when we returned at night.”

Hager said, “I think ‘lovely’ is a word that can kind of be overused. But you can tell probably, Hoda, in those pictures — he was always smiling.”


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