The white house butler died of coronavirus at the age of 91. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman served under eleven US presidents and most recently worked for the Obamas.
- The White House butler died of coronavirus at the age of 91.
- Wilson Roosevelt Jerman worked in the White House for over 70 years.
- During his career, he served eleven US presidents, most recently Barack Obama.
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman served in the White House for seven decades. He saw eleven different presidents during his career as a butler. Now he has died of the corona virus. Jerman was 91 years old.
Under Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957, Jerman began working as a cleaner in the White House. When John F. Kennedy took office in the 1960s, Jerman was promoted to butler, Foxnews reports. According to his granddaughter, it was the first lady himself, Jacky Kennedy, who put him in this position. “Jackie Kennedy was instrumental in getting him promoted,” his granddaughter said in an interview with American media.
Hillary Clinton also said in a Twitter post about the death of Jerman: “Bill and I are very sad to hear that Wilson Roosevelt Jerman died of Covid-19 at the age of 91.”
He helped Bush senior fall asleep
Under George Bush senior, the butler is said to have waited next to Bush’s bed at night until the then president fell asleep. This suffered from severe sleep problems, as the granddaughter says. In a statement to ABC News, the Bush family said: “He was the first person we saw in the morning, and the last one before going to bed in the evening.”
Barack Obama was the last president Jerman served. He was immortalized in Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” with a photo. At the age of 83 and as one of the longest-serving employees, he ended his career as a butler in the White House.