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Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former White House butler who served 11 presidents in various roles across seven decades, has died. He was 91.

The cause of death was COVID-19, Fox 5 DC reported.

Jerman joined the White House staff in 1957. From former presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama, he held roles first as a housekeeper then later a doorman and butler.

“During the Eisenhower administration, he started off as a cleaner,” his eldest granddaughter, Jamila Garrett, told Fox 5...

Jerman’s position at the White House spanned decades of changes, as security efforts increased and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. evolved from an official residence into a major catering facility, according to the White House Historical Association.

Near the end of his career, he stepped into a part-time role. He was one of the White House’s longest-serving employees.

Part of his longevity there, serving at the pleasure of presidents from both political parties, might have been his habit of keeping mum about his job outside of the workplace.

“There would be too many questions asked,” he told Vanity Fair in 2017. “You see, you never see. You hear, you never hear. And you don’t know nothing.”  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-white-house-butler-served-11-presidents-dies-coronavirus



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Not only the things Mr. Jerman heard or saw personally, but the stories he heard from other staff while fulfilling his duties and obligations.

Reminded me of a recent study. In a five-story building with 500 employees, a story initiated in the first floor would propagate through all the five floors, to all 500 employees, in less than 10 minutes.  The ones who created that model should have been the ones in charge of the Covid-19 models.

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