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    Longtime White House Butler Dies of COVID-19

    Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who began working at the White House as a cleaner in 1957 and rose to become doorman and then butler, has died of COVID-19 in Virginia at age 91. Jerman served 11 presidents — from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama — and became a butler thanks to his rapport with first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. "She trusted him with her children, and he would ensure they had everything they needed,” Jerman's granddaughter said. Former first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to his "kindness and care" serving "the country he loved." She added, "We were lucky to have known him."

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