Lucky Roosevelt gets presidential commendation


Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt at the Hay Adams Hotel last year. (Rebecca D'Angelo/FTWP)

Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt got a nice honor from President Obama Monday: A presidential commendation (and kisses on both cheeks) presented personally in the Oval Office for her government service and work on Blair House, which serves as the official guest house for foreign leaders in D.C. In her seven years as Chief of Protocol (the longest-serving in the job), she presided over more than 70 state visits and the restoration of the historic 119-room residence. Lots of love at the reception afterward held (where else?) at the “treasure that Lucky Roosevelt saved,” said Ambassador Capricia Marshall, who holds the protocol title now. “It was such fun and I was moved by the whole thing,” Roosevelt told us. “I was absolutely thrilled.”

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