Meet White House New Receptionist With A Disability
Leah Katz-Hernandez is the newly appointed receptionist of the United States. For you to get to the President of the United States, you have to first stop at her desk. What is so awesome about this beautiful lady is that she is deaf, but her "ability is stronger than her disability."
According to Today News, the former intern of the White House is usually the first to greet anyone — from world leaders to White House staff members — who has an appointment with the president or his top-level aides. She also oversees the White House guest book and the Roosevelt Room, the West Wing meeting room, and is responsible for collecting cell phones before meetings with the president.
Hernandez, 27, is a Connecticut native who was born deaf to two deaf parents — a Jewish, social worker mother and a Mexican-American father who put himself through college and earned a PhD.
With the help of an interpreter, Hernandez performs her daily work smoothly. She is not only the Face of the West Wing, she is the first line of defense in the White House.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and also to show that deaf people can do anything,” she said through her interpreter.
"It is a great responsibility to be here as a deaf person and I feel very proud of the opportunities that have been given to me," she added.
Katz-Hernandez is defined by her accomplishments, not her disability, said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary. "She represents us very well," he told NBC's Peter Alexander.
She also worked for President Obama's re-election campaign before beinthey g hired onto the staff of First Lady Michelle Obama, who used sign language the first time met to introduce herself.
Isn't this amazing? Please give it up for the POTUS (Presidents of the United States), the FOTUS (First lady of the United States), and now the ROTUS (Receptionist of the United States).