Director of Oval Office operations, Brian Mosteller, is the gay man behind the President. Along with President Obama’s personal secretary, Mosteller sits just outside, patiently making life easier for the Commander in Chief. Sometimes, the President makes things easier for him.
As the Washington Post notes in a lengthy profile piece, Mosteller is the only person working in the White House with a direct view of the President’s desk. His behind-the-scenes influence is vast, from coordinating every meeting President Obama attends to every person he meets. He escorts the President to events, knows what mundane items the President likes and where to place them, wrangles the press at events, and serves as President Obama’s sounding board.
Mosteller is with the President for every move he makes. A longtime staffer, the former meeting planner joined the Obama campaign shortly after the then-candidate announced he would run for the office. By the 2008 Democratic convention, Mosteller had assumed the role he has today: anticipating the President’s needs.
Mosteller recounts one special moment with the President on the morning the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Following the decision, President Obama walked to Mosteller’s desk and quietly put his arm around him.
When President Obama famously announced he had “evolved” on the issue in an interview with Robin Roberts, a lesbian reporter from ABC News, Mosteller was there. He says when the President asked his opinion of the interview, he couldn’t help tearing up.
“When I was young, I couldn’t fathom that I could ever have a partner, and now I was with the president of the United States and, together, we were talking this kind of partnership, and it was not only public but so very normal,” Mosteller told the Post. “How often does a boss talk about love? Now, how often does a boss contribute to our country’s blessing of your love?”