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Rufus Gifford: This Gay Man Is the Face of America to World Leaders

To foreign leaders conducting official business with the U.S., Rufus Gifford is the face of America — or, at least, the first face they see.As chief of protocol at the State Department, Gifford is the first point of contact for those leaders. It’s the second-highest-ranking position in the department — behind only Secretary of State Antony Blinken. It makes Gifford, who is gay, the top-ranked out official at State, and it’s ambassador-level.Ambassador is a position Gifford’s familiar with.
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Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

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