WASHINGTON — Each night for 24 years, Emma Daniel Gray would diligently clean the White House. When she came to the president’s chair, she would pause, cleaning materials in hand, and say a quick prayer.
The prayers asked for blessings, wisdom and safety for each of the six presidents she served.
It’s a “Backstairs at the White House” moment, a story that could have come from the 1979 Emmy Award-winning miniseries about the professional household staff to the presidential families. Like the characters in that television show, Gray took great pride in her work, traveling each day by public transportation from her home here to the residence of one of the most powerful men in the world.
She worked nights, in the executive offices...Read More