Essence Women of the White HouseRead it here today—a week early! Essence magazine’s November issue features the “dynamic” women who keep President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their administration running smoothly.

Twenty-nine staffers gathered for a photo shoot in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the youngest only 23 (Jordan Metoyer, assistant to the deputy director and senior advisor to the Office of Management & Budget Director), and one with the coolest title ever: press assistant and senior wrangler (Desiree Barnes, 27). They all share a common trait, says Chynna Clayton, 27, Michelle Obama’s special assistant and trip director: “The White House is composed of people who are passionate about the country.”

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