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National Cathedral staff member gets plum assignment



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Marie Cooper, a Clark Township native, has worked at the National Cathedral for 26 years. On Tuesday, she escorted President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families into the cathedral for the inaugural prayer service. SUBMITTED PHOTO


A Johnson County native chatted with the first lady about her inaugural ball gown and the leniency of her husband — the president — in letting their daughters skip school after inauguration events.

As project manager at the Washington National Cathedral, Marie Cooper typically works behind the scenes for big events like this week’s Inaugural Prayer Service. She makes seating charts, arranges bus schedules and coordinates with security.

But this year, she got to do a little more. She was chosen to escort the president, vice president and their families into the cathedral for Tuesday’s prayer service. Later, the president’s staff invited her to meet him and his wife, Michelle Obama, and take a picture with them.

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