It's a long way from the deck of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the East Wing, but new White House Usher Stephen Rochon
, a retired Coast Guard rear admiral, is finding great similarities in keeping both shipshape. "My background made me suited for this," says Rochon, who started in March as only the eighth chief White House usher ever. It's a big job: His team does everything, including washing the president's clothes, preparing quesadillas for the first family, keeping up the old house, and even walking the first pets. "I'm still pinching myself," he tells us. As for the dog chores, Rochon says he gets a kick out of petting them in the morning. "It's not a dog's life here. They are taken care of very well."