Gaspard, the highest-ranking Haitian American in the Obama administration, has quietly assumed the role of liaison to distraught Haitian American leaders, even as his job requires him to focus on Tuesday’s crucial Massachusetts special election, upon which hangs President Obama’s health-care overhaul and much of the domestic agenda for the foreseeable future.
Gaspard, a soft-spoken but hard-hitting operative who prefers to work behind the scenes, declined several requests for an interview and repeatedly resisted the notion that his personal connection to Haiti warranted a news article. The White House, though, has been less reluctant to make use of Gaspard’s standing in the Haitian community. Over the weekend, he sat silently next to Vice President Biden during an event with Haitian American leaders at Miami’s Little Haiti Cultural Center.
Follow the rest of this story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/18/AR2010011803722.html?hpid=sec-politics