Actually, Jesse Lee's new title is Director of Progressive Media & Online Response in the White House Communication Department, working under Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, according to the HuffPo.
Here's how Sam Stein, a self-described personal friend, defines Lee's new job in the White House:
"The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee's hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead."
And, just to communicate his impending style of responding, Jesse posted this photo in his initial tweet.
During the last general election campaign, AT readers probably saw the above mentioned DNC rapid response team in action, as negative responses to some articles were first in line on the comments pages, having been posted at O-dark-hundred hours (that's very early in the morning time) -- i.e. right after some posted. Suppose Lee might have been coordinating that effort on behalf of the DNC?
"Lee worked in the New Media department for the Transition team doing online outreach, having done online communications for the Democratic National Committee during election season. Prior to that he was Senior New Media Advisor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the 110th Congress, having worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee online from 2004-2006. Lee graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 2002."
Now in his early 30's, after receiving a degree in philosophy, Jesse took a job, at about age 21, doing "internet work" for the DNC in 2003. So he's had plenty of private sector internet experience? Well, maybe not.
When not keeping his eye out for Obama-non-believers in the new media, Jesse is writing White House blogs like this one noting that, even while POTUS and FLOTUS vacationed in Dublin and Obama shared adult beverages with other Irishpersons in a pub, he still had time to convey the message (When you care enough to send a blog) that:
"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the tornadoes and severe weather that struck Joplin, Missouri as well as communities across the Midwest today."
In case you pass Jesse on Pennsylvania Ave and want to give him a shout-out, you can find one of his hard-to-find photos here. Scroll down to the third photo where he's the one on the right. It's found on a website touting the use of Apple computers in the "tech savvy Obama Administration." Here's another one.
Meanwhile...just another case of your tax dollars at work.