White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers Resigning

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White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will leave her post next month, according to a White House source, months after she drew criticism for a major security breach at a state dinner in November. The leading candidate to replace Rogers is Julianna Smoot, currently chief of staff for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Rogers, who plans to return to the corporate world, became one of the administration’s most high-profile staffers. A friend of both Obamas dating back to Chicago, she appeared in the pages of Vogue, on the cover of the Wall Street Journal magazine and was in the front row during last year’s New York Fashion Week.

But it was a blast of unwelcome publicity — the gate-crashers at President Barack Obama’s first state dinner — that put Rogers into the national spotlight. After Tareq and Michaele Salahi got into the dinner and shook hands with the president, all apparently without an invitation, Rogers’s handling of security for the event came under fire. When asked if she was hit hard by the resignation, longtime friend and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told POLITICO in an e-mail: "No, it didn't hit me hard. Desiree never intended to stay more than about a year."

"She has made a tremendous contribution, and I completely respect her decision to return to the private sector," Jarrett added. To read the rest, click here. First Van Jones, now this......


People who know me, know that I would probably give my first and second unborn children to work one of three jobs, even if for a short period of time: A lead star in a Broadway musical production, White House Floral Designer and White House Social Secretary. One of the most well-known, in recent times, White House Social Secretaries is Desiree Rogers and she is resigning. Let me get my resume ready so I can forward it to the White House ASAP. Today, Ms. Rogers announced her resignation from her position to focus on other corporate ventures (Hmmmm? Not sure I'm buying this). I can't say that I am surprised to hear of this story. This sounds more of a forced resignation so she could save face and not have to be fired.  

I was just talking to a friend the other day that we had not heard or seen anything about Desiree recently in photos or the news, and that says a lot. The two of us, are huge fans of the First Lady, The Obamas as a family and Desiree Rogers, so we are always reading or looking for stories to read on all things wonderful that come out of the East Wing. I noticed recently that Ms. Rogers has been missing in action especially when she is known to be highly publicly seen by Mrs. Obama's side at various White House events. Usually when people go MIA, who have been a presence in the media, then you know something this way does blow.

It was a matter of time, but I knew she would resign especially after the kerfuffle that was "Salahi Gate" at the first State Dinner of the Obama White House. It was not a matter of "if" but a matter of "when". I love some Desiree, love her style, her work ethic and herstory but the Secret Service and Ms. Rogers did drop the ball when it came to the State Dinner for India. Does it make me love her any less? Absolutely not! I am still a fan. Besides, working in the White House has its limitations if you're used to being front and center, and I'm sure she was very tired as well. 300+ events in a year, that's a lot. I guess no more google photo stalking Desiree to see what she's wearing. 
If there is a shake-up going on at the White House, I just have one question: When is Rahm Emmanuel and Robert Gibbs leaving? They are definitely not helping the President right now and they need to resign too. Today's Lesson, Kids: No matter who you are or where/ what you come from, if something happens on your watch, you are RESPONSIBLE. Oh, well. It's unfortunate but she will not be hurting for anything, she'll land on her feet and always be on top. Desiree Rogers is a fighter. As they say in the land where Ms. Rogers hails from - Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez and Ms. Good Time herself, is rolling on out the door. Peace and blessings Desiree, you'll be missed.

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