It was announced on Friday via the Chicago Sun-Times and New York Magazine that Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary to the Obamas, will be stepping down from her post next month. Though Rogers never cited any specific reason for her decision, one can only speculate (don’t let us go there).
Rogers is very well-known for her not-so-discreet sense of style and has appeared on several magazine covers. While the position of Social Secretary is viewed as a more of a subtle, behind-the-scenes role, Rogers has been a bit of a controversial figure for spending a little too much time under the limelight (and we’re not the only ones who think so). Rogers has served for about 14 months.
One of her many blunders is the party crashers incident. Rogers, as stylish as expected in a Comme de Garçons gown, reserved a seat for herself at President Obama’s first State Dinner. To add the icing to this hilariously incompetent cake, a clearly fame-seeking husband and wife pair was able to bypass the Secret Service and attend the party, though they were not invited to attend. She surely made it “the people’s house,” with that incident.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle have released a joint statement saying they are, “enormously grateful to Desiree Rogers for the terrific job she’s done as the White House Social Secretary. She organized hundreds of fun and creative events during her time here, and we will miss her. We thank her again for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
There are some rumors that her post will be taken over by Juliana Smoot, the chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative who was the Obama presidential campaign chief fund-raiser. This is fair warning, Juliana: we will be watching you, so show us what you’ve got.