February 26th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

White House social secretary to step down

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will step down.
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will step down.

Washington (CNN) - Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, plans to step down, three sources familiar with the situation told CNN Friday.

Her office came under scrutiny after a couple who lacked an invitation showed up at President Barack Obama's first state dinner.

Officials with the White House and the administration, as well as a colleague of Rogers, told CNN of her plans to leave.

UPDATE: In an e-mail to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, Rogers said she is headed back to the private sector.

"It has been incredible setting the foundation for the WH for this historical Presidency," she wrote.

Read President Obama's statement after the jump.

Statement from the President and the First Lady on Desiree Rogers

“We are enormously grateful to Desiree Rogers for the terrific job she’s done as the White House Social Secretary. When she took this position, we asked Desiree to help make sure that the White House truly is the People’s House, and she did that by welcoming scores of everyday Americans through its doors, from wounded warriors to local schoolchildren to NASCAR drivers. 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.”

– CNN's Ed Henry and John King contributed to this report

soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Reggie

    I wish OBAMA would resign. He hasn't a clue what to do anyway.

    February 26, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Barb

    Lets see it took the Bush administration to go in office with no debt and the great GOP to rack it up and almost sell the souls of the USA for the GREEDY bureaucrats, and now they EXPECT this to be fixed AT ONCE, it took us 8 years to get here do you not think clicking our heels will magicially happen, If the people really are working for us in congress why is it that the GOP SAYS NO NO NO NO NO, TIE THE HANDS AND GET NOTHING DONE. They should be so ashamed but that won't happen.

    February 26, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    exactly what is it that the hapless dems can do.... they tend to fold like cheap suits at every opportunity.... can't wait for nov. i'll never make that mistake again....

    February 26, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Mark B.

    There can be NO reasonable defense of this massive piece of legislation that is akin to roping a anchor around one's neck. Not one democrat has come up with a solution to pay for this madness. It's all push it downstream. The real cost of this legisaltion will not kick in until Obama, Reid and Pelosi are long gone. You think Obama inherited a mess. He will leave office to a president that will have a country that is completely bankrupt. People, we can't just keep printing
    "funny money" to cover our debt. Ask a Doctor what he thinks of the legislation. Ask an economist. Ask ANYONE who has worked in the private sector. THE MAJOTIRY OF AMERICANS DO NOT WANT THIS HEALTH CARE BILL. I'll say it again for you who think your smarter than the average Joe. AMERICANS DO NOT WANT THIS BILL!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. annie against biased news

    One failure out of the white house – time for the rest of the failures to go! Especially the one who thinks he is at the top!

    February 26, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Betty

    Hey CNN , you did it again, how bias can you get. Any time I write an article and voice my opinion you refuse to print it, that is the exact method of communication this Obama administration is doing, shame on you, I am so thankful that I do not watch CNN, I encourage all my friends to turn to Fox or any other news chanel, just give CNN the BOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have shown your true colors just by the way you did Lou Dobbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Betty

    February 26, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Nick

    Republicans in the Senate and Congress are the most unpatriotic, self-serving, disgusting and just a party of "NO". They should all be thrown out of office during their elections. We are fortunate to have one of the most brilliant and honest man (Obama) as our president. We should give full support to our President and get all the idiotic Republicans, tea partiers etc. out.

    February 26, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Otto

    Sorry Girl, you got the rotten of the stick but I think that did not come from your boss. Don't worry, with your resume, you'll get much more pay in the private sector and you won't have to worry and the thousand eyes on you all the time.

    February 26, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Otto

    From a Dog you get a bark. From a Pig you get a grunt. From Republicans you get vile, evil, hate, ignorance, arrogance, immoral conduct and the pretense of being Christians in sheep clothing.

    In other words, the scum of the Earth.

    February 26, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. welches, oregon

    What's wrong with all you so call 'adults'. You all sound like 3rd graders. Aren't you ashamed of yourselves?

    Our country is just about doomed no matter who's in office, and you spend your time heckeling each other??????!!!

    Really? Are you kidding me?

    GROW UP and let's learn to work together!!! WE the People are the ONLY ones who's going to save this country and WE know it.

    Let's try working as one nation instead of a fractured country.

    February 26, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. m smith

    The president made a gracious statement. Can't believe that one dummy says he is out of work because of the president. Maybe it has to do with being stupid. Short time memory. Most of the ninnys that responded to thei article have no idea what her job functions where and would not do any better than she did. Repo madness at work

    February 26, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Hey, FactCheck, I'm all for ending Medicare and Social Security. Especially since after having to pay for them through my taxes for years, by the time I'm old enough they'll both be bankrupt.

    February 26, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    She should have paid a little more attention to her job. The job the taxpayers are paying her to do and paid less attention to partying at the party.

    February 26, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Big Joe

    26 Presidents were lawyers? Believe me, being a lawyer doesn't make you smart. Just look at Barack Insane Obama. What a moron.

    February 26, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. JOE

    Love it...Another one bites the dirt...Lets all hope Obozo will be next.

    February 26, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Tom Jones

    Send her to jail along with Barry

    February 26, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Obama the Arrogant Liar

    the liberals playing the tried and false race card again....they never learn but keep trying.

    February 26, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Tim Smith

    Lets get the facts clear folks. A good friend of mine retired from the Secret Service a few months ago and told me the following. Little Napoleon aka Rham Emanuel who really runs the administration is overriding Secret Service policy left and right. Half the big donors who elected NOBAMA wont clear according to Secret Service but Emanuel clears them anyway. REASON: they are owed. There have been several incidences not just this one involving Emanuel, but Obama is a puppet and cant do anything about it. They need a sacrificial lamb and they found her. Just wait a few years when she writes her book and we will all know what I am saying here is very true. you people elected a perfect Manchurian Candidate.

    February 26, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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