February 26th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
4 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. Mr. Moderation

    This woman was part of a major breach of White House security. Anyone connected with that screwup should be fired.

    February 26, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. SocialismBad

    When are the rest of the Obama incompetents going to have the honor to resign?

    February 26, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. james

    Frank February 26th, 2010 4:15 pm ET
    Some of the people commenting on this page can't spell, read or write. They just choose to murder english language. Probably thge same people demand others speak english. Rather than spen time on these pages sucking up good conversation, go to school, then may be you won't be so angry when you can't communicate.
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    Hey Frank, the word is spelled S.P.E.N.D.! Maybe is not two words! what a clown....

    February 26, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. pia davis

    I never new how sick people can be . Even though it is 2010 it fels like 1950 during the civil rights movement.

    February 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Obama Too

    Let's just hope Obama follows her OUT.

    February 26, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Wanda

    Being against paying for people who aren't needed to run our government isn't being "racist". It is about what is right and what is wrong with our government. Lots of people in our country are looking for jobs to feed their families and we're paying a fortune to make sure a president's wife is comfortable. Color has nothing to do with it. Wrong Is Wrong!!!!! Spend the money where it is needed. Be true Americans!!!

    February 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Eric Tedford - Chittenango, NY

    I'd like to come to her going away party. I am assuming I can just walk right in without an invitation, right?

    February 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Desiree Rogers a classy, elegant, intelligent social secretary for the Pres. and First Lady, attributes that you Jerry Springer, unibrows, in-breds would know nothing about.

    The rampant and not so subtle racism on these posts AND FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS is sickening. Wish that some of YOU, fellow bloggers, were on the receiving end of this crap so that you'd get a feel in your heart as to it's ugliness.

    I don't feel like singing "Can't we all just get along?". My feelings right now are not very charitable. I will however remind some of you stupid-beyond-redemption-racist cowards that it is still a Black man cleaning up the manure left behind by a White man. Many of you on this blog are so threatened by the superiority of our Black President. Luckily for you you'll have 7 more years to get used to it. And if you're feeling "froggy" go ahead and jump. We are not doing peaceful marches anymore.

    February 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. james

    Gues February 26th, 2010 4:10 pm ET
    Why is it that as soon as someone criticizes anyone from this administration, they are deemed haters and racists. Seems to me, those who are doing the pointing are the ones who are haters and racist against non-African American people.
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    You can't be serious can you? If you read the threads, you can see the hatred and racism in the posts. This the only place the closet racists can voice their opinion other than with their racist friends. hiding behind their computer. Does saying someone is qualified to grill chicken for the church sound fair and balanced? Yeah, i know. just like FOX noise!

    February 26, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Eric Tedford - Chittenango, NY

    -–Frank February 26th, 2010 4:15 pm ET
    Some of the people commenting on this page can't spell, read or write. They just choose to murder english language. Probably thge same people demand others speak english. Rather than spen time on these pages sucking up good conversation, go to school, then may be you won't be so angry when you can't communicate.
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    Hey Frank – you spelled the wrong, too.

    February 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. jeff jackson, alabama

    The pleasant comments made about her
    by her superiors are for show. She was
    more than likely asked to resign for the safety
    of the President. It doesn't take a missle
    scientist to figure that out.

    February 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Wake Up

    Why is the president of the united states TRYING to bankrupt America?
    What a sham of a person Obama is.

    Look at the people Obama surrounds himself with? Rahm-a scumbag...Axelrod, a Chicago Political Machinist, Valerie Jarret...and Van Jones a communist.

    February 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Guest

    In Reponse to Leslie Lawrence's comment: "Finally a highly intelligent, thoughtful, vibrant President (who works into the wee hours..."

    Did you NOT see the interview with "toned arms" Obama, where she said he "has to have dinner with the family, he has to attend all their activities, he has to put the girls to bed.." WHEN does he actually work????

    February 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Typical Obama political appointment. Much more interested in getting the glam and the spotlight than simply doing a competent job. As usual, hilarity ensues...

    February 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Wake Up

    domin mama 4 obama...quit being so angry. She did a bad job because she was a crony of Obama, and all of his cronies are as awful as he is...BLACK OR WHITE. Quit always bringing racism up. Obama sucks, because his policies are awful and he's a fraud...not because he's black.

    February 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. truth

    Race card in the very first post!! Hahahaha!!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Hope depsite the Craziness

    Some of you folks in here and out there in this good ole USA need some prayer. A lot of it and maybe all the way to your graves.
    For eigth years i had to endure absolute stupidity and isolationism in the White House and we finally get someone that at least can hold a rational conversation with the nation and the world and what results....utter racism. you can paint it anyway you want, but I can sense it, read it and smell it a thousands of miles away.

    My fear, and it is true fear is, you folks walk among us..............and yet my teachings are that i still must treat you with honor and respect, despite your racism ideology. maybe I need to pray for myself as well since I must work and live with your sickness.

    February 26, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. John J, IN

    Good. I like Obama, but this woman was a disaster.

    February 26, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Wisconsonite - End the Anti-Trust Exemption for Insurance Companies!

    Hugo February 26th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

    I'll apply for the position, I'm out of work thanks to the Prez and his bumbling bunch of bureaucrats

    Gee, Hugo . . . . maybe you're out of a job because of your lousy attitude! Just a thought . . .

    February 26, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The racist comments, the vile vitriol from the far-right is disgusting!

    What else is new? The Republican's strategy IS hate, lie, fear monger and divide!

    Keep up the hate Conservatives, that will surely win you the election!

    February 26, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    Ah the wingnuts are back at it again. Tell you what, if you are so against government intervention, why don't you support ending Medicare and Social Security? I am tired of paying into these entitlement programs that support a bunch of vile old bags of hate that have never done a darn thing for this country.

    February 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. wagon

    You libs are HILARIOUS!!! Every time some criticizes Obama it's racism – overy or covert. I don't look at the guy as black. I just look at him as incompetent. Heck, even the British are beginning to see the guy is a fool. Get it? People are starting to figure this buffoon out.

    February 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Brenda

    I'm sorry that she is leaving. If I had a choice, I'd start with secret service as the President is NOT getting the security that the other presidents have received, and it's evident.

    February 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Why is the president of the united states TRYING to bankrupt America?
    What a sham of a person Obama is.
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    Yeah, he should have put horse trainers like Brownie in charge of FEMA and non-scientists in charge of the National Institutes of Health. Worked so well for the last guy.

    February 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Wisconsonite - End the Anti-Trust Exemption for Insurance Companies!

    Robin February 26th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

    I hope another one is not hired. The Obama's have more staff than any other President and First Lady in the history of the United States

    Really, Robin???? How many do they have??? And now how many did every "other President and First Lady in the history of the United States" have????

    February 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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