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. bb

    It's too bad she's chosen to leave.
    She did a great job and she is one gorgeous woman, with a lot more brains than anyone posting a comment.

    Good luck Desiree!!! You have an awful lot to be proud of.

    I'm very proud of the people in the White House.
    They make me glad to be a Happy Tax Paying citizen!!!
    It's about time we have intelligent people in place to fix what
    the circus elephants broke!

    February 26, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Read the constitution

    Heather- Obama may be brilliant, but he obviously is either a liar or a terrible decison maker:
    – Tripled Debt
    – Rising unemployment
    – Privatizing industries

    Math is easy. If you have 1 dollar, you don't spend 10. Is that brilliant? Who is going to pay the trillions of debt. DO TELL!!!! Don't say it was W's fault. Obama has TRIPLED his debt. Learn the facts.

    February 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Bill

    @ Wake Up: Right on....good post.

    @ She She: Take a breath and stop ranting. I'm a white male who opposes Obama NOT because he's black (I LOVE Colin Powell, who would be a much better President by the way) but because he is VERY inexperienced but is nonetheless in a position to do a lot of damage to the country.

    This is NOT about Bush, so stop blaming Bush. And yes, Obama DOES have some big challenges. But an objective view at what he's doing, the kinds of decisions he's made, and his hypocritical approach to a number of issues suggests that he is NOT the person for the job. I don't care WHAT color or gender our President is–I just want them to be good at what they do and to be objective. Obama is anything BUT objective and impartial, and he is pushing an agenda that the majority of people in this country oppose. Read the polls.

    P.S. If you must, go ahead and say "these polls CAN'T be right because they didn't call ME!". Sad but not unexpected...

    February 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. CraigB

    Well, I see the Obama bashing ignoramuses are out in typical force, today. Ironically, Fox News was covering John McCain this a.m. talking about "so-called pre-existing conditions." This is scum-bag, lawyerly weaseling at is lowest. A pre-existing condition is a pre-existing condition is a pre-existing condition. There's no "so-called" about it when your group or private insurance carrier tells you they ain't paying.

    February 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Stu - Las Vegas

    There are a lot of absolutely evil people posting here today.

    If you hate our President so much. MOVE

    Finally, we have a President, other than Bill Clinton, that has a brain, an really wants to help the American People, not a bunch of country club buddies running the country into the ground!

    Angry, Angry, Angry.

    Maybe you knuckle draging neanderthols would rather have Cheney be your President? And, how did that work for ya last time?

    Your homes lost value, your wages flatlined, layoffs, etc all happened before Obama even got elected.

    Black folks have been cleaning up after white people for century's. Why should this be any different?

    Instead of cleaning up a house, he has to clean up years of Republican poo poo.

    February 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Jay

    Hey, Mr "Read the Constitution", a coupl eof other things Obama hasn;'t done: he hasn"t started a war that's cost 5000 American lives by lying and destroyed the US economy by sitting on his ass while his cronies get rich.

    February 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Confidential

    James.....are you jealous or what, what is your issue......Sounds like you want to be President and you are not smart enough, or could it be you wish it were you.....guess what it's not....LOL ....Blacks have come through alot and have come a long way....and now we fnally made it and it's ashame that our own race downs the success of one another....if we all came together as one.......we could go alot further.

    February 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Marianne

    I hope she takes a job in fashion so we get to keep watching her incredible style.

    February 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Fooled Again

    She'll be a lobbyist in no time

    February 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. bs,

    When an individual doesn't accept himself or is intimidated by anyone who seems to know more than they do, this individual is insecured and lacks self acceptance.

    it is difficult for some individuals to accept an All-Around person who is Well-Learned, a leader and an African America.

    If individuals could only accept themselves and feel good about themselves, there would be no need to voice such distasteful words.

    A government for the people, by the people, includes all people. A conscientious, intelligent person would think of how to be supportative and not waste their time being a critical and negative minded person.

    b fair

    February 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    John from La......Please. Don't try your weak double-talk with me. You obviously have a problem that appears to be shared amongst your right-wing brethren with reading comprehension. Let me say it more slowly for you: disagree with Obama all you want, save the fried chicken jokes and allusions for your momma. It is the WAY SOME of you disagree with this administration, with a total lack of facts, and plenty of racial overtones that made me write and stand by what I wrote.

    And if that makes ME a racist... well it doesn't so there's no need to go there. I will however give you an A+ for your typical attempt at pulling a Jedi mind-trick. No dice with me dear.

    February 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Bluebird

    FACTCHECK will help you to navigate the sea of rumors and lies you cite as proof of President Obama's incompetence. Life must be difficult for those of you expressing such profound ignorance and hatred. Why do you blame others for your misery? Are you that weak?
    This American-born, White, Female, Senior Citizen is oh so proud to be an American with a highly intelligent, thoughtful, vibrant President in the White House. Why are so many bloggers not willing to do their own research?? You whine and blather.. and become hate mongers without even realizing it. Wake up, study World History, use your brains, stop listening to Radio Shock Jocks and read a book. Care about others for a change. Do some Community Organizing and/or Volunteer work yourselves, then you will understand how the world works.
    Thank you to intelligent, caring bloggers....keep up the good work...education is the key to success.

    February 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Bill

    @Heather, who said "So how many of you are going to ignore my point and just point out the fact that I refused to edit for grammer and spelling to impress the likes of a bunch of swamp-runnin', alligator wrestling bigots?"

    I'm not going to comment on your grammar. I think, however, that you are a typical Liberal Democrat...equal parts sanctimony, smug self-righteousness, unfounded intellectual arrogance and a need for revenge on the "Rethuglican" machine.

    Obama did indeed inherit a mess, just like others that come into a job that has a mess. But it can also be apparent fairly quickly that the "new hire" is NOT up to the job and is not a good fit. To many Americans, that is precisely the case here, not primarily with Obama (although that decision is not far off) but with the entire Democrat-controlled Congress. You WILL see more movement to Republican this year–the shrill, whining far Left of Pelosi and Reid continue to ignore the perspectives of the majority of Americans, and they and their party are going to pay the price for it. MA was just a start.

    February 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Mary

    Dominican Mama – you're a jerk – a racist jerk and yes ... I feel froggy. Get over yourself and the black/white "manure" you're spouting and quit hollering and using RACISM when someone disagrees and/or something doesn't go your way. BO is unqualified, period – white, black, yellow, brown, purple – he is unqualified. While the WHITE MAN may have been in the Whitehouse for the previous 4 years, he didn't create all that manure on his own – he had quite a few contributors of BOTH parties and of ALL colors. Get over yourself.

    February 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Jem

    I voted for Bush and for the most part, have considered myself a Republican. That said, I think it's ignorant in dishonest to blame all of the problems this country faces onto Obama. So many people are so obsessed with being Republican or Democrat, right wing or left, they have forgotten what it is about to be American.

    It's frighting how stupid, self-interested, and partisan the average American has become. Conservatives would drive this country off a cliff in order to hurt or discredit the president, and liberals would tax hard working people into the stone age in order to advance their social agenda.

    I wish people in the center could take back this country from the idiots who occupy different sides of the same coin.

    February 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Bill

    Comments like this:

    "Black folks have been cleaning up after white people for century's. Why should this be any different?

    Instead of cleaning up a house, he has to clean up years of Republican poo poo."

    are precisely why the right to vote should involve some kind of test rather than being offered when reaching biological maturity.

    February 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. John

    Can't wait til 2012:

    Sarah Palin – President
    Glen Beck – Vice President
    Rush Limbaugh – treasury czar
    Ann Coulter – Secretary of State

    OHHHH the country will be in soooo much better shape with these idiots at the helm, come on America lets get the Tea Party moving. They got my vote.

    February 26, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Read the constitution

    So the new talking pt is:
    "if you don't like the president, leave"? you liberals reach in the bucket for a new phrase...that one is really dumb.
    Here's what we are going to do. Vote out dems in droves and anyone else who supports big government (i.e. Charlie Crist). Then, Obama will be gone and our national nightmare will be over in 2012.

    February 26, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Lea

    As you read the clearly-racist comments from these Obama-haters who worship at the altar of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, have one consolation....

    These ignorant people who get on here and rant about Obama and how he's a communist, doesn't work hard, etc ) will be the ones MOST hurt as this country continues to decline. They will be obsoleted, put out of work and cast into the streets because they are clearly incapable of thinking for themselves or being able to adapt as times change. They are simply driven by hate and a pathetic need to feel superior.

    I can't be bothered trying to reason with these kind of people. Let them rant. They are dinosaurs– part of a shrinking population. Intelligent people are able to differentiate the facts,and understand that the USA was set on a self-destructive course by George Bush.–long before Obama came on the scene. We spend trillions for War, but don't want to invest in health care for our children... or education or infrastructure for our country. Instead, these simple-minded people are willing to bankrupt our ccountry with war so they can be "safe". As their jobs are lost and healthcare costs triple... they will realize the folly of their ways.. Only then will they start to realize that they voted and camapigned against their own interests.

    And when that happens, watch them scream. They won't even have seen it coming.

    And by the way, this country isnt nearly as conservative as the Limbaughites and some Republicans would have you believe– Thinkers are just not so loud as the empty wagons..

    February 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. james

    Dave in Jax February 26th, 2010 5:13 pm ET
    I'm tired of hearing how "historical", as Ms. Rogers puts it, this presidency is. I believe we're now seeing how foolish it was to vote a person into office based on the color of his skin and not on his experience. And don't pretend that's not what happened. Just look at the record number of people who turned out to vote who never voted before. It had nothing to do with putting an experienced man in office and everything to do with making "history" because the opportunity finally presented itself. I don't care what color the president is, so long as they're qualified. Can't wait for '12.

    -----------------------------–
    Dave my friend. It wasn't so much voting for a black president. (please give americans more credit than that) It was going a different way than the eight years we had to endure under bush. I got news for you. I'm a card carrying die hard democrat. If McCain was for bringing the troops home and obama wasn't, McCain would have gotten my vote. As a 20 yr veteran I am qualified to speak on this subject. Healthcare, social security, unemployment, the economy. All will be fixed at some point but can you bring back the THOUSANDS of innocent lives lost because of a meaningless war? Over oil? Where are the WMD? Try going to walter reed and visiting the wounded warriors. we don't even talk about them and how their lives are changed forever. They didn't have a choice in the matter. Remember "mission accomplished?" it was all a show to bush. Thought he could go ever there and finish what his father should have and become a hero. I have no respect for anyone who backs a president who uses our armed forces like it's a game of chess.

    February 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Lola

    What is wrong with you people?? You may be ignorant, but not everyone is. The vast majority of the problems Obama is getting blamed for were handed to him on a silver platter from the PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. No one ever said he is miracle worker!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. dimes1

    Interesting comments here. One person accuses any one against Obummer is a racist and another asks anyone that is against Obummer to leave the country. I guess that means that over half this country is racist and must leave.

    It does seem that Obummer has taken the chicken way out and is using Desiree Rogers as a fall girl.

    Shame on you Obummer!

    February 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Jay

    Hey "Read the Constitution" what are you, 4 years old? The debt was a bit over $8 trillion when Bush left office - it's now just over 10, with at least 1 trillion of that added from legislation that was in the pipeline when Obama took office. Obama "Tripled the debt"? No wonder conservatives are looked upon as total losers and obstructionists when they have people like you on their side who can't do simple math and apparently are unable to read the public information provided by the GAO. You're just like most of the sheep in the GOP who get their information from idiots and pass that false information along like idiots.

    February 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. c j

    as a matter of fact sheshe, some of them always claim how racist they are not but they dont realize that their mare expressoins speak very loudly.One thing I've always known is that when someone loves and accept others that's usually expressed by action. I as someone from a foreign country am so amazed at how americans could be so naive. Another thing americans , do your own investigations before you speak instead of relying on second hand info..... that's where your problem lies

    February 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. JT the the college freshman from MO

    I am still seeing comments on here attacking others for very unnecessary reasons; that does pose concern for me because I am supposed to be the "child" here. Let me educate all of you some more by using "science" as an comparitive analogy to how I feel about how we should act:
    Science is, in its broadest sense, any systematic knowledge-base or prescriptive practice that is capable of resulting in a correct prediction, or reliably-predictable type of outcome. In this sense, science may refer to a highly skilled technique, technology, or practice, from which a good deal of randomness in outcome has been removed.

    In its more restricted contemporary sense, science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge based on scientific method, and to the organized body of knowledge gained through such research. Science is sometimes called experimental science to differentiate it from applied science, which is the application of scientific research to specific human needs; although the two are commonly interconnected.

    Science is a continuing effort to discover and increase human knowledge and understanding through disciplined research. Using controlled methods, scientists collect observable evidence of natural or social phenomena, record measurable data relating to the observations, and analyze this information to construct theoretical explanations of how things work. The methods of scientific research include the generation of hypotheses about how phenomena work, and experimentation that tests these hypotheses under controlled conditions. Scientists are also expected to publish their information so other scientists can do similar experiments to double-check their conclusions. The results of this process enable better understanding of past events, and better ability to predict future events of the same kind as those that have been tested.
    If you notice in the last sentence of what I said, anyone would notice that science is also used to learn from our mistakes from the past and intergrate what we learned from the past into our present and future.
    Knowledge is a great advantage to have; I suggest everyone of us take advantage of that advantage that is just a book away.
    Education can be the key to healthcare reform, climate change, clean energy independence, financial reform, and the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

    February 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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