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. Bill

    @Sniffit:

    Moderately well spoken (the inclusion of a Mobius loop is a bit of a stretch). Your statement, however, suggests that it is incumbent on the other poster to defend the larger party (to wit: your assertion that Republicans are racist). Or would you also have suggested that Democrats really try to understand why THEY might be perceived as unpatriotic when they opposed some of the previous administration's policies and used the same mantra "Why is it that anyone disagreeing with Bush is labeled "unpatriotic?" "

    February 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Bill

    @Lea, who said "And by the way, this country isnt nearly as conservative as the Limbaughites and some Republicans would have you believe–"

    Yeah. Sure. :) Just wait until September. MA and VA were nothing compared to what's going to happen then. But between now and then, keep smiling and keep posting! :)

    February 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Kathleen

    The Republicans, who NEVER do anything wrong, just kept
    whining and whining about this mishap. Let's get their "social
    expenditures out itnpublic with full transparancy. They'd all have to go!

    February 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Brad/San Diego

    I have never seen so many RACIST in this country as I see now, just because we have a black president you all come out of the wood work. I hope you all have hard time sleeping at night, and you are unploymed and no insurance, and we will see which one of you racist come crying for job and insurance. I will support this president.

    February 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Easy

    I am so sick of all these Right-Wing, Conservative-Crazy, GOP, Tea-bagger or whatever other name this month you can come up with -HATING on the President and his agenda. WHERE IS YOUR PLAN!?..

    You jump off a cliff with "Oh he said unemployment wouldn't go above 8% now its at 10%". Of course it went up – you all been throwing acid in the mix since day one – slowing down EVERYTHING He's trying to do to help!

    But where is your plan? Everything is typical "PARTY OF NO" or "PARTY OF SLOW". I haven't seen any one plan on the part of the Republicans or Conservatives in general to fix any of the problems the country is facing. 90% of anything coming out there mouths is about what's wrong with what the Pres. Obama is doing – not about the GREAT ALTERNATIVE PLAN that they have. Because they don't have one. Never have – and probably won't ever have one. Because they don't spend ANY time on it. They would rather go on a witch hunt for every Democrat, White House Staffer, etc. , etc. etc. (like this poor lady) in an attempt to embarrass this President and his administration. Or go on TV and twist the specifics or flat out LIE about legislation like Health Care Reform.

    Sponsoring a bill and then voting against it? Since when does that make sense. Maybe Republicans are more like Toyota staffer -"uh I'll build the car – but there's no way you'll get me to drive it". That's sounds like a A+ plan (not).

    You all just need face the truth – your true desire and efforts are for this administration and this President to fail -and that doesn't make you PATRIOTS it makes you cowardly Sabotage artist afraid of change.

    February 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Kathleen

    She made one mistake and the Repubs would not shut up until
    they let her go or forced her out. The Repubs have not made ANY
    mistakes? Well, what about the worst of the worst, 9-11!!!! They
    were warned ahead of time, for God's sake. I hate Repubs. ALL
    of THEM!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Read the constitution

    this board is the exact reason why the founders set-up limited federal government! We all don't agree! If you want a big liberal state with lots of spending and bankruptcy, run your state like California. Look at the states doing the best in this crisis...almost all red states!
    CA, IL, MI, NJ were all run into the ground by liberals. WAKE UP.

    February 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. glopez

    I wish all Americans would realize that it's time for all men/women to come to the aid of their country. Be honest with yourself about why you feel the way you feel and why this country is in its current state. We must pull together and make America a better place. The answers are not Democratic or Republican. We are all being manipulated by both sides of the isle. Wake up America!!!

    February 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Holy smokes Bill...do you have day job? You're on this comment thread just a tad too much aren't ya'? I'm scrolling down and you're pretty much every 2nd or 4th comment.
    Quit bogarting the table!

    February 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. veritas

    NEWS UPDATE! The GOP and all the right wing extremists, Rush, Glen Beck, their party's former VP candidate PALIN, etc, are the minority. They can scream and hollar all they want, they are still the minority. That's what elections are about. Let's see how this fringe extremist group, (aka The American Taliban) does in 2012. Until they figure out how to stay out of peoples bedrooms and out of women's wombs I'm not to worried.

    February 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Rob Johnson

    She is probably a very nice lady, but if anybody in history ever deserved to be fired, it's her.

    As others have said on this thread, Obama isn't exactly getting a lot of help from some of his staff people. I would agree with another poster that Rahm Emanuel should be next. His heavy-handed arm-twisting tactics have totally backfired on Obama and the Democrats.

    February 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Eric Prince II

    About time, she was way over her head! Sidebar – And I bet the majority of you whining progressives didn't know that Miss Rogers comes from a Republican family? She herself was once a Republican. Regardless, her typically naive liberally mentality could have potentially cost the President his life! "Hey, why sweat the small stuff? It's just a party." Because it's your job! The problem is that this entire administration is stacked with the same mindset. All liberal idealism, w/out a dose of any practical experience! Too much schooling, is just as bad as too little!

    February 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Scott

    Correction on a liberal rambling over. Obama has "Tripled the deficit", not tripled the debt. If you want to attack, at least listen. You sound like the guy who responded after Paul Ryan yesterday. It sounded like he had zoned out for all of Ryan's time but faintly heard "CBO" and "wrong" in the background.

    Did anyone else notice that Obama just tried to move on from Ryan's analysis of the lies on savings in this bill....Not a single contesting of the points he made.

    February 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Rickster

    Why, I do believe I am detecting some panic and frustration coming from the democrats in here. Their "savior" has turned out to be the biggest loser ever to occupy the white house......everything he has touched has failed miserably and it's really getting to the dems.

    The democrat party is the rickety old building and Obama is the wrecking ball.

    February 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. glopez

    I wish all Americans would realize that now is the time to come to the aid of our country. Be honest with yourself about why you feel the way you feel and why this country is in its current state. It's time for all of us to pull together and make America a better place. The solutions are not Democratic or Republican. We are being manipulated by both sides of the aisle for selfish political gain. Wake up America!!!

    February 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Bed time for Raygun

    I live here and this guy is a total bagman for ExxonMobil and the Swordmakers.

    February 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Wasn't it YOU CONSERVATIVES, that were ALWAYS telling us, Liberals to LEAVE IF WE DID NOT LIKE BUSH???? Now when we 'return the favor' ...... you are offended?! You folks, are nuts!

    Since President Obama was elected ONE year ago, the Republicans have offered not one single ....... solution, nor new idea, nor any attempt at working with the President of the United States.

    In all my 57 years of life, I have never witnessed such HATE towards a president! So what are we to think but........ racism? Have you read the signs at Teabaggers demonstrations?

    Everyone has a right to voice their opinion, but it is evil to spew hate everyday.

    February 26, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Andy from NYC

    Clearly this individual is not qualified to act in the capacity of social secretary. How could you throw a party and not provide functioning access control? Her excuse of just being a phone call away during the event is pathetic. That is why you have a staff to mind the door with a guest list in hand and the best bouncers in the country in the form of the secret service. What a disgrace!

    February 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Jenny

    Has nothing to do with race...there have been just too many gaffes...first the unauthorized couple getting through security since Mrs. Rogers didn't have staff available to assist with identification, then the embarrassing walk of the Dali Lama last week past the garbage bags just to name two embarrassing instances. I cringed for our nation wondering if the Social Staff just didn't get it that they have to pay attention to details like that. Maybe she's just destined for a job with more important duties in the private business sector...I wish her well.

    February 26, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Gbenga

    Another great and uneccessary loss the for Obama administration, and for the country. Sad.

    February 26, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Debby

    Its not her fault she thought she was a social secretary for Idiots. LOL

    February 26, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Leon

    Obama, Reid and Pelosi are going to honor G.W. Bush next week by naming the Tetonic Plates under Hati after him. They will now be known as BUSHES FAULT, along with anything else they can think of.

    February 26, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Italia

    On a level I am sorry Ms. Rogers lost her job. I am sure she was competent, loyal and excellent regarding what she did. The only comment I will make is that early on, I thought she was overshadowing Mrs. Obama, I really did. Her ambition shown through like a lighthouse guiding ships at sea. She was merely working towards her next gig and she hurried it along. But was she fabulous at what she did. YES!

    February 26, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Bill

    Do you think she was in over her head? DUH!?

    February 26, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Italia

    On a level I am sorry Ms. Rogers lost her job. I am sure she was competent, loyal and excellent regarding what she did. The only comment I will make is that early on, I thought she was overshadowing Mrs. Obama, just a tad. I really did. I remember thinking, She's not going to last long as her ambition shown through like a lighthouse guiding ships at sea. She was merely working towards her next gig and she hurried it along. However, was she fabulous at what she did. YES! While I am a huge admirer of Jackie Kennedy. Hello, those days are LONG GONE. Ms. Rogers was a breath of fresh air. We haven't heard the last! Desirre, knock em dead and keep on keeping on. I will miss your outfits for sure! You rocked it. Impeccable taste.

    February 26, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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