Washington (CNN) - The state dinner crasher scandal may have pushed Desiree Rogers out of Washington but the former White House social secretary has found a soft landing in Chicago.
Rogers has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc (JPC), according to a company statement. JPC is an African American owned and operated publishing company, which manages a portfolio that includes Ebony and Jet Magazines.
Rogers announced her intention to leave the social office 14 months into her tenure as social secretary. She had been charged with shaping the Obama brand when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama first moved into the White House in January 2009.
In November 2009, Rogers came under fire for her handling of the Obama administration's first state dinner when a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, attended the high profile event without an invitation, according to the US Secret Service.
In a conversation with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux at the time of her announced departure, Rogers insisted that the State Dinner did not influence her decision. "It has nothing to do with that…it's a Secret Service's job to handle security. Not the Social Secretary's office," she said.
Rogers had also been widely criticized for posing for photo spreads in Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as attending New York's Fashion Week, with some critics suggesting she was overshadowing the first lady. In her new private sector role, she will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations at JPC, free from the constraints and glare of official Washington.
Good for her – I'm sure she will go a good job.
Coat tail poistion in Chicago politics to an appointed position in the White House, screw it up and your a CEO....sweet home Chicago where political fortunes are made
From a glorified secretary to the CEO of a publishing company. Must be nice to have contacts. I hope Obama taxes the living beejeezus out of your CEO salary, Ms. Rogers.
Good luck to Johnson Publishing Company, you will need it with this narcissist running the ship.
Good for her! Good luck Ms.Rogers!
Wow, I feel sorry for that publishing company.................Doesn't a CEO of a publishing company usually have to know how to publish something? or write a book or novel? or have a college degree?
I would like to read the content of her recommendation letter and would be interesting to see who signed it.
Does anyone really care!!!!
duh who would have thought. WH takes care of its own
Chicago, never thought she would end up there, did any of you??????
Good for Her, God is good all the time.
Congratulations on your new gig, Desiree. Good for you!
I Hope That In Desiree Rogers First Act Under Ebony Or Jet As CEO Is To Do An Editorial Column Blasting The Irresponsible Behaviors (HypocriCNN! Especially) Of Some In The Media.
Good for her
who is she????
a nothing person, who possesses no credible worth...again, gets rewarded thanks to Obama...I'm sure he arranged the job for her...
I thought socialist didn't believe in capitalism??
Just another right wing theory refuted.