August 15th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Former White House social secretary says crasher scandal 'in the past'

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers says the White House party crasher scandal is 'in the past.'
Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers says the White House party crasher scandal is 'in the past.'

(CNN) - Former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers told CNN's Don Lemon on Saturday that she is excited about her new position as chief executive officer of a publishing company and that she has put the state dinner crasher scandal behind her.

Rogers declined to comment about the Salahis, the couple whose party-crashing ways may have cost her the White House position. Nor did she want to discuss a reality show that features the Salahis and that recently showed footage of the couple with a police escort.

Those images have sparked an investigation by police in Washington D.C., an official said Saturday.

Related video: Desiree Rogers moves into corner office

In the interview, Rogers said told CNN she is focused on her strategy for Johnson Publishing Company, Inc, an African-American owned and operated publishing company in Chicago whose portfolio includes Ebony and Jet magazines.

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Filed under: Desiree Rogers • Michaele Salahi • White House
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  1. jim

    This lady has proven that she can not manage anything,not even the time of day.If she didn't have friends in high places she would not have come up with this gig that she's got now.

    August 15, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. sensibile Cape Coral FL

    Hey Jim: What proof do you have that Desiree had"friends in high places" that got her the job? How abour sharing your "PROOF" with the rest of us or is that you just want to believe it?

    August 15, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. David Ford

    cnn is not doing there job. get your facts correct not from Fox News...:-}

    August 15, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. STR

    I disagree...she has proven once again that she CAN take on anything.

    Michaele Salahi is where she is today because she is White and blonde. Had she been anything else she would NOT have been rewarded, instead she and her hubby both would have been thrown in the slammer. Ms. Rogers is a class act...the Salahis are a dire contrast of that.

    August 15, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. GeminiTwo

    She didn't do a good job as Social Secretary – so how do you become a CEO?

    August 15, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Chipster

    Once again, sensational reporting and political posturing has created a huge media event where there was not much to report. If you read the actual events that led up to this, it was clear that the Salahis had misunderstood some communications about attending a WH event. Because she wanted to attend this event, Ms. Salahi read more into a letter about being able to attend a WH event than was intended. She seems to have actually believed she had permission to attend. Overzealous? Yes. Should WH security have been more thorough. Yes. Was there ever any danger to the President? No. Clearly, this was a "media-driven" non-story.

    August 15, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Gerald

    Affirmative action at work, fllow the money folks

    August 15, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. welches, oregon

    this is the only open comments articles, so I hope CNN will post this.
    I wish people would understand that by supporting the Islamic Center in NYC, (It is not at Ground Zero – just near it) President Obama IS Supporting America – if we discriminate against one religion – we are discriminating against all religions and America was founded on the Freedom of Religion principle. Good Job Mr. President.

    August 15, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Jerry

    Clearly she was rewarded for being married to Michelle's brothers basketball team mate, the liberals have no shame.

    August 15, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Chipster

    @jim, what proof do you have that Desiree cannot and did not manage her job well? You probably believe you manage your job well, so tell me how you have managed in your job to avoid ever communicating something poorly, failing to meet a deadline, encountering unexpected events, or simply making a mistake. Are you "Employee of the Day" every day? I wonder about that because today you have made a judgment about a person based on a nothing more single event that was blown out of proportion by the media.

    August 15, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |