February 26th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
13 years ago

White House social secretary to step down

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/26/art.desireerogers.3.gi.jpg caption="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. chris l

    And another member of the anti American Radical Fringe Party (aka The American Al Queda Party) bites the dust. Its a shame that the one and done Radical and Chief Obozo Bin Biden doesn't step down as well. I mean in all honesty its obvious that he is severely unqualified (basically clueless) on how to be a leader. Maybe he could go back to organizing kickball games in the projects. He is better suited to do that.

    February 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Betty Walker

    Sorry for your situation.
    One door closes, another one opens.

    February 26, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    The Secret Service wouldn't take the fall for their blunder, so they conveniently shift blame to Mrs. Rogers.

    February 26, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Art Hill

    Uh, big deal?

    February 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Dlishh

    Can't take the heat? Get OUT OF THE KITCHEN!!

    February 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    Anyone has to wonder how this took so long in happening after her complete failure in keeping the President safe and her complicity in trying to help the couple bust into the WH reception when they were not even originally invited, not sorry to see this person go, in fact it could nat have happened to a more deserving person.

    February 26, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Tom L.

    Steps down? Is that what they call being fired these days?

    February 26, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Took her long enough. She should have resigned the next day.

    February 26, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. TK

    Sepping down? I would certainly hope she is being dismissed. She is representative of so many people from New Orleans who have found their way into postions because of who they know. She failed miserably at her postiion as social secretary and should have taken the hit from the beginning.

    February 26, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. RHN

    As she slips out the back door...shhhhhh.

    February 26, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Way overdue

    Shouldn't have this happened months ago....

    February 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. No socialism for Desiree....

    she's going after that corporate money.......

    February 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Objective Thinking

    About time.

    February 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. U.S. Common Sense

    It's about time.

    February 26, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Ms. Deesa

    Why isnt the secret service guys stepping down theyre at fault to. All the Best Desiree in your future endeavors.

    February 26, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Wanda

    WOW!!! Maybe one of Mrs. Obama's dozens of assistants can step into this position. I'm sure the Obama's have a lot of friends that they owe favors to that can fill the job. A lot of them are already being paid by our taxes.

    February 26, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    Duh,how did she get the job?

    February 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    When Palin's and McConnell's staff members recently resigned there was a flood of "sinking ship" comments from the left. My bet is there will be ZERO such comments from the left today! Wanna bet??

    February 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Katherine

    This is news? Who really gives a rats about any Obama croonie?
    How about some news that matters!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    Well, it's at least a step in the right direction. (And I'm a Democrat AND an Obama supporter.)

    February 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. all the news that's fit to omit

    Can I get tickets to the party when she leaves or can I just walk in?

    Just another chi-town crony that had NO BUSINESS being near the WH.

    Just like Owebama and Shelly.

    February 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's not like she's quitting such an important job, e.g. like being a failed Governor for 18 months. But then again, maybe she'll run for President or VP and of course write a book.

    February 26, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Jean


    February 26, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. k

    Good Riddance. Let's get some peopel actually concerned with security to handle this job.

    February 26, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Sue

    It is GREAT that the swamps are now being drained.

    The house of cards is falling fast.

    The Obama, Pelosi, and Reid house of corrupt, socialism/marxism-is falling fast-–and will be bull dozed over with the 2010 elections.

    Only 8 more months and the power/control is taken away from Obama, Pelosi, and Reid-–and sanity returns to our country once again.

    February 26, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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