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. RCasson

    I hate to see her go, but I knew this was coming. She made a huge error when she let that couple crash the State Dinner. She should have known better. It's really too bad because I think she's a very talented lady.

    February 26, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Fooled Again

    I believe this was a position that wasn't needed. It's like having some click channels for you on your T.V.

    I hope they keep shrinking government positions, we can't afford anymore..........

    February 26, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. joyce pauley

    Personally, I think it would be a good idea for all of them to step down. We are the people, not THEY are the people. We need to get back to the basics, and become AMERICA again.

    February 26, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    Now maybe the Salia's can get in more often.

    February 26, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Jeremiah

    She is stetting down to work for Goldman Sachs? (post-bailout perk).

    February 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Mark

    Maybe the schedule was too hectic for her, the obamas average a huge party every three days..................

    February 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Barf101

    So long.

    February 26, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. wagon

    Blah, blah, blah, history. Blah, blah, blah. Democrats worry too much about making history.

    And that is why their status as majority in the House and Senate will be history this Fall.

    Obama is a duffus. Worse than Jimmy Carter. Hit 'em with your purse Barack.

    February 26, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. mmm

    Wow, what a group of haters you bloggers are. What is it that makes you all hate the Obamas so bad? Let me guess, he is black, yeah, I am probably right!! Hate on people hate on!!!!

    February 26, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Jean


    February 26, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Dan

    Sanity came back when it was Jan 20, 2010. When the crooked moron and his cronies were escorted to the helicopter. Its funny how you all forget that and blame everything that Bush, Cheny and their cronies, did on Obama.

    When did Bush ever do any kind of submit that allowed he allowed equal time to the opposing party? Its either you with us or aganist us, remember that

    When fall comes around, who in their right mind would put back the very same people that bought us the worst econmic situation since the Great Depression.

    Tell you what I am going to support Rubio. Yay Teabaggers

    February 26, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Angie in PA

    Well its not that Important of a Job. I mean I can see if your Govenor and you quit before your term!

    February 26, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Justice for the Righteous

    what about the 30 over Obama CZARS????

    February 26, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Ann

    To all of you critics – where were you when a CIA undercover agent was outed by the Vice President of the United States and no one lost their job until they were found guilty!!!!

    February 26, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Kitchen Police

    Joyce Pauley you are a lizard brain.

    February 26, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Good Job, Des!

    Great job, Desiree! You were very thoughtful about following Mrs. Obama's vision of opening up the White House to everyday people, and not just the wealthy and well connected as in the Bush years. I wish you every blessing in the future.

    February 26, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Papasan in AZ

    Scalping tickets to a State Dinner is probably going to get you into some hot water, so this is no surprise...

    February 26, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. WoW

    Historical presidency? If you're referring to the historical unemployment rate, one of top 3 highest this nation has seen, then OK.

    Liberals probably aren't worried about the high unemployment rate. They're too busy giving out welfare, free healthcare, and free tuition to people who don't bother looking for jobs and some who aren't even citizens. Liberals = Handout party.

    February 26, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. JM

    People are dumber than I thought. This woman was the SOCIAL secratary, she is not an high ranking member of his staff. You right wing, limbaugh loving nut jobs are showing how pathetic and uneducated you all are. This is not a house of cards falling down, it's not a sign of the government shrinking, they have to hire a new party planner. You people would be laughable, but you still have a right to vote. Go back to the trailer, Jerry Springer and Bill O'Reilly is coming on. Please you poor dumb racist garbage, please go to school, get a job, leave the clan rally's. You make our country the laughing stock of the world.

    February 26, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. FOX-1

    At least she owns up to her mistake and takes responsibility for it. Unlike most people in the previous administration. LOL!

    February 26, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Joe

    WOW you right wing whacko's are so full of hate, what happened to your so called compassion? Wait right wing whacko's have none!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. TCM

    this is what happens when you bring inner-city thug cronyism into the White House...Obama's a street activist thug at best; and Rodgers' level of expertise might be to organize the barbecue chicken grilling at a church picnic.....anything above that level...well, their perfomance speaks for itself.

    February 26, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Elinorribgy

    Why isn't security held responsible? I thought their names were not on the guest list.

    February 26, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. trim

    For all you you that are taking the opportunity to bash Obama, where were you when Bush was running this country in the ground. Stop uysing Obama as a scap goat for the Howdie Doodie that was Bush who left this country in shambles. Noone else could have done any better at straightening this mess out.

    February 26, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Desiree forgot two important rules: 1. stay in the background and 2. pay attention to details, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

    February 26, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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