A Lil Positivity: Desiree Rogers Making a Difference at The White House

- By Bossip Staff Categories: A "Lil Positivity", Bolitics, News

With the recent White House Gate Crashing incident, the efforts of  Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers have been overshadowed.  For all those who may not know, Rogers is responsible for planning official social events for The White House.

As social secretary, Ms. Rogers is responsible for every event that goes on in the White House residence, from the Easter egg roll to Christmas parties to visits from heads of state. She must coordinate with chefs, florists, lighting technicians, military aides, musicians. Her job is to carry out the vision of the President and First Lady, and to make their social events reflect their sensibilities.

Harvard educated with an M.B.A., Ms. Rogers is used to making decisions and planning, and has been a perfect fit in helping the Obamas make their social statement in D.C. Yet with any rising star comes controversy. With the investigation ongoing as to how the White House Gate Crashers were allowed to get past the Secret Service, there is a lot of finger pointing going on as to who is to blame.  There are some who even feel that Ms. Rogers’ social responsibility is in question.

On the surface, the controversy is about a security breach, and whether Ms. Rogers contributed to it by failing to station someone from her office at Secret Service checkpoints as guests were arriving at the dinner on Nov. 24 — a practice of administrations past. The Secret Service has accepted full responsibility for the crashers, but in a memorandum issued last week, the White House deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, announced that henceforth, social office employees will stand alongside members of the Secret Service at guard posts — an embarrassing rebuke of Ms. Rogers, though she was not named.

There will always be those who question the talents of successful African-Americans, and try to bring them down, but we applaud the grace and efforts of Ms. Rogers, making a difference at The White House.

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  • KeepNit2Real

    it is so sad how they tried to go after Desiree when the party crashing Salahi’s showed up like it was her fault.

    But she had nothing to do with those scammers coming in the White House like that…

    Anywho, I think she’s a gorgeous woman who deserves more accolades and props then she gets for her job.

    I’m behind you Desiree! =]

  • Wigger McGavin

    Nice chick from new orleans. go get em girl.

  • drenk

    I thought Kumar was the party planner for the white house???

  • Gimmeabreak78

    @KeepNit2Real

    100% Cosign

    It’s ridiculous that the social secretary needs to babysit the Secret Service of all people. You would think they have their you-know-what together.

  • Honey (KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS...LOL)

    @KeepNit2Real
    Please behave today!!! You are off to a great start. LOL. How have you been ??

  • KeepNit2Real

    Honey (KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS…LOL)

    12/8/09, 10:13:am

    @KeepNit2Real
    Please behave today!!! You are off to a great start. LOL. How have you been ??
    ________________

    not too good Honey. My wifey is in the hospital from an allergic reaction to some medicine she was taking. As soon as I get word, I’m leaving.

  • KeepNit2Real

    @KeepNit2Real

    100% Cosign

    It’s ridiculous that the social secretary needs to babysit the Secret Service of all people. You would think they have their you-know-what together.
    __________________

    I work right by Capitol Hill. I see how these guys slack for what THEY deem a pretty girl or someone who LOOKS like they have money.

    It’s the American way. *yawn*

  • Pimpin (CEO OF KDBs WorldWide) Peacoat Weather....

    God invested a lot of time in sistas looks, she is 50….smh I aint NEVER leaving the black side, no lawd…smh

  • Nique

    She did play a role in those ppl crashing the party. They have emails from her and the Salahis prior to them attending…I guess they were under the impression that she invited them.

    Desiree Rogers…..FAIL!

  • WhatAWorld

    I think she’s pretty fly and how is she supposed to be down-to-earth,homegirl-like snapping her neck.To some black men,black women can only be two things a snobby b.itch or ghetto hoodrat.When they realize there are other types they gasp in shock!Some of you guys really should get out more often!

  • Nique

    f*ucked up

  • d303

    she should have been fired and this PR move does not change my opinion. NEXT!

  • Jonesy

    Gotta love a well oiled PR machine….she screwed up, plain and simple. It has always been protocol to have someone from the Social Secretary’s office at each portico entrance checking the guest list in conjunction with the SS. Ms. Rogers chose to do away with that. While the SS bears some of the responsibility, so shall Ms. Rogers for not doing her job, and following a long standing operation that has been in place.

    Yes, she has the credentials to do the job, however that does not exempt her from making poor choices in doing it correctly.

  • 2dimplzs

    I totally disagree that “they” tried to bring her down. In my opinion she was just as responsible for the security breech as the secret service! She corresponded with these people and didn’t make sure that they knew that they could not come! I don’t feel a voicemail message was enough and if she didn’t have time to keep calling them back to get word to them then she should have had her assistant get in contact with them directly.

    I know it’s easy for us to sit back and say “coulda, woulda, shoulda” but this isn’t your typical black tie party either! Lives are at stake and there is no room for laspes in judgment or sloppy follow up.

    I’m not taking anything away from her accomplishments in the past or what she’s doing now, but this was a mess up that should not be swept under the rug. She should appear before congress for questioning as well as those stupid party crashers! Charges should be brought up against the party crashers for sure.

  • Jay the Real One

    Rogers is in large part to blame, she was supposed to be down there or have a rep at the gate. Enough giving her a colored pass for being inept.

  • Jay the Real One

    I wrote p-a-s-s how is that offensive?

  • Jonesy

    Just to let everyone know…Ms. Rogers did not correspond with the Salahi’s. It was the Special Assistant to the Defense Secretary. Her name is Michele Jones. She is the one who let the Salahi’s know that she could not get them tickets to the dinner.

    Ms. Rogers role in all of this is the fact that she did not have someone from her office or even herself standing at the portico entrances checking the guest list, and invitations. That is the Standard Operating Procedure that she felt the need to do away with, and hence caused this bungled mess.

  • Jay the Real One

    April Ryan did her job

  • she'ree

    WHO GIVES A F***

  • Boskonovitch

    what a pass

  • KeepNit2Real

    Nique

    12/8/09, 10:35:am

    @KeepNit2Real

    In the emails she stated that she wasnt sure if she was able to get them tickets for the event but said she would let them know. Well they showed up anyway and followed it with an email saying how they had such a great time.Ms.Rogers sent a responding email stating, she was pleased to hear that they enjoyed themselves.

    …If that doesnt sound like someone who made an oops, I dont know what does!I would have more respect for her if she admitted A.She knows them and B.She *****ed up!
    _______________________

    Not really Nique. Explaination:

    In D.C. there is an assumption that if people with money show up somewhere, then there is a purpose and you treat them like royalty.

    In THIS case, she didn’t realize that the Salahi’s were major scammers…in fact, it took this situation for this to come out.

    So, the only thing she could do was gracefully ACT as if she did the right thing. How could anyone have known these goons were as big a scam as thjey turned out to be?

    The White House has been hit like this 93 times. So this isn’t like it was the first time this happened. Desiree will get her smack on the wrist…but this doesn’t reflect on her lack of doing her job.

    It’s the nature of working in Washington, DC.

  • Say it isn't so

    She should have been at the entrance greeting the guests and checking and re-checking the lists against the lists. There were very important dignitaries and heads of state at that dinner and she really embarrassed the President. It was her responsibility to make sure that only invited guests attended the State dinner and reception and not party like a rock star! The Secret Service was there to protect the President and provide security for his guests not check the guest lists. Period. She should be fired, because the President was put in harms way and that is unacceptable. On top of that, I didn’t see the correspondence between her and the crashers, but to respond and say, I’m glad you had a good time, sounds to me like she didn’t know who was at the State dinner. She is beautiful and very intelligent, but a liability. Sorry!

  • Nique

    @KeepNit2Real

    I applaud you for trying to “uplift” this sistah but point blank-SHE DROPPED THE BALL!

    And Im not buying the scammer excuse-this is the US government-where they can tell you the date and time you took your first sh!!t-INSIDE THE WOMB! I highly doubt that a couple of clicks and someone doing their job couldnt find this information out.

    She f*ucked up-now OWN IT!

  • yo mama

    please. it’s her fault the gate crashing thing happened i the first place. and then she wouldn’t own up to it so the cia became implicated. and then she refused to testify before congress about it. her priorities are all jacked up. she makes all that sh*t about her and she really shouldn’t even be seen. she is tacky and helping the obama white house to seem silly. me no likey.

  • Honey (KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS...LOL)

    @ Nique and KeepNit2Real

    No comment.

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