Desirée Rogers… has been cruising for a bruising since telling The Wall Street Journal in April: “We have the best brand on Earth: the Obama brand. Our possibilities are endless.” She wanted to pose for The Journal in an Oscar de la Renta gown in the first lady’s garden, but the press secretary, Robert Gibbs, vetoed that.
The statuesque social secretary brandishing a Harvard M.B.A. and animal-print designer shoes is not any mere party planner. The old friend of the first couple from Chicago has the exalted and uncommon title of social secretary and special assistant to the president.
Instead of standing outside with a clipboard, eyeballing guests as Anne Hathaway did in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Desirée was a guest at the dinner, the center of her own table of guests, just like the president and first lady…
Desiree Rogers obviously didn’t know her place. Sop slabbed her yesterday in Speaking of Allstate, Anyone else remember Desirée Rogers? and Maureen Dowd’s Op-Ed for the NYT Who’s Sari Now? definitely put her in it – and well it should. ( h/t observant reader)
…the breached White House wall serves as a prism to examine our society, our president and our values.
We live in an age obsessed with “reality” and overrun by fakers. The mock has run amok.
This decade will be remembered for the collapse of the Twin Towers, the economy and any standard of accomplishment for societal prestige.
TPM joined the conversation adding comment from the President:
President Obama spoke today about the state dinner security breach, admitting that “the system didn’t work the way it was supposed to.”
But Obama also told USA Today and the Detroit Free Press that he has full confidence in the Secret Service and feels safe in the White House. I could not have more confidence in the Secret Service,” he said. “I trust them 100%, not just with me but with my wife and my childre
He should. The Secret Service is trustworthy. Rogers is not. Dowd made that point when she wrote, “if Congress investigates social climbing and party crashing in Washington, it won’t have time for anything else.”
What Ms. Rogers has done by not knowing her place is create a distraction from the attention Congress needs to be giving to the President’s agenda at a time when no distraction was needed. Simply stated, she’s not competent to serve in the President’s kitchen cabinet – or the White House kitchen. Ms. Rogers owes the nation an apology.