Wednesday, March 3, 2010

White House Secretary Desiree Rogers Resigns: Leave My Home Girl Alone

Not everyone is taking the resignation of White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers so seriously. Two days after the news of Rogers's pending departure broke Feb. 26 and began circulating the Web, Marla Singer tweeted, "First Van Jones and now Desiree Rogers? The White House just got a little less sexy." I was glad for the laugh because I've seen other comments about Rogers's decision with an undeniable sky-is-falling take on the story.

Come on, people! Not to disparage the work of the position, but is a social secretary's resignation anything like what happened to Van Jones? Neither is a social secretary quitting any reflection on the health of the Obama administration. Social secretaries don't make policy. (Jones has rebounded quite well, by the way, after being McCarthyed out of his White House position.)

Rogers, the first black White House Social Secretary, has been replaced by the very blonde Julianna Smoot, who I'm sure will do a fine job. She was co-chair of the inaugural committee and served as Chief of Staff of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and unlike Rogers, Smoot does not seem to be a former Republican.

Rogers is my age and grew up in New Orleans as did I, and so I hesitate to say ... The full text of this article is pending publication at

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