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  • The Wrath of Michelle O Strikes Again

    06/14/2012 9:07:51 AM PDT · by NCjim · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 14, 2012 | Thomas Lifson
    The coming weekend will be a painful one for Desiree Rogers, the beautiful former White House Social Secretary who discovered that outshining Michelle Obama is a very, very bad idea. After following the Obamas from Chicago to DC and entering the history books as the first African-American White House Social Secretary, Ms. Rogers appeared to revel in her status as Michelle's Chicago buddy, and demonstrated a fashion sense that took advantage of her naturally slender frame and role as social gatekeeper to become (however briefly) possibly the most glamorous African American woman in the country.
  • Rogers (Desiree) named CEO of Johnson Publishing, parent of Ebony magazine (Salahi-WH)

    08/10/2010 3:31:49 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 8-10-10 | Sandra Guy
    Desiree Rogers, former White House social secretary and Illinois Lottery director, has been named chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company, the Chicago-based publisher of Ebony and JET magazines, the company announced today. Rogers, who left the White House early this year after two uninvited guests crashed a state dinner in November, had been working as a consultant to the company since June 5. Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of the company’s founder who held the CEO title, will remain as chairman. The two women are known to be good friends. “Desiree has a proven track record of successful business leadership,”...
  • Barack Obama tries to find a scapegoat for his own hubris.

    03/14/2010 3:11:32 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 24 replies · 1,562+ views
    Times Online (London) ^ | 14 March 2010 | Toby Harnden
    WHEN Desiree Rogers swept into Washington, she seemed the epitome of Obama cool. Sleek, black and stylish, she made clear that in her job as Social Secretary was not going to be a mere party planner. snip . . . Perhaps Mr Obama's biggest political flaw is that he seems to view himself as the personification of virtue and right-thinking. If Americans do not want health care reform, it's because they are too stupid to realise they have been hoodwinked by Republicans.
  • Desiree Rogers..."they never lifted a finger to help me"

    03/12/2010 1:30:22 PM PST · by ColoradoAce · 84 replies · 3,374+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 3/12/2010 | Peter Baker
    " For Ms. Rogers, associates said the episode proved a searing experience that has soured her on Washington. She believes she was left largely undefended by the White House, by her colleagues, including Mr. Axelrod, Robert Gibbs and even her close friend, Valerie Jarrett."
  • Desiree Rogers: a year in the life of a White House Social Secretary

    02/27/2010 9:25:24 AM PST · by Big Bureaucracy · 15 replies · 688+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | February 27th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    ....The music series brought to the White House a string of celebrities that gave Desiree Rogers the opportunity to mingle with the stars. At the same time the First Lady Michelle Obama was stuck in her vegetable garden and the WH kitchen (I mean that not literally but image wise). Desire Rogers made it on few fancy magazine covers. That made the Washington DC rumor machine to circulate the idea that the Social Secretary is overshadowing the First Lady trying to keep her in the kitchen while Rogers was star rubbing....The question was even asked at a White House briefing....
  • Scandal Leads to Desiree Rogers' Resignation

    02/26/2010 1:38:11 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies · 1,128+ views
    observer.com ^ | February 26, 2010 | Reid Pillifant
    This ought to make Republicans, particularly New York Congressman Pete King, happy. Mr. King, who's the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, has been trying for months to call Ms. Rogers before the committee, but the White House hasn't made her available, and naturally, Democrats have been reluctant to issue her a subpoena. Mr. King even sent her a letter with 15 questions. "I take this very seriously," he told Good Morning America. Why all the seriousness about a White House party? "[The Gatecrashers] could have been terrorists, they could have been psychopaths, they could have attacked the president,...
  • NYT: White House Social Secretary Resigns (Desiree Rogers)

    02/26/2010 2:56:53 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 42 replies · 1,851+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2010 | Jodi Kantor
    Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, is resigning her position just a few months after she was roundly criticized for a security lapse that led to uninvited guests crashing the president's first state dinner. "It's been a tremendous experience and honor to serve this president and first lady in what is really a historic presidency for all Americans but particularly for African-Americans," she said in a brief telephone interview. "That is part of the reason I came out to do the job." Ms. Rogers was a newcomer to politics as well as to Washington, and in her first year...
  • Michelle Obama's birthday: Party time

    01/17/2010 12:36:38 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 26 replies · 1,202+ views
    The Swamp ^ | January 16, 2010 | Mark Silva
    ... The dinner roster included : Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother, Valerie Jarrett, special adviser to the president and personal friend of the Obamas, Eric and Cheryl Whitaker, friends of the Obamas from Chicago, Eric Holder, attorney general, and his wife Sharon Malone, Marty Nesbitt, another friend from Chicago. Susan Sher, the first lady's chief of staff., Elizabeth Alexander, who recited a poem at Obama's inauguration,. Cindy Moelis, head of the White House Fellows program, and Jocelyn Frye, policy director in the first lady's office. ...
  • What is White House Covering Up in “GateCrashers” Scandal? - Special Report

    12/11/2009 2:28:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1,297+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | 12/08/2009 | Roger Aronoff
    The evidence clearly shows that the congressional investigation of the White House Gatecrashers is being controlled and limited. Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), now the subject of an Ethics Committee investigation, has made it clear that he wants to limit the investigation. Is he trying to protect White House officials with something to hide? Ignoring evidence of White House connections to the alleged gatecrashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, Thompson will not subpoena Desirée Rogers, the White House social secretary who is a very close friend of Barack and Michelle Obama. As a result of the stonewalling and cover-up,...
  • Party crashers will plead fifth if subpoenad

    12/08/2009 2:00:14 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 810+ views
    Party crashers will plead fifth if subpoenad By Eric Zimmermann - 12/08/09 04:27 PM ET The White House "party crashers" will plead the fifth if they're called before the House Homeland Security Committee, First Read reports. A lawyer for the couple reportedly indicated to chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) that his clients would invoke their right against self-incrimination if asked about how they got into a state dinner without being invited. The committee will vote tomorrow on whether to subpoena the couple, who turned down a non-binding request to testify.
  • OBAMA WANTED 'NON-RELIGIOUS' CHRISTMAS ?

    12/07/2009 11:19:33 AM PST · by patriot08 · 115 replies · 3,250+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2009 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Obama wanted “non-religious Christmas”?</p> <p>President Obama and the First Family were planning a “non-religious Christmas,” according to Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. Ms. Rogers reportedly told a gathering of former social secretaries that the Obamas did not intend on putting the Nativity scene on display – a longtime East Room tradition.</p>
  • The embattled Razzle Dazzle Czar (No Creche Display at the White House)

    12/07/2009 7:50:50 AM PST · by notaliberal · 46 replies · 2,651+ views
    Laura Ingraham ^ | Unknown | Laura Ingraham
    The embattled Razzle Dazzle Czar, White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers says that the Obamas were planning a "non-religious Christmas." According to the Sunday New York Times the confession emerged at a luncheon earlier this year with former White House social secretaries. The ladies must have choked on their Caesar salads when Rogers went on to announce that the Obamas did not intend to display the Christmas Creche--the manger scene that traditionally occupies a central spot in the East Room. (This revelation reportedly drew a gasp from the retired social secretaries). The idea was that the absence of the Creche...
  • Rolling Stone's Taibbi: Public Executions for Party Crashers; NYT’s Rich: They Are Party Terrorists

    11/30/2009 10:51:50 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 11 replies · 768+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | December 1, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Has the left finally a reason to be impassioned by a threat to our national security? Michaele and Tareq Salahi seem to have provided that reason. After the Salahis literally crashed a White House State Dinner on Nov. 24, the two demonstrated how vulnerable President Barack Obama could be to outside intruders. And justifiably, it has not only caused some concern with members of Congress, but some of the more outspoken members in the media. On the Fox Business Channel's Nov. 30 "Imus in the Morning" program, host Don Imus conveyed this concern, suggesting it exposed potential weaknesses in the...
  • Lawsuit: Salahis bounced $24K check for liquor buy

    12/05/2009 7:19:46 PM PST · by freepersup · 17 replies · 1,417+ views
    Uh Oh, Spaghettios.
  • WH Social Secretary: I Made Room for Crashers

    12/05/2009 10:05:56 PM PST · by goods · 26 replies · 1,078+ views
    yossigestetner.com ^ | 12/6/09 | Yossi Gestetner
    One of my Twitter followers steered me to an interview that White House social Secretary Desriee Rogers gave June of this year to BizBash. Read this part of the report: “When asked what she does with event crashers, Rogers replied (to much laughter), that she’s begun adding an extra table, row, or bench to every event she produces, as each time she found extra people would show up in hopes of gaining entrance. “Lots of people just come anyways, they won’t take no for an answer,” she said. “Finally I just said, ‘Alright, come on in, it’s no use kicking...
  • White House Aide Once Quipped About Enabling Party Crashers

    12/05/2009 8:34:49 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 59 replies · 1,887+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2009
    Desiree Rogers is under scrutiny for her office's role in the infamous security breakdown at the state dinner. A woman with a reputation as a consummate perfectionist is being criticized for dropping the ball — and, by some, for putting her own aggrandizement over her job. The White House social secretary under fire for her office's role in the security breakdown that let an invited couple into a state dinner once joked that she regularly allowed party crashers at White House events. Desiree Rogers made the claim in an interview with the trade magazine BizBash at the Creative Coalition's annual...
  • NY Times Scrubs Report on Party Crasher Salahi’s Membership in Pro-Palestinian Terror Grp

    12/05/2009 6:35:54 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 4 replies · 594+ views
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | November 28 | Debbie Schlussel
    Why did the New York Times scrub out news that it broke about the White House-crashing couple’s ties to an organization that supports Islamic terrorism? Yes, Tareq Salahi, the male half of the couple who crashed the White House State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is a Palestinian and likely Muslim. And not only that he’s an activist Palestinian who is likely Muslim, and who is on the board of the Muslim-dominated American Task Force on Palestine...
  • CRASHER-GATE: White House Social Secretary Regularly Allowed Crashers into Events

    12/05/2009 5:46:11 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 38 replies · 1,468+ views
    bizbash, The Lid ^ | 12/4/09 | The Lid
    The Secret service is supposed to take a bullet for the President. But are they supposed to protect the Administration from embarrassment? It is beginning to look more and more as if this is a hit the secret service is undeserving being forced to take the crasher-gate bullet. During the Obama administration crashers were regularly let in to Presidential events. Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, said in an interview with the trade magazine BizBash in June that she had adds extra tables and benches at every event to accommodate party crashers.
  • Desirée Rogers’ Brand Obama - Desirée Rogers

    12/03/2009 9:37:47 AM PST · by nmh · 76 replies · 2,641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2009 | Amy Chozick
    Desirée Glapion Rogers is the descendant of a Creole voodoo priestess named Marie Laveau Glapion. The first time I meet her, she welcomes me into her East Wing lair—a rhythm and blues tune plays on a white iPod, a potted white orchid perches between two windows, fresh flowers sit on a heavy wooden desk. This is a woman who never sees a wilted bloom. The 49-year-old turns on just enough Southern charm to camouflage an aura of self-assuredness typically reserved for runway models or first ladies. Wearing a crisp white shirt, black patent flats and high-waisted navy slacks that would...
  • Gibbs Compares Black Female WH Reporter To His Child (re Desiree Rogers)

    12/04/2009 2:44:55 PM PST · by STARWISE · 81 replies · 2,703+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12-4-09
    They really got into it .. and April held her ground and gave it right back (see transcript below) VIDEO
  • White House to Rogers's critics: Back off

    12/03/2009 4:11:42 PM PST · by Justaham · 35 replies · 1,387+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 12-3-09 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    If White House social secretary Desiree Rogers survives this week's withering attacks for her role in last week's state dinner security breach, she'll have gotten by with a lot of help from her friends in the West Wing. As a House committee opened hearings Thursday on how two uninvited partygoers were able to enter the White House grounds and shake hands with President Barack Obama, top presidential aides delivered a clear message to critics of this favored staffer: Back off. In a White House not known for its tolerance of staffing errors, Rogers has been the beneficiary of an unprecedented...
  • White House invokes separation of powers to block testimony of … social secretary

    12/03/2009 6:42:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,341+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.3, 2009 | Allahpundit
    This is kind of like asserting executive privilege to block disclosure of the White House chef’s recipe file. Even lefties can’t believe it: [I]t is literally inconceivable that anyone drafting the Constitution would have imagined the position of White House Social Secretary, paid for with taxpayer funds, and that the majesty of separation of powers rhetoric would apply to a situation like this…. This is simply yet more evidence that all presidents, regardless of political party and ostensible commitment to “transparency,” take on royalist airs when taking their oath of office. Congress wants to talk to her about how the...
  • Arab Times (in USA & Mideast) and Many Other Arabic Newsites Report On White House Security Breach

    12/03/2009 9:01:31 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 7 replies · 879+ views
    A random websurf today shows no shortage of prominent coverage in the Arabic language media including running commentary on the fiasco as well as in some cases detailed background explanations as to how the recent State Dinner security breach occured at the White House and uncleared people were able to come into close access with the President of the United States and visiting The Prime Minister of India.One such outlet is Arab Times in Arabic, located in the United States, but many other outlets are carrying it outside of the USA--including on some questionable sites. This appeared on Arabic...
  • White House Blocks Testimony on Party Crashers

    12/03/2009 5:23:30 AM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 3, 2009 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG AND JANIE LORBER
    The White House on Wednesday invoked the separation of powers to keep Desiree Rogers, President Obama’s social secretary, from testifying on Capitol Hill about how a couple of aspiring reality television show celebrities crashed a state dinner for the prime minister of India last week. And the couple will not testify, either, according to a statement released late Wednesday by a public relations firm.
  • White House claims executive privilege in probe into party crashers; will not cooperate

    12/03/2009 6:14:12 AM PST · by pabianice · 24 replies · 1,009+ views
    Fox News Channel | 12/3/09
    Fox reporting. Gibbs has changed his story from "unauthoized people at the reception" to "an internal affair covered by executive privilege." Says will ignore subpoenas.
  • Desiree Rogers Will Skip Hearing; New White House Social Guidelines

    12/02/2009 7:05:23 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 82 replies · 899+ views
    PoliticsDaily.com ^ | 12/02/09 | Lynn Sweet
    The White House will not allow Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to testify on Thursday before the House Homeland Security Committee, which is looking into how aspiring reality TV stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi crashed President Obama's Nov. 24 state dinner, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. And, as the Obama White House kicks off its heaviest entertaining season of the year, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina ordered new guidelines on Thursday to avoid a repeat of such an incident. Messina issued a memo spelling out that in the future personnel from the Social Office will be on...
  • Khalidi Pals Whine About Unwanted Attention

    12/01/2009 11:28:58 AM PST · by jazminerose · 2 replies · 302+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 12/1/09 | Joy Tiz
    White House party crashers and Khalidi Rashidi associates, Tareq and Michaele Salahi are insisting that they did not crash the fete but were invited guests. This revlation came during a whinefest on NBC’s Today show. The publicity obsessed couple hoping to score a show on Bravo are now bleating about unwanted attention. “Everything we worked for . . . for me 44 years, it’s been destroyed,” according to Michaele. This from the couple who managed to run the family business into the ground and are defendants in multiple lawsuits for not paying the bills for their lavish lifestyle. Predictably, the...
  • State Dinner Crashers Exchanged E-Mails With Pentagon Official

    11/30/2009 10:24:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 745+ views
    LATimes ^ | November 30th 2009
    State Dinner Crashers Exchanged E-Mails With Pentagon Official The special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, who was appointed by Obama, said she clearly stated in correspondence with the couple that she could not extend any kind of invitation. By Josh Meyer and Peter Nicholas November 30, 2009 Reporting from Washington - As Congress prepares to examine how a Virginia couple crashed the first state dinner of the Obama administration, the pair may be pointing to e-mail correspondence they had with a senior Pentagon official as evidence that they were invited guests after all. Federal authorities say Tareq and Michaele...
  • Defense official communicated with WH crashers

    11/30/2009 10:07:55 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 489+ views
    Associated Press / WIS TV ^ | Dec 01, 2009 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    The couple who crashed the Obama administration's first state dinner communicated with a senior Pentagon official about going to the event, but the official denies that she helped the couple get in. Michele Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said in a written statement issued through the White House on Monday evening that she never said or implied she would get Michaele and Tareq Salahi into the Nov. 24 White House dinner. "I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access...
  • Reports: Salahis Spoke With Desiree Rogers Before Dinner; Couple Crashed Previous Obama Dinner

    11/30/2009 10:10:56 PM PST · by kristinn · 49 replies · 4,400+ views
    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Kristinn
    Will Obama Throw Desiree Rogers Under the Bus for State Dinner Fiasco?Obama State Dinner Fiasco - Will Desiree Rogers Get Thrown Under the Bus? (Part Two woth video)A bombshell claim by a friend of Michaele Salahi last night on Larry King Live could end up blowing White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers out of the East Wing and under the Obama bus of discarded friends and associates.Politico reported on what was said on Larry King Live:As far as I know, they were invited," said Teresa Foss-Conlan, one of three Salahi friends who appeared on King's CNN show Monday night after...
  • Obama State Dinner Fiasco - Will Desiree Rogers Get Thrown Under the Bus? (Part Two, with video)

    11/29/2009 4:38:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 143 replies · 7,824+ views
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    Read part one here.White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has been dodging the heat so far for her failure to ensure the first state dinner by the Obama administration went off without embarrassing the Obamas.Worse still, her failure resulted in a potentially lethal security breakdown that has international repercussions.Slowly the press, which adores Rogers almost as much as they adore her boss First Lady Michelle Obama, are beginning to look past the acknowledged faults of the Secret Service to Rogers' failed stewardship of the dinner.Rebecca Dana and Lloyd Grove have a devastating article at the Daily Beast that noted several...
  • Will Obama Throw Desiree Rogers Under the Bus for State Dinner Fiasco?

    11/28/2009 6:15:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 107 replies · 5,305+ views
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    While much attention is being focused on the Secret Service for allowing uninvited socialites Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House last week, the person responsible for all facets of the dinner has so far been given a pass by her friends in the media.White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, a Chicago pal of the Obamas, failed to follow the previous administration's practice of staffing the Secret Service-guarded entrances for dinner guests with someone from her office that could handle any problem with invitees.The AP quoted Rogers directly...
  • Meet Obama's Secretary of Partying

    03/15/2009 2:29:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 2,070+ views
    WCAU-TV ^ | March 15, 2009 | Xana O'Neill
    The Obamas' high-profile party planner isn't your typical White House social secretary. Desiree Rogers, 49, has planned egalitarian balls, poetry slams and major concerts at the White House. She has also appeared in the front row next to Anna Wintour during a runway show at New York Fashion Week. The stylish fashionista isn't just a social planner -- she's a socialite herself. Rogers told the Chicago Tribune that she is trying to bring glamour, history and an urban sensibility to the White House as her role as social secretary -- and most of all, she wants to create what she...
  • The new 'in' crowd

    01/05/2009 1:57:09 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies · 1,530+ views
    dcexaminer.com ^ | 1/4/09 | Susan Watters
    For eight years, the president of the United States — the ex-officio socialite in chief — has turned up his nose at the slightest whiff of social aspiration. Now a new generation of Washington socialites has a dream. They see a dashing, young, brilliant president and his equally brilliant wife ushering in an era of inclusive entertaining. Gone is the white-gloved, debutante-loving, Pilgrim-pedigreed culture that still mattered in Kennedy’s Camelot and Reagan’s Hollywood East. Starting Jan. 20, when President Barack Obama and Michelle move into the White House, the “in crowd” will include just about everyone who, since the dawn...
  • Former Zulu queen picked for White House post

    11/25/2008 12:10:01 AM PST · by trumandogz · 76 replies · 4,287+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 11.24.08 | Jonathan Tilove
    WASHINGTON -- Desiree Rogers, a former New Orleans Zulu queen and daughter of a former city councilman, was named incoming White House social secretary on Monday by President-elect Barrack Obama.
  • Obama Team Names Social Secretary

    11/24/2008 1:23:46 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 14 replies · 1,141+ views
    the page ^ | nov. 24, 2008 | mark halperin
    Desirée Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary: Rogers is one of the most high profile executives in the Midwest and over the past 16 years has headed two major corporations. She is recognized as an innovative leader with a proven track record. Most recently, Rogers joined Allstate Financial as the President of Social Networking to develop an internet based community among the firm's 12 million households focused on financial discussions among everyday Americans. In 1997, Rogers joined Peoples Energy, a Chicago based natural gas company serving 2 million customers and became its utilities president in...