White House Social Secretary Will Step Down

Desiree Rogers presided over state dinner that drew party crashers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 1:55 PM CST
White House Social Secretary Will Step Down
In this Nov. 24, 2009 file photo, White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers arrives for a State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

White House social secretary Desiree Rogers will leave her position next month. Rogers says she feels comfortable leaving because her principle goal—changing the White House into a more open "people's house"—had largely been achieved, she tells the Chicago Sun-Times. But her tenure will be best remembered for President Obama's first state dinner, which was crashed by at least three uninvited guests.

"As we turn the corner on the first year, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world," Rogers said. "When I took on this assignment, we talked about the importance of creating the people's house. I think I completed that work."
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