Saturday, March 13, 2010

Desiree Rogers Pushed Out

Obama on Desiree Rogers: she was fine like Halle Berry, but we had to let her go!

According to an article in the New York Times, the former Social Secretary of U.S. President, Barack Obama, was pushed out, due to her high profile, interviews she granted and glamorous looks. There were also rumored run-ins with the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Desirée Rogers

Obama Social Secretary Ran Into Sharp Elbows

Published: March 11, 2010 - Desirée Rogers drew criticism for her high profile as social secretary in the Obama White House. WASHINGTON — Long before the State Dinner party crashers and the tension with her White House colleagues and the strain in her relationship with the first lady, Desirée Rogers began to understand she was in trouble when David Axelrod summoned her to his office last spring to scold her.

Ms. Rogers had appeared in another glossy magazine, posing in a White House garden in a borrowed $3,495 silk pleated dress and $110,000 diamond earrings. But if the image was jarring in a time of recession, Mr. Axelrod was as bothered by the words and her discussion of “the Obama brand” and her role in promoting it, according to people informed about the conversation.

“The president is a person, not a product,” he was said to tell her. “We shouldn’t be referring to him as a brand.” The confrontation that day between Ms. Rogers, the White House social secretary, and Mr. Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Obama, put at odds two longtime Chicago friends of the first family...