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  •  In this aspect, I agree with Quinn. (5+ / 0-)

    It is not about being one of us, it is about the SECURITY of the Obama White House.

    Desiree Rogers should resign, I wrote this when it happened.  When was the last time a Social Secretary, put her name on the guest list as a guest, walks down the red carpet, mingle with guests (as she is one) and don't do her damn job.  In fact, Rogers FIRED the person who orchestrated checking all personnel with the Secret Service.  For over 30 years the social secretary's office has worked in tandem with the secret service for every WH event, as far as checking visitors for events at the WH.  And of course we have those who sneaked in, now 3, hell at this point it could have been many more and the WH is now putting BACK in place the procedures Rogers removed.  sigh.

    The PRESS knew these people were not on the list and called the White House out on this and Rogers office tells the press in vague statements, "I don't know", "I will get back to you."

    This happens in EVERY PRESIDENCY.  

    Rogers is an accomplished woman but not the one for this job.  She has irritated me on many levels and it took Robert Gibbs to tell her to get out of one of the photo shoots that Michelle Obama had with Vogue.  

    Being a social secretary is working BEHIND the scenes, making sure stuff is done, etc.

    The Obamas need to make a decision that she either stay or go.  Somebody needs to take the hit for our president.  This shit continues to crop up and does make him look ineffective on some levels in his own White House.

    Here is the video of Quinn talking to David Shuster on MSNBC.

    Again, this is not about Rogers being black, this is about her doing her DAMN JOB.

    •  I can't stand Miz Sally but (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm with slim on this.  Rogers doesn't need the job but the White House needs a behind-the-scenes pro doing the job.

      "Not the truth in whose possession any man is, or thinks he is, but the honest effort he has made to find out the truth, is what consitutes the worth of man."

      by Lying eyes on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 06:56:03 PM PST

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    •  i think Rogers has the job because the Obamas (1+ / 0-)
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      want her to have it and will keep the job because the Obamas (esp. Michelle) want her to keep it, and being tight w/ Valerie Jarrett doesn't hurt either...i think when the West Wing kept her from having to testify before Congress it was clear the decision was made that she was staying...whatever problems other people have with Rogers, the people whose opinions matter the most (POTUS & FLOTUS), seem to be that she is doing the they hired her to do and want her to keep doing it...and i'm sure she would not have gone to her boss's state dinner without her boss's permission, it's not like they wouldn't notice her's odd that so many people want the  Obamas to get rid of someone that they clearly want to keep around and who until this state dinner was getting rave reviews for doing what she was hired to do, planning and hosting some terrific events for the WH which made the WH and the First Lady look very good...

      "Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?" - 1876 OED

      by jg82567 on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 11:12:51 PM PST

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    •  IIRC, the breach came when people (0+ / 0-)

      who were not on the guest list were let into the White House anyhow.  I don't understand why it is the fault of the person who created the guest list, and not solely the fault of the USSS officers who ignored the guest list (on three occasions).  It was also reported that at no time did the USSS officers at the security gate attempt to contact the sociatial secretary's office.  

      Further, the idea that the social secretary only works behind the scenes is wholly inaccurate:

      The notion that a social secretary can't be seated at a state dinner is "ridiculous," says Letitia Baldridge, who served as social secretary under Jacqueline Kennedy.

      "I have sat at state dinners and so have many other social secretaries," says Baldridge. "Of course, you're constantly getting up. But I don't begrudge her at all for seating herself at the dinner."

      While your issue with Desiree Rogers is likely not race related, it appears that you may need to revisit the basis for your irritation with her, as it is clear that she WAS doing her job on the evening in question.  

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