I have been reading this crap about Desiree Rogers. This is wrong. What I am reading. Then I realized I shouldn’t be reading this stuff about her. No one should. She is the Social Secretary for the White House. I believe it is her job to plan social events. I believe it is her job to do ALL the social things and I believe she has done a great job. All this stuff about appearing before congress, about her refusal, about how “un-transparent” the Obama White House is, this is all crap. Don’t get me wrong, I have my own complaints about transparency, but this is just the Main Stream Media and the Republicans trying to skewer Obama, again.
The White House’s Social Secretaries come and go, at least every 4 to 8 years, probably more often. However, the Secret Service does not change. AND, it is the Secret Service that is responsible for the President’s safety and that of his family, associates, and guests. They have done State dinners before, for many presidents and for many different social secretaries. They have said that Obama has received more threats than any other president. They started guarding him long before they usually guard other contenders. They should be especially on their guard. Cheryl Stolberg, of the NY Times was critical of MS Rogers, writing “…the brouhaha over the party-crashing Virginia socialites, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, has marred her reputation for perfectionism, and forced the White House to confront questions about her performance and management style. So far, she has received unequivocal support.” One is supposed to get the idea that perhaps she shouldn’t get all that support. Well, she should and I will tell you why. She is the Social Secretary and she did a great job.
The Secret service, on the other hand, did not. It was not her job to ask the Secret Service what they needed in order to do theirs. If the Secret service needed someone from MS Roger’s office at every security checkpoint, to verify guests were on the list, then it was THEIR job to make sure they had someone. They have done this before and they know what they need to do to get the job done. Focusing on MS Rogers is misdirection. The attention needs to be fully on the secret service and it needs to be fixed. Congress needs to apologize to MS Rogers and get on with their job—passing healthcare that works, a meaningful climate policy and appointing a special investigator to examine the Secret Service.