CBS News has confirmed that White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers plans to step down next month.
Rogers told the Chicago Sun-Times, which first reported the story, that she plans "to explore opportunities in the corporate world." Her possible resignation had been the subject of rumors for months.
A former corporate executive, Rogers took criticism for her role in Tareq and Michaele Salahi and Carlos Allen's unauthorized entry into a state dinner amid reports that the White House did not have staff at security checkpoints. The White House turned down the House Homeland Security Committee when it requested she testify about her role in the incident.
The Chicago native and longtime friend of the Obamas has been working to make the White House more of a "people's house" and has presided over 330 events in her time there, according to Sun-Times.
She said she "completed that work," telling the newspaper that "our office has been able to lay the foundation for what will be known as the 'people's house' and it has already taken shape."
You may remember her from this incident...
Friday, February 26, 2010