March 22, 2010

Sad and so DISGUSTED!

Obama Social Secretary Ran Into Sharp Elbows

by Peter Baker/New York Times
Published: March 11, 2010

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. (Article continues:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/us/politics/12rogers.html  

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The above article was an attempt to explain why the writing may have been on the wall for former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers.

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers/White House Photo

Well, as the title of this blog implies, I'm very dismayed by the ousting of White House Ms. Desiree Rogers.  After the embarrassing and highly publicized White House State Dinner gate-crasher drama, it appears that she alone has taking the fall. 

Depending upon who's telling it, she either quit, got fired, was asked to resign, but for all intent and purposes she left the (big white) building over a week ago.  Forced out of her plum job even though the now infamous 'gate-crashers' got through not one, but two layers of Secret Service agents; even though the head of The U.S. Secret Service has taking full responsibility for the breach;  OUT, even though the White House Social Secretary is NOT in responsible for keeping the POTUS safe.   

During the media firestorm that ensued in the wake of the gate crasher saga, Ms. Rogers would be lambasted for things she chose to do on her own time--like attend NY Fashion Week or the MTV Awards.  And so I ask, "What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?"

All of it left me wondering, if Mr. and Mrs. Obama will sit back one day and ask, "Was it all worth it?"  First they cut ties with their church and then their pastor, and now longtime friend, the dynamic, intelligent, classy, stylish and highly successful Desiree Rogers, all for the sake of what???


Public perception.
I found nothing in the above NY Times article that mentions anything about Ms. Roger's incompetence or ineptness. There's a reason for that; those are not words one would use to describe her.
Ms. Rogers is after all no ordinary woman of color or of any color for that matter. A Wellesley College graduate and Harvard M.B.A; she was president of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas before becoming a senior executive at Allstate Financial, and most assuredly among Chicago's movers and shakers before assuming the peachy White House position.
 
Of course mindful of the fact that conservative media spun the Jeremiah Wright controversy out of control, the fall out as in Desiree Roger issue case is about perception.  Yes,  he President and First Lady must maintain a certain image, but at the end of the day, who really cares that Ms. Rogers went to fashion week or the MTV awards; what law did she break by doing so? 
Let this be a lesson to future presidents and first ladies: Don't hire a high powered, dynamic, intelligent, classy, stylish and highly successful, 'ain't I a woman' woman to work within the confines of the backbiting D.C. bubble; or better yet, write into the job description: Be prepared to lose you self identity for the next 4 to 8 years, don't have a life, a life style, nor sense of style or you'll most definitely be eaten alive. 

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