Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

The Obama's new star social secretary

The president and first lady have replaced one star in the social secretary position with another. The difference is that the new one knows how Washington works and what's expected.

Julianna Smoot has been knocking around the Capitol for years. Currently, she is the chief of staff to U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk. But she has worked for Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). Smoot was finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). She was senior advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Smoot engineered Obama's monster 2008 presidential fundraising effort. And she was a senior adviser to President Obama and co-chaired the Inaugural Committee. So she has a relationship with the Obamas and can continue to put their stamp on the people's house.

Of course, she's not nearly as close to them as is outgoing social secretary Desiree Rogers, an intimate from the Chicago days. But, as The Post's Robin Givhan wrote after the Salahi fiasco, part of the problem may have been that Rogers saw herself as more social peer than social manager. She never seemed to get that she was staff.

And now Rogers is leaving. “As we turn the corner on the first year," she told Lynn Sweet, who broke the story for the Chicago Sun-Times, "this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.” A star has been set free.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 1, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Capehart  | Tags:  Jonathan Capehart  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Cigarettes for Obama
Next: Is Pelosi right on health care and jobs?


Desiree Rogres was never a star...perhaps in her own mind, however. She did exactly what you Don't want in a Social Secretary - take the limelight and focus away from the president and first lady! Talk about a personal agenda.

The worst part of the Gate Crasher fiasco was that the Secret Service took the fall for Ms Rogers.

Posted by: Polemical | March 1, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

No one but you Versailles people cares in the slightest who the damn social secretary is. We get it, the last one didn't kiss your butts enough, so you petulant children ganged up on her.

History will not judge you all kindly. Paul Krugman was the only one to notice that 20 million people are out of work, and the Gang of 500 wants to waste time yakking about the most inconsequential person imaginable. And they laughed at him for bringing it up. Shall we discuss Obama's pastry chef nomination too? Maybe the WH groundskeeper is having an affair. Better get on this big news there Villagers. I hope money brings you comfort, because your consciences surely should not.

Posted by: Scientician | March 1, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please! Top adviser to Daschle? She ran his fundraising for a hugely expensive Senate reelection campaign. That's what she does for a living: raise money.
Who do you think is going to get those prized White House invitations when the social secretary is a professional fundraiser??
The guests better be prepared to bring some serious "hostess gifts" to the Obama shindigs. They'll be singing for their supper.

If this were a GOP president's hire, you would already have a list of her top "bundlers" and major contributors with an accompanying run-down on the pending Administration initiatives in which they have business interests.
If you have an honest bone in your body, why don't you try that story?

Posted by: parkbench | March 2, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

How many "Obamas" are you speaking of? If just one, I suppose THE Obama would be the president and your singular possessive form would be correct. If Ms. Smoot is to be social secretary for both Mr. and Mrs., the correct possessive form would be "the Obamas' new star ---". A small thing perhaps, but glaring on the pages of a major newspaper, which , in this day and time of ever declining standards of grammar and punctuation, should serve as a model of proper usage of both.

Posted by: hermania | March 2, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Desiree Roger again demonstrated her deaf ear to Washington ways in saying she was leaving for opportunities in the "corporate world." Has anyone ever admitted to that before?

Posted by: ElRosas | March 2, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

So along with these duties she will also be in charge of the Obama reelection campaign. Will she be able to get more illegal donations ? More big money from Hamas and the Middle East ? How much will Soros throw in this time if Obama doesnt get his socialist health care passed ??? Yep shes a real winner ...worked for Chris Dodd ? Tom Daschle? That says it all......another drama to unfold in the Obama farce of an Administration..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | March 2, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

While I suppose that since every modern first family has had a "social secretary" and staff, it would not be fair to suggest that the Obamas do anything differently, especially with two narcissistic egos like Barack and Michele Obama...
However, this is such a non-news event that it would be REALLY "newsworthy" if a dozen people could be found who admitted knowing or caring who or what this article was about.
Obama's first year is an utter failure, and the in-the-tank-for-Obama news media really doesn't want to cover stories that might suggest the 'anointed one' isn't really the second coming.
My one hope is that Dick Cheney was correct last week at CPAC when he characterized the current administration as a one-term event.
Kum-Baa-Yaa, people...Americans need to take back their country from the socialist-agenda, free-spending Democratic Party.
Now we know why "Professor" Obama won't allow the release of his academic transcripts...he probably flunked lunch.

Posted by: snoopy7666 | March 2, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Are you talking about THE Obama,
or the Obamas, a couple currently residing in the White House ?
If the latter, then please put the apostrophe in the right place !
How can you be taken seriously otherwise.

Posted by: rustman | March 2, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company