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A Little Down Time for Those at the Top

White House Social Secretary Desireé Rogers, left, poses with designer Donna Karan at the Donna Karan Collection Fall 2009 fashion show in New York City last Monday. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)Enlarge Image

Travels with the Obama crowd:

  • When police, Secret Service and a caravan of black cars pull up to a movie theater, a VIP can't be far behind. On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill saw "The Reader" at the Georgetown Loews, where he was mobbed at the concession stand by fans asking for photos. The next morning, the Bidens had breakfast with two of their grandchildren at Booeymonger in Chevy Chase, where they stood in line and ordered just like the regular Joes.

  • Rahm Emanuel was halfway through "The Wrestler" at E Street Cinema Saturday night when a patron nearby passed out. The White House chief of staff asked an usher to call 911 and kept watch until paramedics escorted the guy out, then sat down to finish the movie (which had not been halted). "It's been a long night," he told another moviegoer.

  • Social secretary Desirée Rogers made quite a splash at New York's Fashion Week, attending runway shows of designers Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Thakoon Panichgul (where she sat next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour). On Thursday she was guest of honor at a lunch hosted by White House decorator Michael Smith with Barbara Walters and editors of Town & Country, Elle Decor and W. The super-chic Rogers was developing arts and cultural relationships for the administration.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  February 23, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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