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Desiree Rogers looks back on her time at the White House

Desiree Rogers: Sugar and salt. (Randall Bivens Innovative Photography for Links, Incorporated)

Desirée Rogers mixed the sugar with the salt Saturday in only her second appearance back in the D.C. area since stepping down as White House social secretary in February.

First the sugar, aimed at the 650-strong annual luncheon of the Reston chapter of Links, Incorporated, the African American service organization, which convened Saturday at the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton to honor Alma Powell. "All of you are so well dressed, smart, you've got on some of my favorite shoes, you're socially conscious, and you're intelligent," gushed Rogers.

But about her 14 months at the White House: Rogers said she found the executive mansion "basically a museum." As much as she tried to enliven the place, she said, "I knew I was running against time. I knew it." Why? Rogers just let the ominous statement hang. No mention of her role in last year's state dinner, when security allowed three uninvited guests to pass through.

Now CEO of Johnson Publishing, Rogers oversees Ebony and Jet magazines. "As long as I can sit in the chambers of Congress and hear the first African American president called a liar, then there's room for black American media," she told the crowd. Room -- but not, it appeared, time: Rogers left shortly after her speech and skipped the lunch itself.

By The Reliable Source  | October 11, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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desiree is still playing the pity party game. at the FIRST state dinner she flitted around acting more like a vip invitee than a working staff member. she also made the decision to not follow her predecessors example and have staff members stationed with security at the entrances. i am so glad that a luncheon mrs. powell she found it important to mention the fashion and shoes of the attendess not the service performed by the attendees and their organizations. she is apparently a mile wide and an inch deep. good look staff members of the magazines she is now in charge of and make sure you wear some of her favorite shoes. after all isn't image everything.

Posted by: george32 | October 11, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

george32 obviously you don't know or care that the Uniformed Secret Service was 100% responsible for allowing the President's State Dinner to be crashed by the uninvited Salahis scum. The Secret service has the sole responsibility to verify the purpose and right of every person attempting to enter the White House. That duty is not the responsibility of Office of the Social Secretary in any way. A lot of people seized on the failure of the Uniform Secret Service officers to do their jobs as a means of hating on and attacking Desiree Rodgers. I suspect the hate that people like you have for Desiree Rodgers has more to do with her race than anything else, much like the opposition to President Obama !

Posted by: ellislawoffice | October 11, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Desiree does not provide security for the President of the United States. She does not tell the Secret Service what to do. She does not run White House Security, get over it. Americans should get used to the "FLAVOUR", blacks bring, we are used to being blamed for any and everything. Now America has moved on to blaming the Mexicans for their problems. Have you ever looked in a mirror? Have you ever taken responsibility for the shape this country is in? Do Americans THINK?

Posted by: Taylorsucram | October 11, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I can describe her tenure in two words: SCREW UP.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 11, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If I were sitting in the audience I'd be insulted by Desiree's condescending remarks. It sounds like she was surprised that the Links members could afford/knew how to dress with style. And then to not even stay for lunch? Please, Washington Post...stop giving this lightweight any more publicity.

Posted by: Z914 | October 11, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"As long as I can sit in the chambers of Congress and hear the first African American president called a liar, then there's room for black American media,".
Desiree is still showing her tackiness with that comment and being racially inflamatory. Why does the Post still do any stories about her? She is a nobody who botched her biggest job because she was busy being a party guest instead of out front doing her job.

Equality is all about equal treatment. Name me one U.S. President, white or black, who has not been called a liar by the opposition. Even George Washington was called that.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | October 12, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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