Desiree Rogers looks back on her time at the White House
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.
The Reliable Source
| October 11, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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