As White House social secretary, Desirée Rogers will not only organize all social events and ceremonies, she'll help people imagine what Barack Obama’s presidency represents. Catching up with the “the most eligible woman in Washington" for Vogue, William Norwich finds the former Chicago businesswoman and Obama family friend deserving of such recent, rave reviews as “life of the party.”
“Desirée is so poised and so charming, so substantial and capable,” said Letitia Baldrige, JFK’s social secretary, who advised Rogers to avoid putting too many politicians on dinner lists. Rogers says she and Michelle Obama are studying Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House for inspiration, but plan to keep it fresh and inclusive. One possiblity: an Internet lottery to welcome a guest to a Pennsylvania Avenue soirée.