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White House Social Secretary Will Step Down

Desiree Rogers presided over state dinner that drew party crashers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 1:55 PM CST
White House Social Secretary Will Step Down
In this Nov. 24, 2009 file photo, White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers arrives for a State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(Newser) – White House social secretary Desiree Rogers will leave her position next month. Rogers says she feels comfortable leaving because her principle goal—changing the White House into a more open "people's house"—had largely been achieved, she tells the Chicago Sun-Times. But her tenure will be best remembered for President Obama's first state dinner, which was crashed by at least three uninvited guests.

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"As we turn the corner on the first year, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world," Rogers said. "When I took on this assignment, we talked about the importance of creating the people's house. I think I completed that work."
(Read more social secretary stories.)

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