November 24, 2008 |
Desiree Rogers, a prominent Chicago businesswoman and Harvard MBA, will be named White House social secretary, sources in the presidential transition office told the Washington Post. Rogers, 49, is a friend of President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and is a leader in Chicago corporate and social circles. Her appointment signals that the Obamas consider the job crucial to how they introduce themselves to the nation and to the world. She was a major fundraiser for Obama, and has long been part of the Obamas' inner circle.
February 25, 2011 |
President Obama made history Friday by appointing the first male and first openly gay social secretary at the White House. Jeremy Bernard will join the White House staff from the U.S. Embassy in Paris and replaces Julianna Smoot. Bernard, a former Democratic fundraiser in Los Angeles, previously worked as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities. As part of his role, he’ll coordinate state dinners and other White House events. “Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways,” President Obama said in a statement.
May 6, 2011 |
Katie McCormick Lelyveld, press secretary to First Lady Michelle Obama, is leaving the post and returning home to Chicago, the White House announced Friday. McCormick Lelyveld, 32, said she will pursue a job in the private sector. She joined the first lady's staff in April 2007, her second campaign hire. McCormick Lelyveld is a graduate of the Latin School of Chicago, St. Ignatius College Prep and Georgetown University. During college she interned for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and later worked on Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2004.
November 27, 2008 |
For those clamoring for invitations to future White House functions -- including Christmas parties and state dinners -- there will be few people more important than Desiree Rogers. The Chicago businesswoman will wield major clout for such events as the next White House social secretary, an appointment President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced this week.
December 3, 2009 |
The White House said Wednesday that its staff "did not do everything" it could have to help secure the president at a state dinner last week -- the first public acknowledgment that it shared the blame for a pair of uninvited Virginia socialites attending the gala. "We can do more, and we will do more," Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina wrote in a memo circulated to the media. As the White House was issuing its mea culpa, it also was shielding the official in charge of the lavish event.
May 20, 2010 |
President Obama's second official state dinner mixed elegance with an extra helping of security as he and First Lady Michelle Obama saluted Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala, Wednesday night. Among the 200 dinner guests were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Eva Longoria-Parker, comedian George Lopez and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim. Longoria-Parker struck a political note in making her entrance, calling Arizona's new immigration law punitive.