President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday commended resigning White House social secretary Desiree Rogers for working to make sure the White House was the People's House.
[S]he did that by welcoming scores of everyday Americans through its doors, from wounded warriors to local schoolchildren to NASCAR drivers, they said in a White House statement. We will miss her.
Rogers, a former corporate executive, had also been a friend of the family for more than 10 years.
Earlier in the day the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that Rogers would be resigning from her position next month.
As we turn the corner on the first year, Rogers said in an interview, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.
Rogers said completed her work to create a framework for the People's House. During her time at the White House, she presided over 330 events.
Late in her tenure, Rogers faced criticism after a two uninvited guests attended a state dinner in November for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Soon after the incident, Rogers had been invited to testify about the incident before Congress but the White House declined to make her available, citing the need for aides to have confidential conversations with the President and his staff.
The Secret Service admitted failures for letting in the uninvited guests.