Desiree Rogers, White House social secretary, is turning in her resignation, ABC News reported last Friday. The announcement comes only 14 months into Rogers serving and presiding over 330 events with the Obama administration.
Speculators say that Rogers’ resignation stems from a security breach after the Salahis, an uninvited couple from Virginia, crashed Obama’s first White House state dinner.
However, Rogers said that she is stepping down to pursue other interests.
“As we turn the corner on the first year, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world,” she told the Chicago Sun Times.
Rogers also said that it was “an honor and a privilege to serve this president and first lady, in what has certainly been a historic presidency,” ABC News reported. The Obamas said they were grateful for Rogers’ work and that she had done a fine job.
According to ABC News, the Obama administration is considering Julianna Smoot as the leading candidate for Rogers’ position.
Smoot presently serves as chief of staff for Ron Kirk, U.S. trade representative. Smoot also played a role in Obama’s campaign for the presidency, serving as the finance director for the record-setting campaign