Desiree says ciao, DC 

Say goodbye to fabulous: Desiree Rogers

It took leaving Washington for White House social secretary Desiree Rogers to finally get Washington: After the Salahi debacle, and her subsequent refusal to testify before Congress (what could be more Washington?) Rogers waited for a suitable amount of time to pass -- and then announced she's leaving.

A veteran pol couldn't have scripted it better. But she was never one of those. Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times talked to Rogers about her impending departure from the White House and presumably DC:

Rogers is departing after achieving a major goal of President Obama and First Lady Michelle -- opening up the White House to make it the "peoples house."

"As we turn the corner on the first year," Rogers told me, "this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world."
Rogers told me it has been "an honor and a privilege to serve this president and First Lady, in what has certainly been a historic presidency."

Rogers, a friend of the First Couple for years, was one of the first Obama administration appointees.

"When I took on this assignment, we talked about the importance of creating the people's house. My work was really to create this framework," she told me.

"I think I completed that work. Our office has been able to lay the foundation for what will be known as the 'people's house' and it has already taken shape."

Desiree has taken a lot of grief in Washington, but Beltway Confidential was impressed to see her at December's White House Christmas party for the press corps, confidently greeting many of the same people who had been hounding her over the gatecrasher saga and related transgressions (such as her own high profile and taste for couture). Looking her accusers right in the eye: also very un-Washington.

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