White House Social Secretary to Resign

The White House announced Friday that social secretary Desirée Rogers is stepping down.

Rogers, a friend of the Obamas, faced criticism throughout her tenure in the position, and was forced into taking a lower profile after three people crashed the first White House state dinner, said the Washington Post.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is quoted in a Reuters article as saying that "She's not been asked to leave."

Julianna Smoot, who served as the finance director for President Obama's campaign, has been announced as Rogers successor, Reuters reported.

Rogers said that she will return to the private sector, reported the Washington Post. White House rules forbid former employees from immediately becoming lobbyists.

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