[GSMITHBOOK] Velvet divorces are very fashionable right now. Just this week, J.Lo and Sony got one. Now, word on the street is that Washington insider and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers and President Obama have divorced. Ms. Rogers will step down from her post next month and will be replaced by a Ms. Julianna Smoot. The reason for the divorce has not been disclosed but there is much speculation that Ms. Rogers dropped the ball last year when, on her watch, a crasher couple crashed the president’s first, and thus far, only state dinner that honored the Indian prime minister and his wife.
Some say it was all the Secret Service’s fault and some say that the buck stopped with Desiree. Whatever the case may be, with security this lax, they could have gotten the president killed. Who can blame him for asking for a divorce? Somebody had to take the rap. Too bad it had to be Ms. Rogers. Some say she was often more concerned with her fashion sense (she had a spread in Vogue, for example) than crossing her T’s and dotting her i’s when it came to taking care of her presidential duties — including watching Mr. Obama’s back. is that fair? I don’t know. But I will say this: Mrs. Obama must have been absolutely livid with Ms. Rogers! There goes a perfectly good friendship.
Notwithstanding the premature demise of this Obama/Rogers marriage, however, both sides, and Mrs. Obama, are very gracious and tactful about the whole sordid mess. Says the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview with Rogers:
After I spoke to Rogers, President Obama and First Lady Michelle said in a statement, “We are enormously grateful to Desiree Rogers for the terrific job she’s done as the White House Social Secretary. When she took this position, we asked Desiree to help make sure that the White House truly is the People’s House, and she did that by welcoming scores of everyday Americans through its doors, from wounded warriors to local schoolchildren to NASCAR drivers. She organized hundreds of fun and creative events during her time here, and we will miss her. We thank her again for her service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Ms. Rogers had a very similar style to the First Lady. She is often photographed wearing a big belt just like Michelle Obama is prone to do. What’s the story with the belts with these Washington power women? Was there a little bit of competition going on among them? It wouldn’t be a huge surprise since they both have a lot of similar qualities and qualifications. (One wonders since those massive belts are not all that ubiquitous in the rest of the population, and in particular, with the other fashionistas. What are the odds that both women are into wide belts?)
In any event, kudos to all involved for this velvety smooth break up. At least, as of this printing, there doesn’t seem to be any salacious tell alls in any of their immediate plans. But stay tuned. Things can change quickly in D.C. we’re told.