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N8tracks
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04:14 AM on 12/05/2009
She fine as hell!
11:46 PM on 12/05/2009
@ N8Tracks and Juhar , Well Said !
02:27 AM on 12/05/2009
The SS men should be sent to Alaska to guard the American Flag at their Capitol Building. After about 5 years they will learn to do their job correctly.
It was not Ms. Rogers fault.
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slb83
01:38 AM on 12/05/2009
I had to staff an event with security before. City/Town ordinances specify the amount of police security is required for public/private events in public spaces based on the number of projected attendees. For instance, I had to have 3 police officers per 100 people. In most cases, even if you don't project that many people, 2 or 3 police officers may be the minimum requirement in some areas. In every case, the police security checked out the the venue and told me how they were going to secure the event, and how to best help them. In some cases they wanted me there to clear up any discrepancies but in many cases, that wasn't necessary since the names on the VIP list were considered final. One time there was a mistake and someone who had a VIP ticket wasn't on the list. That was cleared up because I had a master list of who received VIP tickets. They didn't receive one so they didn't get in because they clearly got the ticket from someone who decided not to show up. All of that happened because I was paged by the police using the walkie talkie that they provided me with. Had I made the call to let this person in, it would have been on me had something gone wrong. This situation is far less serious than what Ms. Rogers had to deal with, however she did not make the call to let them in. The SS did.
02:32 AM on 12/05/2009
Yes, I helped to host some events for an organization that also had a security crew... I got to chat with the guests some - that's just part of making them feel welcome - but I didn't act like a guest. There were always things to do to keep it running smoothly, and there was constant communication between the social staff and the security staff so everyone knew what was going on. Rogers was just a guest at the dinner, and she isn't taking responsibility for failing to keep an eye on things or getting her staff to.
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juhar
05:08 AM on 12/05/2009
The list was given to the Secret Service - are you suggesting that the Secret Service can't read a list without the help of the White House Staff?

The main part of Ms. Rogers duties includes be a delegator. She didn't know that the Secret Service couldn't read. Ms. Rogers is part of the Administrative Staff - She is not the greeter, the waitress, or the cleanup personnel.
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frankath
01:31 AM on 12/05/2009
I think that the impetus for al the finger-pointing at Ms. Rogers, is that the Right is trying to take down Obama's staff, one by one. Listen to them crow on the radio and TV - when anyone leaves, they take credit for it, no matter what. Oh, they take great delight in it. It never ceases to amaze me to depths to which the Right will go to do their dirty work. Yuck. Sometimes I wish the Left could learn to fight so dirty - but...no...maybe not.
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juhar
05:11 AM on 12/05/2009
Amen. At the same time the Right is trying to bring Ms. Rogers down they are letting former Gov. Huckabee off for letting a convicted felon sentenced to 95 years in prison off because he couldn't foresee the possiblity of the felon later killing four police officers.

Let's weigh this - Ms. Rogers guilty - Gov. Huckabee blameless. This is the logic of the Right. God Help Us All.
07:29 AM on 12/05/2009
well said
07:29 AM on 12/05/2009
I also think Rahm and Ax are behind it too.
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Farzan
Accept rejection and reject acceptance.
12:05 AM on 12/05/2009
What a non-story. Republicans are so desperately reaching for any strand of grass.
02:18 AM on 12/05/2009
Nonsense. My concern is for the Obamas and their guests. I wish their Social Secretary was more concerned for their safety than her own glory.
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N8tracks
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04:15 AM on 12/05/2009
Hey Dimwit, SHE IS NOT THE SECRET SERVICE!
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AlligatorShuz
02:49 AM on 12/05/2009
I am not a republican and I support Barack Obama 1000% but I am concerned about his safety and when people screw up the need to be held accountable.
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Farzan
Accept rejection and reject acceptance.
08:08 AM on 12/05/2009
Fine. But Lord know Reps do not have that concern. They want to distract us with BS investigation over Healthcare debate.
12:04 AM on 12/05/2009
I find it interesting that Desiree Rogers, is a Republican, held-over by President Obama, from the Bush administration. And yet, who is she being scrutinized by......? Republicans, like Peter King. Peter King, is a racist, White-guy, from Long Island, N.Y., where they think that just because thet are from New York, they can pass themselves off, as being liberal-minded, towards minorities (Desiree Rogers). I am a life-long Democrat, not prone to defending Republicans. But, this is not about Ms. Roger's political leanings. This is about: let's attack the Black president, and anyone on his staff, who is also Black! Remember this, all you racists (who think that you have accepted Obama's presidency): "You are, who you were!"
02:39 AM on 12/05/2009
Desiree Rogers is not from the Bush administration. She came with the Obama's from Chicago. She was a huge fund raiser for him.
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N8tracks
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04:16 AM on 12/05/2009
Your lack of true facts undermine your whole statement.
85Percent
Southern Liberal & Michigander
11:45 PM on 12/04/2009
There is very good reason for a the WH Social Secretary to have staff at the security entrance with a list to check off the arrivals, and it has nothing to do with security. They need to know that certain guests have arrived, and who did not show up. I have doubts that the final list was accurate and was of no use, and that the SS had stopped having any faith in it.
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N8tracks
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04:18 AM on 12/05/2009
It kills me how people with 3 person information claim to know all the details.
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juhar
05:19 AM on 12/05/2009
Nonsensical

The White House needs to know "who did not show up." - I'm afraid to ask what you think the White House and the Secret Service should do when they find out "who did not show up." Is it treason?

lol
12:25 PM on 12/05/2009
Why would it not make sense to know who showed up and who didn't? - I would imagine there's all sorts of information you could glean from that info... like maybe you don't waste an invitation in the future on someone who doesn't show up for a State Dinner... or maybe you have 500 guests on the list, and 100 didn't show up, but the head count shows 430 - who are those 30 extra people? (I realize that question might make you have to perform actual math!)... The reality is the Social Secretary and/or staff should have been at the gate and checkpoints to verify the lists/guests... as it has been done in previous administrations, but Ms. Rogers wasn't interested in sharing the limelight, so she had those staff people let go some time ago - so, good on her - now she can take some responsibility.
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DeloresT
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11:34 PM on 12/04/2009
The Repugs will do anything that they can to embarrass President Obama. The breach at the Obama's first state dinner was the fault of the Secret Service and not of the social secretary . Having a member of the social secretary's staff is a matter of recent protocol, but not their job. Thankfully it was a minor breach and I don't think that anyone at the Secret Service should be fired for it. It served to remind us that the Secret Service has a difficult job. We have to continue to pray for President Obama.....only God can really protect him.
12:31 PM on 12/05/2009
Why can you not see that it was BOTH the fault of the Secret Service and the Social Secretary?... I mean it is her job to finalize the list.... and it only makes sense that if there is ANY discrepancy when guests arrive that someone from her staff - or god forbid HER - would be available to handle the discrepancy - so that it would not be left to a Secret Service Agent who must then struggle with allowing an unauthorized guest in or humiliating a legitimate guest of the White House.

They are both at fault, and should both be punished.

... and if she claims she has no fault, well then, just tell us why.... oh yeah, in this transparent administration Social Secretaries are protected by 'Executive Privilege'... thank goodness we fought over that with the last administration.
03:08 PM on 12/05/2009
the list was finalized before it was handed to the secret service . the secret service screwed up .
11:15 PM on 12/04/2009
As usual, America gets so engrossed with petty gossip - while the country slides into economic chaos and world problems multiply by the day.

Secret Service goofed by using "good" (actually poor) judgement for a sob-story from a chic couple. Likely the couple, like many in Washington, DC and across the country, have been bull.chitting their way through life; and are finally caught in the act.

One can fool all people for some time.
One can fool some people all the time.
But one cannot fool ALL people ALL the time.
07:31 AM on 12/05/2009
These two are grifters that fooled the Secret Service. We all should be worried about that.
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zoooni
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12:21 PM on 12/05/2009
EXACTLY!!!
10:15 PM on 12/04/2009
What can a WH aid do assist the secret service in looking at a list and admitting only those who are on it?
08:59 PM on 12/04/2009
Security is the job of the Secret Service and the gentleman from the Secret Service who said that the blame was his and his alone was correct in saying so.

Unless the Secret Service requested that a member of Jarrett's staff be at every entrance and they weren't, this is not her failure.
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09:36 PM on 12/04/2009
That would be Rogers staff and yes they should. They did until Ms. Rogers changed protocol regarding the checking of arriving guests.
09:54 PM on 12/04/2009
Rogers does not have the authority to make a unilateral decision like that. The change in procedure was approved by the WH and the security staff.
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ckfan
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10:43 PM on 12/04/2009
The secret service is in charge of the president's safety. They can, will and have overruled decisions that they deem not to be in the best interest of the president. Now, IF they felt like they couldn't say no to Desiree then that is a problem. But, again, the finger is still pointed back at them. The secret service shouldn't feel threatened or be overruled by anyone in the WH.
08:56 PM on 12/04/2009
So why can't this woman answer questions about the negligence of her staff? And what's the value of having someone from her office present with secret service personnel? Exactly what would their presence do to strengthen security measures at such events?
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juhar
05:25 AM on 12/05/2009
Her staff was not negligent the Secret Service was negligent. Now that the world knows that the US Secret Service can't read a guest list and will let anybody in, Ms. Rogers will make sure her staff will be their to provide a layer of security that the Secret Service obviously can't provide.
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austin4
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08:31 PM on 12/04/2009
Ms. will not nor should no be punish for the incompetence of the SS agents. They missed their assignment, and should be fired. The people who broke into the WH, should go to jail If this was a Republican President, they would be in Jail tonight.
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09:38 PM on 12/04/2009
If the social secretary sends a list of guests that is not complete to the SS, is it still the SS's fault?
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juhar
05:29 AM on 12/05/2009
Yes. Yes. Yes. Are you kidding me? The list was complete. This fame-seeking couple was NOT on the list because they were NOT invited. Are you suggesting that this couple should have been invited because they looked the part?

The Secret Service can't alter the guest list with uninvited guests. The Secret Service learned of the breach from the couple's Facebook postings of the event.
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Dukedraven
08:27 PM on 12/04/2009
To "Amdezurik";

My last comment was my reply. I responded to yours.
08:04 PM on 12/04/2009
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