Obama's Social Secretary Desirée Rogers, who refuses to testify before Congress concerning the White House security breech, organized the Obama homosexual Easter celebration, and tried to ban the traditional Christmas nativity scene.
-- From "The Spotlight’s Bright Glare" by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times 12/6/09
Heads turned in the nation’s capital last January when a glamorous corporate executive from Chicago named Desirée Rogers arrived. Willowy and fashion-forward, with a chic pixie haircut, a designer wardrobe and a Harvard M.B.A., Ms. Rogers became the new White House social secretary — and promptly broke the dowdy mold for the job.
Now Ms. Rogers is in a different kind of nerve center: a Washington uproar over how a pair of aspiring reality television celebrities managed to get past the Secret Service to crash a state dinner for the prime minister of India. House Republicans demanded last week that she testify on Capitol Hill; the White House, citing “separation of powers,” refused. Suddenly, the social secretary has become the one thing no White House official ever wants to be: a distraction.
As social secretary, Ms. Rogers is responsible for every event that goes on in the White House residence, from the Easter egg roll to Christmas parties to visits from heads of state. . . . Gay families were included in the traditional Easter egg roll.
But Washington is a city that likes its traditions, and Ms. Rogers has raised a few eyebrows by trying to bend them. When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a “non-religious Christmas” — hardly a surprising idea for an administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths.
The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A White House official confirmed that there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.)
Yet in the end, tradition won out; the executive mansion is now decorated for the Christmas holiday, and the crèche is in its usual East Room spot.
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From "Jesus Nearly Banned at White House Inn" by Eric Metaxas, FOXNews.com 12/7/09
. . . But the fact that it was going to happen reveals a level of political tone-deafness in the current administration that is staggering. To most average Americans -- who did not grow up in an Ivy-League, inside-the-Beltway hothouse governed by the rules of the French Revolution -- the idea of keeping Jesus out of "the people's house" at Christmas evokes disturbing images of the Holy Family being turned away from the Inn, or worse yet, images of Herod. But to a super-secular White House afraid to offend anyone -- except for average Americans -- it probably just seemed like another fab "progressive" innovation.
If President Obama wanted to fuel the fears of every serious Christian in America and actually prove that he is every bad thing they've ever heard about him on every crazy Web site, the idea of symbolically taking Jesus out of the White House at Christmas would be just the ticket!
Let's face it: "Brand Obama" dodged a bullet by not going forward with this terrible idea, but only barely dodged it. After all, the facts of the story are right there in The New York Times for all to see.
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